Center Lang Makes His NBA Debut

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For the first time, James Lang experienced the feeling of pulling on a uniform for a regular season game as a Wizard. Coach Eddie Jordan decided to activate Lang about an hour before last night's game against the Hawks, and the center made his NBA debut.

Lang, who had been inactive for each of the first 13 games, didn't expect to play and was in the media room grabbing a late meal when a staff member located him. It was only a few moments later when the 6-foot-10, 285-pounder was back in the locker room throwing on a uniform.

"We've been waiting to get him on the floor," Jordan said before the game. "He's been pretty good in practice and we've seen a lot of improvement with his work ethic, some of his defensive tendencies and his conditioning. He can give us something special down there in the box we think."

Lang, 23, was drafted by the Hornets in the second round of the 2003 draft out of Central Park Christian High School in Alabama and has made previous stops with the Raptors and Hawks, but had never appeared in a regular season NBA contest before last night.

He made the team after being invited to camp with a non-guaranteed contract and impressed Jordan and the coaching staff with his footwork, hands and offensive skills.

"Number one, I wanted him to feel good about putting on a uniform," Jordan said. "I wanted him to get a uniform on and feel a part of the team. I don't think he's worn one other than the team picture. He's improved."

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