-- Wizards center Jahidi White, who has been out all season after having left knee surgery this summer, is scheduled to be examined by team doctor Stephen Haas on Wednesday to determine whether he can increase his rehabilitation workload. White has been doing light drills with the team but has not been cleared for any full-speed work or contact.
Besides his knee, the burly White also has significant conditioning issues. Though White's weight is unknown, he has been unable to do significant aerobic work. He clearly has a long way to go before he is ready to play, Coach Doug Collins said, but the hope is that this won't be a lost season for White.
"Not only now is he going to have to get healthy, he's going to have to get himself into condition," Collins said. "That's not easy with the season going on. When you start playing games, you know we struggle with how many practices we can have and how hard our practices can be. That's a concern."
Conversely, Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing has shed a significant amount of weight since he joined the team during the summer with Collins saying Ewing has been highly motivated since he couldn't fit into some of his clothes. Michael Jordan sang the same mantra about not being able to fit into his clothes when he began his training for his second comeback in 2001.
Ewing and Collins, however, shot down any notion of the future Hall of Fame center playing this season.
"Don't y'all start that," Ewing said.
Ewing confirmed that the Knicks have settled on Feb. 28 to retire his No. 33 jersey. The Knicks will play the Orlando Magic that night.
Sweet Georgia, and Brown
Wizards forward Kwame Brown made his Georgia homecoming tonight, playing for the first time after missing last season's games in Atlanta with injuries.
"Hopefully, I can sit on the bench and get a feel for the game when the starters go out, calm my nerves down a little bit, try not to do anything stupid and play hard," said Brown, who bought 22 tickets for the game. "I had a couple of friends, family, we hung out. It felt good to be part of the fellas again, where I don't have to be anything but myself."