Monday , Nov , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards place Brown and Thomas on IL

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards Monday placed forward
Kwame Brown, center Etan Thomas and guard Steve Blake on the injured list.

Brown underwent successful surgery in early August to repair a fracture in
the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. It was originally believed that
Brown could be ready when the Wizards open the 2004-05 campaign on November 3
at home versus Portland. However, a late November or early December time frame
is now more likely.

The Wizards took Brown with the top overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, making
him the first high school player ever taken with the first selection.

The 22-year-old Brown averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 74 games last
season, including 57 starts. In three seasons with Washington, he has posted
averages of 7.8 points and 5.6 boards per outing.

Last season, his third with the Wizards, Thomas 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in
79 games.

Blake averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 assists as a rookie for the Wizards during
the 2003-04 campaign.