PORTLAND, Ore. -- Having seen other methods of boosting the team's standing in the NBA prove unsuccessful, the Washington Bullets are trying a change in scenery at training camp as a possible solution.
Team president Susan O'Malley announced yesterday that the Bullets will hold their two-week October camp at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., after spending the last three years tuning up at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.
O'Malley, an alumnus of Mount St. Mary's, said the move was not an indication of dissatisfaction with the Mount's training facilities.
"They accommodated us in every way possible," she said. "Our only problem was in having our players having to make a 30-minute commute once or twice a day from Emmitsburg to the hotel in Gettysburg."
This year, the Bullets will be housed at a hotel in Martinsburg, fTC W.Va., only a 12-minute ride from the Shepherd College gym.
For more than 20 years, the Bullets trained in Fort Meade, Md. But coach Wes Unseld said he believes his players can be more attentive in a more isolated setting.
As usual, the Bullets will hold their mid-July minicamp for draft picks and free agents at Bowie State.
* Fans again can go to the Capital Centre for free to watch the broadcast of the June 24 NBA draft, which will be held in Portland. Bullets general manager John Nash will be on hand to explain the team's choice. The Bullets have the No. 6 pick overall. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and TNT will begin its broadcast at 7:30.