- The Washington Times - Friday, March 8, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

HIGH MARKS FOR CARLISLE One of the peers Wizards coach Doug Collins keeps his eye on is Detroit's Rick Carlisle. Collins got to know him when Carlisle was an assistant in Indiana and Collins was working in Detroit.

Carlisle took over a Pistons team that former coach George Irvine ran into the ground on the way to finishing 32-50 last season. After the former Virginia standout was hired, not much was expected from the Pistons.

"Rick has been great. He's done a nice job. I'm happy for him," Collins said of the coach of the Central Division leaders. "He's a terrific coach and a very, very good guy. One of the better guys in the business."

BREAKFAST REDUX With Michael Jordan not going with the team to Orlando and Boston, who is going to run the Wizards' breakfast club, the morning weightlifting session after which Jordan takes the team to breakfast?

Doug Collins.

However, Collins is going to see to it that the team doesn't splurge. "It will be lattes and bagels," Collins said when asked what was on the menu. "It won't be anything extravagant.

John N. Mitchell



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