- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

PAY UP — Washington coach Eddie Jordan was hit with a $5,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officials following the Wizards’ 89-87 loss to the Knicks on Sunday.

INJURY FRONT — Jerry Stackhouse will step up his rehab from knee surgery and, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, return to the team next month.

“He’s coming along,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said. “Again, we’re not rushing his return. We’d like to have him back, but we are more concerned with getting him back and having him at 100 percent.”

Stackhouse was seen in New York over the weekend by Dr. David Atlchek. Altchek performed arthroscopy surgery on him in October, addressing discomfort he had suffered since the end of last season.

The good news is that Stackhouse is now practicing with the team but not participating in full contact drills. He’s doing a lot of rope jumping and weightlifting.

BAD HAIR DAY — The league is rife with players making fashion statements. Some guys are wearing sweatbands, some are wearing athletic sleeves on their calf not for injury purposes but because of the look.

However, the worst statement is the one Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko is making with his Mohawk hairstyle. Not only is it about 10 years late, but it looks more like he’s wearing a dead cocker spaniel on his head.

That said, the man they call AK-47 is emerging as one of the better young players in the league. With Karl Malone having moved on to Los Angeles, Kirilenko is having a breakout year, averaging 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.57 blocks.

John N. Mitchell

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