The Wizards signed Damone Brown to a 10-day contract yesterday, filling the roster spot that opened when the team cut Samaki Walker on Friday. Brown, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward, averaged 15.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the NBDL's Huntsville Flight.
Brown, a second-round pick from Syracuse in 2001, has played in 25 NBA games with Philadelphia, Toronto and New Jersey.
"Me having a taste of [the NBA] the last couple of years and having to go to the NBDL, it's great to come back up here and play," said Brown, who played three seasons with Wizards forward Etan Thomas at Syracuse. "It's a different lifestyle. Here you're traveling first class, down there it's the bus. You're staying in little hotels and stuff, but the competition was good. I think that was the best part, getting a chance to play."
The Wizards needed another wing player with all-star forward Antawn Jamison (knee tendinitis) and Jarvis Hayes (fractured patella) on the injured list. Brown was somewhat familiar with Coach Eddie Jordan's Princeton-style offense, having spent part of last season with the Nets and joining the team in training camp. Jordan watched the rail-thin forward with cornrows and a headband walk toward the court before the game and said: "He looks like [Detroit's] Rip Hamilton. I hope he can play like him."
Brown may be most remembered for his role during arguably the most embarrassing loss of the Michael Jordan era in Washington, when he scored his career-high 13 points as a depleted Toronto Raptors team beat the Wizards, 84-75, at MCI Center on Jan. 14, 2003. On that night, the Raptors had just eight players, and three were signed to 10-day contracts, including Brown, who joined the Raptors the day before after playing for the NBDL's North Charleston Lowgators. . . .
Eddie Jordan said he didn't expect to have guard Juan Dixon (sprained ankle) back for at least a week. Dixon missed his second consecutive game last night. "It could be a week, maybe a little bit longer," Jordan said. "There is still soreness. There is still swelling. He's a tough dude."
-- Michael Lee