For Now, Hayes Is Given Jamison's Spot

Kobe Bryant scored 39 points to Gilbert Arenas's 37 in Saturday's game.
Kobe Bryant scored 39 points to Gilbert Arenas's 37 in Saturday's game. (Lawrence Jackson - AP)

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 4, 2007

Jarvis Hayes made his second start of the season at forward last night against the Los Angeles Lakers and before the game, Washington Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said he planned on sticking with Hayes as a starter in place of Antawn Jamison, who is injured.

Calvin Booth started in place of Jamison in a 119-109 loss to Toronto on Wednesday even though he normally plays center.

Jordan said Hayes's ability to spread the floor with his shooting and ball handling makes him a better option.

"He gives us the tempo we want, the spacing of the floor that we want and Jarvis is a good rebounder," Jordan said. "Once in awhile he can put it on the floor. Calvin couldn't do all of those things. And [Hayes] is experienced so we hope that will help."

Hayes made a previous start at Milwaukee on Dec. 30 and he started 13 of 21 games last season before his season ended following a knee injury.

A Different Sort of Drive

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson passed on the morning shoot-around and instead took the team on an impromptu tour of Washington's monuments and other sights. While discussing the trip with reporters prior to last night's game, Jackson took a good-natured dig at former Wizard Kwame Brown.

"I think we had other guys who'd never seen them, like Kwame Brown," Jackson said. "I hear he came here but I don't think he ever did that."

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