- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

Wizards forward Antawn Jamison was named the Southeast Division’s winner of the 2008-09 NBA Sportsmanship Award. He’s a finalist for the leaguewide honor, and the winner will be announced after the regular season.

A seven-member panel of former NBA players selected Jamison. The other division winners are Boston’s Ray Allen, Denver’s Chauncey Billups, Detroit’s Antonio McDyess, Golden State’s Ronny Turiaf and San Antonio’s Michael Finley.

“It does mean something to me, for people to think of me as not just a player. But I think it speaks volumes of how I carry myself off the court,” Jamison said. “Grant Hill won it last year, so to be up there with him, it just says that I’ve been able to not just do everything right on the court, but also represent the game of basketball the way it was meant to be represented as a person.”

Jamison, in his 11th season in the NBA, entered Thursday as the Wizards‘ leader in points (22.4) and rebounds (9.0).

— Mike Jones

QUOTABLE

“We wouldn’t be the Wizards if we didn’t have at least one issue — this year at least.”

— Interim coach Ed Tapscott on his team losing another player — backup point guard Javaris Crittenton (back spasms) — to injury

BY THE NUMBERS

280 Games combined that Wizards players have missed because of injury this season.

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