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Updated: February 24, 2004, 8:37 AM ET
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Washington Wizards: Point guard Gilbert Arenas had a mouthful for teammate Kwame Brown. "To tell you the truth, I don't know what he's looking for," Arenas said in the Washington Times. "He gets the ball as much as anybody else. No one else is complaining. Most of the time I'm giving him the ball. He said people were worried about numbers. If you're worried about touches, then obviously you're worried about numbers. I just say do what it takes for your team to win. Look, when I'm having a bad game or somebody else is having a bad game and he has 20 [points], I don't hear him complaining." Then it got personal. "Maybe he sees all those guys who came out of high school and turned into studs, and he's a little bit frustrated over that because he feels he needs to be there," Arenas said. "And we want him to get there. I'm going to try my best to get him there." Then it got even worse. "This stuff, we'll get past it," Arenas said. "Right now we're all forcing things, probably trying to do more than we can because we want to get out of this. We're going to have our differences. This is what happens on bad teams."

New Jersey Nets: Forget the NBA. Lawrence Frank is out to break the record for the best start in pro sports history, currently tied with Joe Morgan of the 1988 Red Sox and James Price of the 1884 New York Gothams at 13 wins. "Any time you have success, there's a tendency to think big picture because you think you're gonna be there, that you've arrived," Frank said in the N.Y. Post. "But we understand we've got to earn our way every day. You're not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow, you're just worried about today." Jason Kidd agreed. "Accountability and communication, that's the two biggest things," said Kidd. "And the swagger and confidence everybody has. It's a matter of understanding what's at stake and being focused. Those are the things that stand out the most."

Boston Celtics: Far be it for Danny Ainge to blame himself for the current Celtic mess when he's still got the weather to point at. "I got a lot of feedback last year in my conversations with players and agents, and they told me some interesting things," Ainge said in the Boston Herald. "They told me they didn't like the way the Celtics play and they didn't like the weather and the media and fan pressures in Boston. And guys just didn't like a team that had players that didn't share the ball. Those were the sad realities of what I discovered when I took over this team last summer. So I figured there's nothing I can do about the weather and nothing I can do about the media scrutiny, but we can do something about the style of play. We have to create an environment that people want to come to."


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