- The Washington Times - Friday, February 6, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

ROOKIE TIPS — Before the game, Gilbert Arenas wanted to make sure that rookie Jarvis Hayes, the only member of the Wizards participating in next weekend’s All-Star Game festivities, had a handle on the situation.

Hayes will play in the Rookie Challenge game. Last season Arenas, then with the Golden State Warriors, won the game’s MVP award.

His advice: “Shoot the ball early and often. If you are going to get the job done, you have to come out serious. Come out and get offensive rebounds, the little stuff under the basket, because those guys are not going to be playing hard. You have to do your damage in the first [quarter]. Whatever you get in the second, that’s extra.”

Arenas, who played for the NBA Second-Year Team, went on to earn the league’s Most Improved Player Award. And he said that winning the MVP in the Rookie Challenge game was a confidence booster.

“They have a lot of the best young players in the league in that game,” Arenas said. “People are watching. That’s just another opportunity for [Hayes] to put his name out there.”

CLINIC RESCHEDULED — Weather forced the postponement of an AAU Clinic before the Wizards game. It was rescheduled for Sunday, March 21, when the Wizards play the Miami Heat at 4 p.m.

Also, school groups that were forced to miss the game because of the weather can exchange for a Feb. 22 game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

John N. Mitchell

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