Tuesday , Dec , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

DeShawn Stevenson Asks to Come off Bench

DeShawn Stevenson has taken pride in having the second-longest active starting streak in the NBA. But even pride has its limits, so the veteran shooting guard, who is shooting a career-low 31.7 percent from the field, approached interim coach Ed Tapscott before practice yesterday and suggested a change.

Tapscott, who has made several changes to the lineup since taking over for Eddie Jordan on Nov. 24, agreed. Tonight, when the Washington Wizards (4-21) face the Charlotte Bobcats, Stevenson will come off the bench.

Tapscott said he was not yet set on a replacement and was considering several options including going to a lineup that would shift Caron Butler to shooting guard and replace him with Dominic McGuire at small forward.