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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Wizards
Tim Crothers
October 30, 2000
"With the way it has performed the last few years, this team needs to be blown up, but I would be surprised if anything changes.... I wonder if Michael Jordan will eventually want to go down and take over on the bench. I don't think it's as crazy as it sounds—but I don't think he'll get the itch to do it with this group; there are too many problems.... Rod Strickland missed the first few days of training camp this year, same as last year. He could have been so much better than he is, but now his lifestyle is catching up with him. He's 34, he doesn't practice, and then you look at the hours he keeps, his diet—it all means he's going to get hurt.... I wouldn't be surprised if Juwan Howard's contract has disrupted the Wizards' chemistry. He's the highest-paid guy in the locker room at $17 million a year, and at the end of the day he gives you 14, 15 points and six rebounds.... Jahidi White has tons of potential. He doesn't know how to play, but he's willing to work, and if Leonard Hamilton can teach him, then center is the one position that can be upgraded."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Wizards

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"With the way it has performed the last few years, this team needs to be blown up, but I would be surprised if anything changes.... I wonder if Michael Jordan will eventually want to go down and take over on the bench. I don't think it's as crazy as it sounds—but I don't think he'll get the itch to do it with this group; there are too many problems.... Rod Strickland missed the first few days of training camp this year, same as last year. He could have been so much better than he is, but now his lifestyle is catching up with him. He's 34, he doesn't practice, and then you look at the hours he keeps, his diet—it all means he's going to get hurt.... I wouldn't be surprised if Juwan Howard's contract has disrupted the Wizards' chemistry. He's the highest-paid guy in the locker room at $17 million a year, and at the end of the day he gives you 14, 15 points and six rebounds.... Jahidi White has tons of potential. He doesn't know how to play, but he's willing to work, and if Leonard Hamilton can teach him, then center is the one position that can be upgraded."

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