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Wizards secure Gooden, prepare for Kings

Drew Gooden earned his right for the rest of the season thanks to his rising play off the bench.  Can he help Washington go deep in the Playoffs?
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The Washington Wizards signed forward Drew Gooden for the remainder of the season Tuesday after back-to-back 10-day contracts. The 11-year-pro achieved a season-high 21 points and 9 rebounds off the bench Saturday as the Wizards topped the visiting Brooklyn Nets, all but securing his place in Washington.

"You guys joke about me being old, but I'm still Drew Gooden," said the former Kansas Jayhawk, who played with former Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich back in the madness that was 2002. "That's what I do. Once I see a couple go in, I feel like I can't miss. Tonight the ball was definitely on my side and it dropped for me tonight."

Gooden's 8-for-11 from the field performance had Nets fans scrambling. Via @BenAgent0, some fans even went as far as to describe Gooden's off the pine performance as Chamberlain worthy, as in Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain. That's some fairly high praise, but the front office wasn't ready to sleep on his skill.

Gooden, 32, will join Head Coach Randy Wittman's "AARP group" tandem of Dre (Andre) Miller, 37, and Al Harrington, 34, for the final 16 games of Washington's 2013-14 season. The 35-31 Wizards currently hold the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference, and they'll face the 23-44 Sacramento Kings tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET (CSN).

NBA legend Phil Jackson made his return to the New York Knicks official Tuesday as he spoke about his new role as Team President. The 27-40 Knicks are unlikely to turn this season around, yet they have won their last six and are one spot below the 8th spot 30-35 Atlanta Hawks.

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