Haywood Returns To Active Roster

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Center Brendan Haywood was activated for last night's game against the New York Knicks after missing three consecutive games. Haywood sat out games at Sacramento and at Houston last week with lower back soreness and was placed on the inactive list for Saturday's game at San Antonio. He scored nine points off the bench.

Haywood was replaced in the starting lineup by Etan Thomas before last Monday's game at Golden State and played a season-low six minutes in the Wizards' 116-98 win. Coach Eddie Jordan said Haywood's playing time will be determined by his performance on a nightly basis.

"Like every player, I want him to give 100 percent effort," Jordan said. "Take a physical approach to the game and compete at the rim. The other guys are doing it and we want him to do it, too."

Jordan said he has been pleased with what he is getting out of Thomas, who entered last night's game averaging 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 24 minutes in four starts.

"I like the fact that he goes to the offensive glass, he moves people out of the way, both ends of the floor," Jordan said. "He catches in the post. He can score with efficiency. I like that he's willing to give up his body and show some real force down there in the paint."

Retro All Over Again

The Wizards wore uniforms representing the 1972-73 Baltimore Bullets last night. They now have a 1-5 record in those uniforms this season and will wear them once more, for Saturday's home game against the Miami Heat.

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