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Updated: January 16, 2004, 8:52 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Wally Szczerbiak
Minnesota Timberwolves: Just because Wally Szczerbiak's cast is finally off his left foot doesn't mean he wants to step on anyone's toes. "That's going to be up to the coaches," Szczerbiak said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune of his return date. "I don't think they're going to allow the apple cart to get disrupted. It's going to be my job to adjust to how the team is going. The team isn't going to change for any one guy. It's up to us to fit ourselves back in." Especially after the team has done so well without the injured stars that include Wally, Troy Hudson and Michael Olowokandi. "I don't want to come in and be this big whirlwind who changes the way the team plays," he said. "Hopefully, I'll fit in nice. In years past, it was important that I did a lot more, that night in and night out I did a certain amount of shooting and scoring. This year, that maybe won't be the case. And that's fine. Right now, our team has thrown all that [ego] stuff out the window. Everyone is totally committed to winning."

Washington Wizards: Head coach Eddie Jordan just wants to know why his struggling Wizards and NBA referees just can't get along. "When I think we're not getting a fair shake, I've got to take a stand," Jordan said in the Washington Times. "I've got to show my players and show officials that we're not getting a fair shake. That's the only way to do it. You verbalize it respectfully and when it continues, you do a little more." They know they're 11-27. They just don't want to be treated like they're 11-27. "You've seen what happens," said point guard Brevin Knight. "With the record [10-27] that we have, all the young guys, that's the respect that you get. Right now we have to play through all of that. We can't worry about it. We can't change it. We just have to go out and just go that much harder."

Los Angeles Lakers: Shaquille O'Neal isn't so much worried about his current injury as he is about his next one. That's why he's learning to walk all over again. "It's easy. That's how you're supposed to walk," O'Neal said in the L.A. Daily News. "When you're in pain all the time, you just want to ease the pain. It's not a major adjustment. I just have to walk like I used to walk." The center has begun light workouts with the team and may join it next week on the game floor. "I just wanted him to be in traffic and to get on the court and touch the ball and feel bodies around him and rebound and do some things like that, reaction things," coach Phil Jackson said. "He looks fine. He looks like he's close."