Unseld upset with conditioning of Bedford, Chapman, Ellison Injuries leave coach steaming

October 12, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. -- After calling the start of his fifth training camp the best in terms of overall conditioning by his players, Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld pointedly criticized centers William Bedford and Pervis Ellison and guard Rex Chapman for not reporting in the best of shape.

Bedford, the 7-foot-1 center with the troubled past, has missed two of the three practices since he was acquired by the Bullets from the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday along with rookie forward Don MacLean in exchange for John Williams. Bedford has complained of a hamstring pull.

Unseld and general manager John Nash have suggested that Bedford, who played previously for the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons, must make a favorable impression quickly or be subject to another trade.

Nash said: "He's here to be evaluated, and we'll determine quickly if he figures in our plans."

"I'm not at all happy with this situation," said Unseld. "Bedford has known all summer he had to be prepared for camp, whether it was here or in Los Angeles.

"If he's got a physical problem, he should come to the gym 90 minutes early and have [trainer] John Lally work with him. But he shows up right on time and then tells us he can't practice.

"I'm also peeved at Pervis [back spasms] and Rex [cramps]," Unseld added. "These things don't happen if you report in shape. There's no excuse for it."

After a spirited, three-hour morning workout in which Ellison and Chapman participated, Unseld canceled the scheduled evening practice.

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