- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center:

SEEN AND HEARD

Wizards center Brendan Haywood says the District’s predominantly black population will play a role in drawing free agents.

“It’s pretty simple,” Haywood said. “Washington is a nice city and it’s a black city — Chocolate City. It’s a city when you are a player and you go out and look around other arenas you realize that they don’t have nearly as many African Americans as Washington does. And they’re here and they support you. There are a lot of things for African Americans to do. All that means something to players.”

BY THE NUMBERS

11 Teams out of 12 that have gone on to win their respective divisions the last two years after leading them at the All-Star break. The Wizards entered the second half of the season with a 3½-game lead in the Southeast Division.

John N. Mitchell

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