- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 30, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis:
FINALITY: Speaking for the first time since Michael Jordan said this was indeed his last season, Wizards coach Doug Collins said he believes that Jordan will call it a career.
"I knew that Michael wasn't going to play past this year," Collins said. "I think him saying it probably puts closure to that. But from my standpoint, I hope he can enjoy his last season and that it will be one he can look back on as an enjoyable one for him."
But Jordan has left the game before twice, in fact and returned. What makes Collins so sure?
"Well, he'll be 40," Collins said.
Although there have been some negative comments from the national media regarding the timing of Jordan's announcement, Collins is not concerned with the remainder of the season which will no doubt contain some lengthy farewell scenarios becoming a distraction.
"I think it will be great if they honor him for what he's done for the league, I hope they do, because nobody deserves it more than he does. But I don't think he announced that for that reason. I just think he wanted to let everybody know that this was going to be it. I don't think he wants to make a big deal out of it."
EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT: Collins rewarded Bloomington, Ind., native Jared Jeffries with a start in his home state. Jeffries received a nice ovation when he was introduced.
However, the rookie's stay on the court wasn't long. Starting in front of Bryon Russell, Jeffries was whistled for his second foul within the first minute.
JEERS TO THE VICTOR: When Juan Dixon entered the game for the Wizards late in the first quarter, he was roundly booed. Dixon led Maryland to victory over Indiana last spring in the NCAA tournament's championship game.
John N. Mitchell



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