- The Washington Times - Monday, April 16, 2007

Yesterday at Verizon Center

SEEN AND HEARD

The crowd included former NBA showman Darryl Dawkins, who earned fame in the late 1970s when he was tearing down backboards with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Drafted by Philadelphia in 1975 out of Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla., Dawkins said he never would have told a player seeking to turn pro out of high school to go to college instead. A league rule no longer allows players to enter the NBA directly out of high school.

“Back then it was easier to do because I had my mother, my grandmother and my pastor all looking out for me, making sure I didn’t get into any sort of trouble,” he said. “And we made a whole lot of money then — not as much as they do now, though. But I always felt like a had a great support group around me.”

QUOTABLE

“No, I didn’t talk to him. Gil is Gil. He’s very, very different. It’s not mandatory for him unless our front office makes it mandatory for him. It’s not mandatory for me.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan on whether Gilbert Arenas should have stayed for the game

BY THE NUMBERS

30 Points in 32:28 for Bulls guard Ben Gordon, who was 11-for-20 from the floor, including 6-for-9 on 3-pointers.

John N. Mitchell

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