- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:


TURNOVER: Seattle center Calvin Booth was traded from Washington to Dallas in the teams' huge Juwan Howard deal back in 2001. Booth struck it rich when Seattle signed him as a free agent. Booth paid a visit to the Wizards locker room before the game and had this to say:

"Man, I didn't know anybody in there," Booth said. "I mean, Jahidi [White] is the only guy in the locker room that I played with."

Surprised?

"Put it this way, I know that this is a business, but I have to say that I'm surprised that they traded a guy like Rip [Richard Hamilton]. I thought they were going to build the franchise around him. But they got a good player in return. It just lets you know that this is a business."

HANDWRITING ON THE WALL: Seattle coach Nate McMillan said he recently talked with Sidney Lowe, who resigned as the Memphis Grizzlies coach yesterday, and was caught off guard by the turn of events in Memphis.

"I talked to him and he said that he was looking forward to working with Jerry West," said McMillan, who, like Lowe, attended N.C. State. "He felt like West would really support him and be in his corner."

Lowe, who played his high school basketball at DeMatha, was replaced by 69-year-old Hubie Brown.

Wizards coach Doug Collins was surprised by the appointment of Brown, who had been working as an analyst with Turner Sports since 1987. Brown has coached in both the ABA and NBA, most recently with the New York Knicks.

"I was shocked," said Collins, who also distinguished himself as a broadcaster. "But if you ever want to hear a guy talk about basketball, [Browns] incredible. That guy knows more basketball. He is an amazing guy and I think he will do well.

MILESTONE: Seattle's Gary Payton recorded his 7,000th career assists late in the first half, moving into 11th place on the NBA's all-time list.

John N. Mitchell

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