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Jordan No-Show at United Center

April 14, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Washington Wizards were at the United Center on Thursday night. Michael Jordan wasn’t.

While the Wizards were making their first trip to Chicago since Jordan became part-owner and president of basketball operations, Jordan was in Arizona scouting the Phoenix Desert Classic pre-draft tournament.

``Every other general manager and scout in the league is doing that right now,″ Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. ``It’s probably the biggest week they have in terms of evaluating.″

Jordan, who has a strained relationship with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Jerry Krause, hasn’t been to an NBA game at the United Center since he retired. He went to the Bulls’ game in Atlanta on Nov. 6, and visited the team at its practice facility five days later.

He hasn’t seen many Wizards games in person, either, though he was on hand last month when Washington beat the Bulls at the MCI Center.

But Jordan’s absence doesn’t mean anything, Wizards coach Darrell Walker said.

``He has his pulse on the team,″ said Walker, who talks frequently with Jordan. ``A lot of people think Michael took this position just to get out of the house. I know differently.″

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