Ellison downplays report on knees

February 03, 1994|By Jerry Bembry

LANDOVER -- Washington Bullets center Pervis Ellison last night shrugged off a published report that the condition of his knees -- which were operated on in May -- could force the end of his career.

The report, in yesterday's Washington Times, quoted Dr. Lonnie Paulos as saying that Ellison's knees are similar to what "many NBA basketball players have by the end of their career. . . . He's just worn them out playing basketball."

Reached after last night's game,Ellison said: "It's a situation where there's an upside on the surgery on some people and a downside on others. My knees are getting better. I'm not playing up to my ability now, but I feel myself getting better."

Paulos, who works at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City, performed the surgery in May. Ellison was expected to be ready to play at the start of the season, but missed the first 16 games.

Bullets general manager John Nash has said repeatedly that he hasbeen unhappy with the way the 6-foot-10 post player has responded since returning to the team.

Ellison is averaging 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26 games. He was inserted into the starting lineup in December and started six games. He had his best game offensively Dec. 30 against the Knicks, scoring 21 points. But he grabbed only one rebound in that game, and has appeared tentative on the court.

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