- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2003

Seen and heard last night at American Airlines Arena, Miami:

COLLECTING DUST: The Miami Heat made an unprecedented move last season and retired Michael Jordan’s number, hoisting it to the rafters. The half blue, half red jersey was prominently displayed at one end of the arena.

Not anymore.

Jordan’s jersey now hangs in a dimly lit corner of the arena obscured by the Canadian flag, to the right of a cooling duct and next an illuminated Citibank billboard

HOMECOMING: Steve Blake, who grew up in Miami Lakes, needed 190 tickets to accommodate the four busloads of friends and family who came to see him play.

Blake’s crew sat in two corners of the arena. They were decked out in blue Wizards shirts and at the start of the game began chanting, “We want Blake! We want Blake!”

For Blake it was a reunion on the court as well. Miami rookie Udonis Haslem also played at Miami High with Blake, where they won a state championship before Blake transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

“It’s great being back here,” Blake said. “It’s really nice to be back home, in the warm weather.”

John N. Mitchell

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