- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 27, 2002


Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
NO CHANGES PLANNED: Wizards coach Doug Collins has been putting a lot of pressure on young players Kwame Brown, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas to begin showing some consistency. Yesterday he indicated that they will have to begin contributing, because he has no plans of making any roster changes anytime soon.
The players most often asked about on the injured list are Jahidi White (left knee) and Ratko Varda (sore hamstring).
"Right now, we're not planning any roster changes," Collins said. "Our big men are young, they need to play and they have to get better. Look at a guy like Jermaine O'Neal. He's an All-Star now, and he didn't play his first three years. He was in Portland, where they didn't need him to contribute right away. He had the luxury of learning in practice. Our big guys don't have that. They are getting groomed in the games."
JUST THEIR LUCK: The Wizards were hoping that the Pacers would wait at least one more game before activating shooting guard Reggie Miller. But the Wizards found out yesterday at their shootaround that Miller, who missed the first 12 games of the season with a deep bone bruise to his right ankle, would play.
Miller sustained the injury in August at an exhibition game preparing for the 2002 World Basketball Championship.
JUST LENDING A HAND: Early in the first quarter Ron Artest was whistled for a foul against Charles Oakley. Oakley fell down in front of Artest, who playfully grabbed Oakley by the neck and held him down, which prompted the whistle.
"I was helping him up," Artest said sheepishly.
John N. Mitchell


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