- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Last night at Bobcats Arena, Charlotte:


While the rest of the basketball world fell in love with the performance of Ohio State’s Greg Oden on Monday (25 points, 12 rebounds), most of the Wizards are convinced Texas freshman Kevin Durant is the player to draft.

“Man, you have to go with Baby T-Mac,” said one Wizards starter, indicating there was no way he’d select Oden first. “Come on, he’s the first freshman to ever win the Naismith. Ever.”

Said another starter: “The numbers that Oden put up in that game, Durant has been putting numbers up like that every night. And every game this season he just got better and better.

Said a reserve: “Durant has the game that they are looking for now — that European style. He’s already got skills that guys who’ve been in the league for 10 years dream about having.”


“Roger Mason is going to step in for us now and be a guard off the bench, sort of what Jarvis was for us when he was coming off the bench.”

— Wizards coach Eddie Jordan on how he’ll try to manage the bench, which lost Jarvis Hayes to the starting lineup because of Caron Butler’s injury


1,500Tickets still available for Washington’s home game Friday vs. Cleveland.

John N. Mitchell

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