About 500 Washington Wizards season ticket holders watched the veteran-laden Blue team, led by starting point guard Rod Strickland, dominate the White team in an intrasquad scrimmage tonight at Shepherd College. The Blue team was leading 60-51 when the game was stopped because water was dripping on the floor from a leaky roof.
Strickland, who sat out the morning practice because he was sore, scored a game-high 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three assists. Coach Gar Heard stopped the scrimmage with 2 minutes 48 seconds remaining.
"I didn't want to take any chances of getting anyone hurt," Heard said. "They kept swiping the floor and we figured somebody might get in the water and hurt something. . . . I think the people saw enough of it. I'm not disappointed."
Guards Reggie Jordan and Laron Profit scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, but neither recorded an assist. Heard said Jordan and Profit "played decently tonight. . . . Both of those guys are trying to do too much with the basketball. I want them to get the other players involved more."
Free agent power forward Gerard King and second-year center Jahidi White also impressed Heard. Both players had nine points and four rebounds.
"Offensively [King] played really well," Heard said. "He was pretty solid."
Of White, who had three fouls, Heard said, "He created a lot of fouls that I didn't appreciate. But overall I thought he gave us a good effort."
Rookie Richard Hamilton, who played for injured guard Mitch Richmond (strained hamstring) had five points and three assists in 12 minutes.
"Offensively, I think we are still way ahead of our defense," Heard said. "We still have to concentrate a lot more on defense. The rebounding was a little better. Overall, I give us about a 'C.' We still have a long way to go."
Wizards Notes: Owner Abe Pollin was at the morning practice and said he expects the team to make the playoffs but is concerned that the season ticket base has fallen off. Team officials said the number of season ticket holders has dropped from 8,000 to 6,400.
"I think some fans have been disappointed in us in the last couple of years, and frankly I don't blame them," Pollin said. "But, I think they're going to be coming back in droves. In a couple of years, they're going to be fighting to get in our place because we're going to have a winning team." . . .
Forward Aaron Williams did not play because of back spasms.