- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2005

With Brendan Haywood back in the Washington area and out of the lineup perhaps until the end of the regular season with a fractured left thumb, the Wizards activated rookie Peter John Ramos, whom they drafted with the 32nd pick last summer.

But don’t expect to see too much of the 7-foot-3, 19-year-old center in the coming days.

“It’s far from the focus of what we’re doing tonight,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “If it’s a competitive situation as far as the game, time and score, it’s unlikely we’ll use him. If the game is out of hand one way or the other, he’ll get a chance to play.”

Take a neutral corner

One thing the Wizards won’t have to worry about is a squabble between Haywood, whom they placed on the injured list, and Kwame Brown. Brown and Haywood had to be separated on the bench in the waning moments of the Wizards’ 98-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

“Brendan’s on the East Coast, and Kwame’s on the West Coast,” Jordan said.

Have a seat

Before the game, Seattle general manager Rick Sund announced the suspension of power forward Danny Fortson for one game for refusing to re-enter Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks.

Although the suspension was for one game, Fortson will not accompany the Sonics on their two-game road trip to Memphis and San Antonio next week because he’s recovering from a sprained left ankle.


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