- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 12, 2005

Last night at MCI Center

SEEN AND HEARD

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said he is not ready to announce who will be sent to the National Basketball Development League, but he is almost sure the players will be rookie Andray Blatche and second-year center Peter John Ramos.

“We think Peter and Andray are likely candidates because they are young and developing,” Jordan said before the game.

Jordan said Awvee Storey is also a candidate. However, because Storey is an older player (28), the Wizards will be more reluctant to send him down. Jordan all but ruled out rookie Donell Taylor, indicating Taylor is probably the closest to being a regular contributor.



“He is a candidate, but he has shown that he is ready to play at this level,” Jordan said.

The Wizards’ affiliate, the Roanoke Dazzle, opens the season Friday. The Wizards are allowed to send two players to Roanoke, and they can stay there as long as the team desires. They can be assigned only twice during the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

137 Points for the Wizards, an MCI Center record.

QUOTABLE

“This is what I’ve been waiting for, my first moment on the court. As soon as they called my number I was ready to go. It was hard controlling my emotions, but I just had to stay calm despite my excitement because this was my first NBA game.”

— WIZARDS ROOKIE ANDRAY BLATCHE, WHO MADE HIS DEBUT

— JOHN N. MITCHELL

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