- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 9, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

REASONS FOR RETURNING The Wizards were facing the Lakers for the first time since early April, when Michael Jordan played his final game of the 2001-02 campaign before his knee injury became too severe to play through.

Jordan scored two points in 12 minutes that night as the Wizards suffered a 20-point defeat. Coach Doug Collins said the game effectively provided some extra incentive for Jordan to return this season.

"We played him about 12 minutes, we were down big at halftime and I just said, 'Michael, I don't want you to play,' because we were going to Milwaukee the next night," Collins said. "It was basically the end of MJ's season and ours.

"I don't think Michael wanted to finish his career that way. Not that it was the Lakers, that it was two points in 12 minutes. I think Michael wanted to come back and play and go out the way he wanted to go out."

SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT The Lakers' Kobe Bryant fired an arm-taxing 47 shot attempts against the Boston Celtics Thursday night in an overtime loss, making 17 and scoring 41 points. As a star at Illinois State, Doug Collins had a shooting spree or two of his own. "I couldn't wait to get to 48 [attempts]," Collins said as a joke. He said he scored about 55 points in the game. "And there was more in the barrel," Collins said.

MAGIC COFFEE Lakers legend and minority team owner Magic Johnson was in town and in attendance at the game for the grand opening of his second Washington-area Starbucks coffee shop at Howard University in Northwest. The shop marks the 37th Starbucks opened by Urban Coffee Opportunities LLC, a joint venture between Starbucks Corp. and Johnson Development Corporation, chaired by Magic. The venture seeks out ethnically diverse and disadvantaged areas to open new Starbucks. The other Johnson-run local Starbucks is in Hyattsville.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and Seattle SuperSonics owner, also attended the shop opening. Schultz last month unsuccessfully attempted to bring Johnson on as a part-owner of the Sonics.

Duff Durkin and Eric Fisher


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