- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
JORDAN OUT WEST? DON'T BET ON IT Although some sources within the Wizards organization have speculated that Michael Jordan will be back in time to play during the team's West Coast road trip that starts next week (Jordan is going to make the trip with the team), Wizards coach Doug Collins is not among them.
"He's progressing nicely in his rehabilitation," Collins said. "He's not going to make this trip [to Orlando and Boston] this week, but he will travel with us on the West Coast. He wants to travel with us out there and get his therapy and be with the team."
So, in a best-case scenario, will Jordan play out west?
"I think that's stretching it a little bit," Collins said. "I don't want to put any timetable on MJ but I think that would be stretching it."
SPECULATING ON MIKE One-time Jordan teammate Charles Oakley, who is wallowing away back in Chicago, is one person who doesn't believe any of this talk circulating that Jordan is going to hang them up for good after this season.
"He said he was going to play two years off the bat, didn't he," Oakley said. "Most times when he says he's going to do something he's going to do it. I believe he's going to do it."
Oakley had hoped to be playing somewhere else as well. He hoped incorrectly that the Bulls would buy out the remaining $7.3 million on his contract and let him pursue a chance with a playoff team.
Oakley is still upset with that.
"I was here 14 [darn] years ago and they didn't want me," said Oakley, whom the Bulls traded to New York in 1988. "Then you bring me back. I don't know. I'm just going to be man enough to play the contract and get the [heck] out of here when it's up.
John N. Mitchell



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