Bullets set four games at Arena

July 17, 1992|By Alan Goldstein

With a commitment to become as much of a state team as the Orioles, the Washington Bullets again will play four of their home games at the Baltimore Arena during the the 1992-93 NBA season.

"I think linking the Baltimore and Washington markets makes a lot of sense," said team president Susan O'Malley. "When you combine the two cities, you have potentially the fourth-biggest market in the country."

With their recurring clock problems perhaps corrected, the Bullets have scheduled four new opponents at the Arena this season.

They will play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 27, the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 26, the New Jersey Nets on Jan. 16, and the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 13, with all games starting at 7:30 p.m.

The expansion Timberwolves will be showcasing All-American and Olympic forward Christian Laettner of Duke.

The Pistons, featuring Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, will have a new head coach in Ron Rothstein. A former coach of the Miami Heat, Rothstein replaced Chuck Daly, the new boss of the Nets who is coaching the Olympians.

The Cavaliers are considered the chief Eastern Conference threat to the Chicago Bulls in their bid for a third straight NBA title.

The Bullets split their four games at the Arena last season. The first three games were marred by repeated electrical failures that caused chaos with the scoreboard and 24-second clocks.

Washington officials were told by the NBA to correct the problem or face the possibility of no longer being allowed to play "home" games in Baltimore.

The electrical snafu was finally traced to the hydroculator Bullets trainer John Lally uses for the players' heating pads. It would cause a power outage in the scoreboard. The final Bullets game here against Milwaukee, March 7, was played without incident.

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