Originally created 10/18/01

Jordan returns to practice with Wizards



WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan returned to practice with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, a day after sitting out of the team's scrimmage because of a strained left foot.

Coach Doug Collins said he didn't know if Jordan would play in the Wizards' preseason game against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"My goal is definitely I want him to play at home on Saturday," Collins said.

The Wizards only preseason game at MCI Center is Saturday against the New Jersey Nets.

Jordan, who hurt his foot against Miami last Saturday, declined to speak to the media for the second straight day. Practice was not open to reporters, but center Jahidi White said Jordan played well.

"He looked very good," White said. "I didn't notice Mike favoring his leg at all."

If and when Jordan does play, it is uncertain how many minutes he will get in a game. Because he's 38 and hasn't played in the NBA since 1998, Jordan does not want to overextend himself in the preseason.

Collins will try to strike a balance between resting Jordan and playing him enough minutes so he can go 35 minutes a game by the start of the season.

"At some point, his minutes are going to have to go up," Collins said. "There's nothing like being in a game and playing."