- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2004

BLAKE STARTS — Wizards rookie guard Steve Blake started in place of Brevin Knight. Knight did not play because of a bruised knuckle suffered against Seattle on Saturday.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS# — Jarvis Hayes, just 6-foot-7, has recorded 27 rebounds in the last two games. The 14 he grabbed against the Bulls marked his career high, bettering the 13 he grabbed against Seattle.

“I’m versatile,” Hayes, normally a small forward, said with a laugh. “I can’t be pigeonholed.”

HEALING FAST — Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas isn’t scheduled to return to the team until after the Feb. 15 All-Star Game. However, Arenas said he is experiencing no pain in his strained abdomen.

Arenas said he felt he could have played against the Bulls. But Arenas added he would not make the foolish mistake he made earlier in the season when he came back too early from the injury. He has appeared in just 20 games this season.

BACH IN TOWN — Former Wizards assistant John Bach, an assistant coach to Doug Collins during Michael Jordan’s comeback with the team, said he was not surprised there is no trace of Jordan’s presence left in the building.

“Even the greatest stars have faded out of the picture, whether it’s baseball, basketball or football. People who are in the limelight and stay up there like Michael, even they get wiped out of people’s minds after awhile. And they will remember Michael long after he’s gone, but this is the nature of the business,” Bach said.

When Bach left the Wizards after last season, Jordan and the Wizards gave him a 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. Bach, who maintains a residence here, says he hasn’t driven the car since August.

John N. Mitchell

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