- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2004

Seen and heard last night at FleetCenter in Boston:

BAKER STRIKES OUT — Troubled Boston center Vin Baker, who has battled alcoholism, was suspended for at least the rest of the season because of his noncompliance with the league’s aftercare program. The team said it was notified of the violation by a doctor jointly selected by Baker and the Celtics to oversee his aftercare. The Celtics did not specify the nature of the violation.

“We were sorry to learn of Vin’s noncompliance,” Celtics CEO and managing partner Wye Grousbeck said. “As we have said throughout this process, we will continue to wish Vin the very best in his aftercare and will refrain from comment.”

The indefinite suspension begins immediately. Baker was suspended earlier this month for three games for noncompliance with his alcohol treatment program.

Baker joined the Celtics before last season in a trade with Seattle. He was the eighth pick in the 1993 draft and a three-time All-Star.

STICKING WITH IT — The Indiana Pacers have one of the biggest and most physical frontlines in the Eastern Conference. That said, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan says the game plan for the Wizards tonight is to stick with the small ball that has played well for them in recent games.

“Sometimes if you are good enough at what you are doing, they have to adjust to you,” Jordan said. “Hopefully we’ll see what happens as the game goes along.

John N. Mitchell

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