-- Wizards guard Michael Jordan was named the Eastern Conference player of the week today after averaging 22.3 points, 8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.25 steals in leading Washington to a 3-1 record last week. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki (29.7 points, 10.7 rebounds per game) was named the Western Conference player of the week.
Jordan, who earned the distinction for the 24th time in his career, is the second Wizard to win the honor this season (Jerry Stackhouse won in November).
Brown Not on Block
Coach Doug Collins, responding to a newspaper report out of Chicago, said that second-year forward Kwame Brown is not on the trading block and will not be on the trading block.
"No, no, no, he's not available," Collins said. "We're trying to develop our younger players and make the playoffs. Kwame has improved greatly from last year, he's going to continue to get better and he's one of the centerpieces of our future."
Collins went on to say he would not want the franchise to groom Brown for two seasons then deal him to another team where he could blossom into a star. . . .
Wizards assistant Patrick Ewing, who went to nearby Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school, was honored by the Celtics before tonight's game with a video tribute, then awarded a piece of the original parquet floor from the old Boston Garden.