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Saturday, March 12, 2005; Page D06

WHO'S NEXT?

at Celtics

Tomorrow, 6 p.m.

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The tendinitis in Antawn Jamison's right knee has healed enough to give the club hope that the all-star forward could be ready to play tomorrow against the Boston Celtics.

"It's not guaranteed," cautioned Coach Eddie Jordan. "I would think that with the rest and the treatment he's getting that it's a possibility. It's going to be a game-time decision."

By the time the Wizards take the court, Jamison will have rested the knee for seven days. Jamison was held out of Tuesday night's loss to the New York Knicks, which prevented him from extending his streak of consecutive games played beyond 386. The last time Jamison played was last Saturday, when the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan removed Jamison in the third quarter when it became apparent he was in pain.

Besides Jamison, the Wizards practiced yesterday without Gilbert Arenas (sore knee and back), Kwame Brown (ankle), Anthony Peeler (knee), Jarvis Hayes (knee) and Juan Dixon (ankle). Etan Thomas is still recovering from the flu but he attended practice. Arenas, Brown, Peeler, Dixon and Thomas will be ready to compete tomorrow, Jordan said. . . .

During his NBA career, Jordan became a favorite of longtime Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, who died in 2002.

Jordan had a knack for stealing the ball when he was a member the Lakers 1982 NBA championship team and Hearn began calling him the Thief of Baghdad. At practice yesterday, Jordan remembered that he was given another less flattering name by Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: King Kong.

"I thought it was because I was lifting weights or something," recalled Jordan. "[Kareem] says, 'Well, I call you King Kong because every time you shoot the ball, it goes kong. You're king of the kong.' "

-- Greg Sandoval


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