Stewart activated for game

December 10, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

PHOENIX -- Apparently there was a reason for Washington Bullets forward Larry Stewart packing his bags and making the team's three-game road trip, which concluded here last night. Team officials said there was a possibility he would be activated during the trip, and yesterday that became a reality.

Stewart, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward from Coppin State, was activated for last night's game against the Phoenix Suns. He broke his right foot during a summer league game in Philadelphia and was placed on the injured list at the start of the season.

To make room for Stewart, the Bullets placed 7-7 center Gheorghe Muresan on the injured list, saying the rookie will undergo tests on his pituitary gland to determine if surgery or radiation treatment will be needed. Muresan, who isn't traveling with the

team, injects himself with medication three times a day to control excessive levels of growth hormones.

In Stewart, the Bullets get an agile and swift forward -- something missing on a team that lacks quickness. In his two years with the Bullets, Stewart has averaged 10.1 points.

He becomes the second key player to join the team on this trip. Pervis Ellison, who had surgery on both knees in May, played his first game Monday in Seattle.

"I don't know what I can contribute right now," Stewart said. "I have to wait and see how I feel in a game-type situation."

Seeing limited duty, Stewart scored eight points last night, going 2-for-5 from the field.

"I felt pretty good, other than not being in shape," Stewart said.

Said coach Wes Unseld of Stewart, who got his first action this season in the second quarter, "He looked rusty."

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