- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Seen and heard last night at FleetCenter in Boston:
JORDAN HONORS Michael Jordan was named Eastern Conference player of the week, marking the second time this season a member of the Washington Wizards has received the honor. Jerry Stackhouse won the award Nov. 11.
Jordan led the Wizards to a 3-1 mark last week and averaged 22.3 points, including a season-high 41 in the Wizards' victory over the Pacers on Saturday. Jordan also averaged eight rebounds and five assists.
EWING HONORED The Celtics honored Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing at halftime, presenting Ewing, who played his high school basketball at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, with a piece of the original parquet floor from Boston Garden.
HOGWASH That was pretty much the response by Wizards coach Doug Collins to the rumor floated in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday indicating that the Wizards have entertained trading Kwame Brown to Chicago for center Eddy Curry and point guard Jamal Crawford.
"He's not available," Collins said. "He is one of the centerpieces of our franchise. We've got a young team with a bright outlook."
The more the subject was broached with Collins, the more ludicrous he found it to be.
"No, no," a half-laughing Collins said. "We're not going to mortgage the future for one year. That would make no sense. That would be silly to make a trade for a young player and then have Michael retire. Then what are you left with?"
As the trading deadline grows closer it is about six weeks away expect to hear more and more of these rumors floated, especially in cities like Chicago where the basketball has been unwatchable since the organization blew up the team.
MOORE TO THE MIX Looking for help along their frontline, the Celtics signed rail-thin Mikki Moore to a 10-day contract.
Moore had been playing with the Roanoke Dazzle of the National Basketball Development League. In 19 games with the Dazzle, Moore averaged 15 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
John N. Mitchell

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