- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 8, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center

HAPPY TO BE HERE — Point guard Brevin Knight, acquired Wednesday when the Wizards dealt Jahidi White to Phoenix, knew he wasn’t going to see a lot of action behind All-Star Stephon Marbury with the Suns, so he welcomed being dealt here.

“They have a point guard who is going to command a whole lot of minutes,” Knight said. “I wanted to get somewhere where I could play again and show that I can play in this league again.”

Minutes with the Wizards won’t be easy to come by either. In Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards have the NBA’s reigning most improved player, and behind him Juan Dixon, Steve Blake and Chris Whitney are all vying for time.

“In the last year in your contract, you need to show people that you can still play,” said Knight, who will earn $5million this season. “Sitting and watching wasn’t going to help me. This opportunity presented itself, and I’m going to make the most of the opportunity. I’m here to play. I want to come here and contribute. I didn’t come here just to practice and not contribute. I came here to help myself.”

TAKING NOTE — When he was pulled from the starting lineup Wednesday, one of Brendan Haywood’s gripes was that he hadn’t gotten the chance to show what he can do in averaging 13 minutes a game. Haywood has season highs of five points and five rebounds. Replacement Christian Laettner had seven points and six rebounds in the first quarter last night.

John N. Mitchell

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