- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

MEDICAL UPDATE: Juan Dixon's left elbow still has him at least a week away from being ready to return. Dixon suffered the sprain early last month and has been on the injured list since Dec. 2

Jahidi White is an even bigger concern. White, who had surgery on his left knee over the summer, is still unable to practice and now there is a feeling in the organization that this could be a wasted year for last season's starting center.

"Jahidi I don't think is close to playing," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "He worked out the other day and his leg still doesn't have the proper strength in it so it's hard for him to move. He's not able to get in the kind of condition he's supposed to be in. So he's not even close to being ready to play."

Collins doesn't want to say that White's year could be of no consequence, but he's obviously concerned.

"It's just not just about his leg getting strong," Collins said. "Now he's got to get himself in condition. Now you've got to push yourself and push yourself and push yourself. And that's all going to be on him to do that."

PAT FIGHTING THE BUG: Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing came to the MCI Center with a slight stomach virus. The former Georgetown and NBA legend tried to tough it out and took his seat behind the bench early on. But before the second quarter was over, Ewing had returned to the Wizards locker room. Ewing was not on the bench at the start of the secnd half.

John N. Mitchell


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