For the first time, rookie forward Andray Blatche learned what it is like to put on the home white uniform and experience game night for the Washington Wizards. Blatche, the team's second-round pick in June's NBA draft, found out he had been activated approximately 45 minutes before last night's tip-off against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I didn't know," Blatche said, moments after hearing about Coach Eddie Jordan's decision from a reporter. "I'm real excited because I didn't get a chance to play during the preseason. I don't even know what to say."
Blatche has rapidly recovered from wounds he suffered to his right forearm and left chest area during a Sept. 25 shooting but missed the preseason and only recently was cleared to practice and travel with the team. Blatche, who played at South Kent Prep (Conn.) last season, was unable to exercise for several weeks because the bullet punctured a lung. . . .
Antonio Daniels, who started the first three games, was inactive because of a sprained left ankle. Jordan said Daniels was close to being ready but the team thought it would be best to rest him for another day. Daniels is expected to play tomorrow night against his former team, the Seattle SuperSonics. . . . The Clippers and Wizards were wearing noticeably shorter trunks last night. The league reportedly has warned teams about complying with rules stating that shorts must be two inches above the knee. In fact, some of the Clippers such as guard Sam Cassell, folded the waistband over in order to conform to the regulations.