- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2006

Last night at MCI Center:


“I have been voting for this guy as an All-Star for three years. I am no closet fan. I am an out-there fan. I love the way he plays, and he is a guy you really fear.”

— Pacers coach Rick Carlisle on Wizards star Gilbert Arenas.


Jordan said Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison have been invited to try out for the United States’ world championship team this summer for two reasons.

“They are good players. That’s the No. 1 reason why they were selected, and a close No. 2 is that they are good people,” Jordan said. “That’s what the team wants. They want solid citizens, and they want players who know how to play within the team concept. Those are big factors.”

Both players already have expressed how much they want to play on the team. Jamison fits perfectly because he may be shooting from long range better than any big man in the NBA and he loves to bang the boards.

Arenas’ selection will require him to play more of the traditional point guard role — something he often must eschew for the Wizards because he can score exceptionally well.

“They are not going to need me to score. They are going to need me to push the ball, use my speed and get after it,” Arenas said. “They have so many players who can score.”

John N. Mitchell

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