- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at FleetCenter in Boston:
LOOKING AHEAD Boston coach Jim O'Brien is a man of few words. But he has some interesting words to say about the Wizards and the injured Michael Jordan..
"I haven't thought about Michael since he was operated on," O'Brien said, "but the Wizards have been playing pretty well without him."
Uh, what?
"We won't think about them again either unless we see them in the playoffs, and they have a very real chance of getting there. They're playing passionate."
GETTING OLD Kwame Brown no longer can be called a teen-ager. Brown, the top pick in the draft last season, celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday.
Maybe it was a gift, but Wizards coach Doug Collins rewarded Brown with 19 minutes. And Brown wasn't bad either, finishing with eight points, three rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Much has been made about how ineffective Brown has been this season and how little he has played. Nonetheless, Collins says there is a litmus test to show how much better Brown is now than he was when the team drafted him last summer.
"He's not playing a lot right now and that's because we've got to win some games," Collins said, stating the obvious. "But he's progressed and we're pretty happy with him. The key for him would be if he went back and played against some of his teammates from high school and see how much better he is now than he used to be. I think he played really well today."
John N. Mitchell


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