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Wilks Joins Team, Gets Crash Course

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mike Wilks learned just enough of Coach Eddie Jordan's playbook yesterday to get onto the court against the Chicago Bulls if needed. Wilks, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound point guard who has played with seven NBA teams in five-plus seasons, signed a non-guaranteed contract yesterday morning and joined his new teammates for the morning shoot-around.

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"The system here is very intricate," Wilks said before the game. "They have a lot of wrinkles to their plays, so I'm just doing the best that I can. This is probably the most intricate system I've been in, and I've been with a lot of teams."

Wilks appeared in eight games with Denver this season but was released in November. In the meantime, he stayed in shape by playing pickup games, jogging and shooting on his own at his offseason home in Huntsville, Ala.

Said Jordan, "We just introduced him to a few simple sets so he can play if he has to."

Butler Up and Down

After piling up points by making 19 of 26 three-point attempts during a six-game stretch that ran from a Nov. 23 win over Golden State to a Dec. 1 win over Toronto, Wizards forward Caron Butler recently has reverted to familiar form.

In the six games preceding last night's game against Chicago, Butler had attempted only 11 three-pointers and made one of them. Still, he has maintained a healthy scoring average of 22.1 points per game and is shooting 50.4 percent overall, which would be a career best for an entire season.

UP NEXT Tomorrow vs. Hawks 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Saturday at Pacers 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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