Bullets find spot for Overton on injured list

November 06, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

The Washington Bullets resolved their 13th-man problem yesterday by placing free-agent guard Doug Overton on the five-game injured list to begin the season.

Overton, who joined the team only three weeks ago after playing this summer for Sydney in the Australian Basketball League, is suffering from a badly bruised toe and tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.

The former La Salle star, who was drafted and cut by the Detroit Pistons just before last season, has impressed Bullets coaches with his shooting and ball-handling skills and is viewed as a possible backup to point guard Michael Adams.

Playing little more than a quarter a game, Overton averaged 16 points in the preseason while shooting 64 percent from the field.

Because of the past injury problems of guards Rex Chapman and LaBradford Smith, Bullets coach Wes Unseld felt vulnerable starting the season with only four backcourt players. Rookie Brent Price missed the last six preseason games with a groin pull, but has been declared fit to play.

Overton was the only roster player whose contract was not guaranteed.

"When he gets well, then we'll have to decide what to do with our roster," said general manager John Nash.

Even with his injury, Overton seemed relieved.

"I feel a lot better about my situation than this time last year," he said, referring to his release by the Pistons and tenure with the Rockford Lightning in the CBA.

"I know I can play in this league. It's a long season, and I just want to be around when the opportunity comes."

The Bullets also have forward Bernard King on the injured list, but the 13-year veteran, who missed all of last season after knee surgery, is not expected back until late this season, if at all.

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