* Jerry Stackhouse, out with a groin injury, has been cleared by the Wizards team physician for some light stretching and a workout. If all goes well, Stackhouse has a good chance to return to the Wizards lineup by Wednesday against New Orleans, according to the Washington Times.
Stackhouse leads Washington (20-20) in scoring at 22.5 points per game and is ninth in the NBA in free throw shooting accuracy at 87.6%.
ALL-STAR GAME NOT ON JORDAN'S AGENDA
* The lastest NBA All-Star voting tabulations showed the Eastern Conference leaders at guard to be Tracy McGrady (Orlando) and Allen Ivereson (Philadelphia). If it stays that way Michael Jordan says don't expect him to be in Atlanta for the NBA's showcase event on February 9. "It's great," Jordan said about being third in the voting totals at guard in an AP story last week. "It is good to represent the fans and if I get a chance to do that I will do that. But if I don't [get the votes to be a starter] there will be no remorse, no ill feelings, no animosity, none of that. I'll enjoy my week. I'm pretty sure I can find a warm climate somewhere."
Jordan has helped the Wizards become a playoff contender with 18.2 points per game so far this season. Jordan says he welcomes the changes that are taking place. "It's a different era, and it's time for me to step aside and let some of these kids move in, and that doesn't bother me one bit," Jordan said.
NBA TAR HEEL PROS TRIVIA: How many times has Michael Jordan been an NBA All-Star game starter? Answer below.
CAPEL ON ESPN2 TUESDAY
* Jason Capel and the Fayetteville Patriots (NBDL) have reached the halfway point of their 50-game regular-season. The Patriots mark of 14-11 has them in first-place. Capel has started all 25 games and has season stats of 26.7 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, FT% of 90.7 (league best) and 3-pt. FG% of 40.4 (10th-best).
Capel scored 22, along with Bryan Lucas and Omar Cook, on Saturday night against Roanoke as the Patriots lost a 12-point lead with two minutes to go, then saw the game slip away in overtime, 115-112. The 227 combined points is an NBDL record for total points in a game. Capel also contributed five rebounds, three assists and two steals over 34 minutes.
The game will be televised via tape-delay on Tuesday (1/21) by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET.
RASHEED SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN GAMES
* Following a dominating 38-point performance in Portland's 100-92 win over Memphis last Wednesday, Rasheed Wallace had a postgame meltdown that led to what the NBA calls the accosting and threatening of a referee, which has been met with a suspension of seven games without pay. Wallace has the right to appeal the penalty.
Referee Ted Donaghy called Wallace for a technical foul, his fifth 'T' of the season, during the third quarter, for the way Rasheed returned the ball back to another ref after he was charged with a foul, according to the AP.
The NBA said there was no physical contact in the altercation, that took place in an area where players and game personnel park their cars.
Wallace has the NBA record for technicals with 41 during the 2000-01 season. He reduced that to 27 last season, and now stands at five halfway through this season.
Wallace's charge for misdemeanor marijuana possession in November is scheduled for a hearing on January 27.
NEWBY NOW A LIGHTNING BOLT
* Former Tar Heel Terrence Newby is still with Dakota in Huron, South Dakota, but the team is now known as the Lightning Bolts of the newly-formed, four-team, Midwestern Basketball Association.
Dakota began as the Lightning of the X-treme Basketball Association/Midwest. The 5-team XBA/Midwest league folded last week over a dispute about finances between league management and local owners. Four of the five XBA teams have agreed to continue to play as the MBA.
In the first MBA game last week, Newby scored a team-high 26 points, along with 7 assists and 4 steals, in Dakota's 112-105 win over the Frontier City (Fort Dodge, Iowa) River Dogz.
TAR HEEL PROS TRIVIA
Answer: Jordan has been an All-Star game starter 12 times and missed another one due to injury.
Jordan ranks 3rd in All-Star game scoring with 242 points and 4th in scoring average at 20.2 points per game. He was the MVP in 1988, 1996 and 1998.