Chapman to make his Bullets debut

April 07, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Rex Chapman, who has not played for Washington since being acquired from the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 19 for forward Tom Hammonds, has tentatively scheduled his Bullets debut for Tuesday in New York against the Knicks.

The Bullets and Chapman had feared that surgery might be required on the bruised left heel that has sidelined him since January, when the 6-foot-4 guard was placed on the injured list.

Chapman, a former Kentucky All-American and Charlotte's first selection in the 1988 expansion draft, has spent the past two weeks in Louisville, Ky., where he was examined and given an exercise regimen by personal physician Raymond Shea.

Yesterday, Chapman, 24, returned to Washington and was examined by Bullets doctor Steve Haas, who said the fourth-year veteran had shown enough progress to test the heel after undergoing another week of therapy.

After the game against the Knicks, the Bullets finish the season against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.

Hammonds has yet to play for the Hornets. He has been sidelined by a groin injury that reportedly will keep him inactive the remainder of the season.

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