- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

LET'S MAKE A DEAL That's what the Magic did last month, acquiring Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek from Memphis for Mike Miller and Ryan Humphrey.

At the time of the trade there were a number of unhappy faces in Orlando and, according to reports, one of them was Tracy McGrady, a good friend of Miller's.

However, going into the game against the Wizards the Magic were 7-2 since the trade. And now it seems everyone is happy.

"I think we picked up some nice, young players," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "I'm happy with what we have. We had to let go of a good player, Mike Miller, to get them. But there's a price for everything in life."

SAY AH Wizards coach Doug Collins always addresses the media before games, but last night was an exception. Collins had some minor dental work done at MCI Center and was unavailable.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT Orlando's Darrell Armstrong dislodged the red time-expired light with his 75-foot heave at the first-half buzzer. It was fixed before the second half began.

WELCOME BACK Chris Whitney, who spent seven seasons in Washington, scored five points as he faced his old team for the first time since he was traded to Denver last summer. The Magic signed Whitney after the Nuggets cut him last month.

John N. Mitchell

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