- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003


Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
STRICKLAND SURVIVES Guard Rod Strickland has played for three teams since the Wizards bought out his contract following the 2000-01 season Portland, Miami and Minnesota and he has started for the Heat and Timberwolves.
The 14-year veteran will turn 37 this year but says he has no plans to retire. "I want to play until they kick me out," Strickland said. "I want to be in this league until I can't get a job. Right now I'm just fitting in where I fit in. But I'm going to play until nobody calls me anymore. But as long as the phone keeps on ringing, I'm playing."
Strickland has had to adjust to being a player who signs one-year contracts. It's highly unlikely he'll land a multi-year deal, so he goes from one contract to the next at the end of every season. And he said the contract situation creates a different challenge.
"It's tough because you are always learning a new coach and a new system," Strickland said. "It could be better for me, but I'm getting used to it as best as I can."
Strickland no longer pays as much attention to what the Wizards are doing these days. However, he still believes the team would be better if it hadn't traded Chris Webber for Mitch Richmond in 1998.
"We would have been better if we had kept C-Webb," Strickland said. "You can put it any way you want to, but if we had kept Webb it would have been better around here. When he was out there, it was a whole different ball game. Forget about what he's doing in Sacramento; look what he did here. Every night he was 20 points, 10 boards, five assists, two blocks and a steal or two. He was our go-to guy when we were here."
John N. Mitchell


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