- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 18, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

BUTLER ON STARTING —# Mitchell Butler got the call to start in place of Jerry Stackhouse for the second straight game.

“I’m just glad I’ve got the chance to do it again,” Butler said. Looks like the Wizards might stick with Butler in place of Stackhouse.

OTHERS OUT — Back spasms sidelined Christian Laettner while rookie forward Jarvis Hayes (hamstring) dressed but was unavailable

WEB REFLECTIONS — Former Wizard Chris Webber is at the place in his career where he is musing about what his life might be without a championship.

“I would be empty without it,” Webber said. “I can’t say it wouldn’t affect me. It would be a big release for a lot of things. It definitely would be fulfilling for a lot of reasons, in light of everything I’ve been through. The dreams you have for yourself. I used to say I was Michael Jordan, I was Larry Bird, in the back yard.”

Some of Webber’s troubles, of course, were self-inflicted. He has been under investigation for taking money from a booster while at Michigan, and he has been suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

“I made a lot of mistakes,” Webber said. “Your name puts a target on your back. A lot of it was personal.”

John N. Mitchell

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