- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The potential war with Iraq is on the the mind of many Americans, including several Washington Wizards, who weren't shy about expressing their opinions yesterday.

"Man, I feel sorry for the people who have to go over there and fight the war," said backup point guard Tyronn Lue. "I feel sorry for their families and friends."

What Lue said next, however, is bound to raise a few eyebrows.

"We have a war to fight, too the Washington Wizards are trying to make the playoffs," Lue continued. "But I will be supportive of the people who have to fight. And I'm sure the NBA will be very supportive of them and their families, just like they did with September 11."

Leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse also made it clear he was not in favor of war in Iraq. The basketball court was another matter.

"Well, it's a tough decision all the way around," Stackhouse said. "Nobody wants to go to war. But from the looks of it and from everything that I've heard and read it looks like it's becoming inevitable. It's just something that we're going to have to deal with. We're going to war abroad and we're going to war on the floor. Hopefully we can prevail in both."

Wizards coach Doug Collins wants to win and make the playoffs but said there are "other bigger battles that are far more important."

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