Bullets activate Price, but guard isn't ready yet Next step: tough practices

Cheaney on injured list

January 06, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- The Washington Bullets put point guard Mark Price on the team's active roster for the first time yesterday, but it may be at least another week before he is ready to play in a game.

To make room for Price, the Bullets released reserve forward Bob McCann, and placed shooting guard Calbert Cheaney (sore right leg) on the injured list.

Price, who will turn 32 next month, is recovering from surgery to repair the torn plantar fascia of his left foot. Acquired in a trade for the Bullets' first-round pick in this summer's draft, Price was sidelined after participating in the first day of practice during training camp. He underwent surgery on Nov. 10.

"He's going to have the opportunity to practice three times [over the next week], so I think we'll know better when he'll play after that," coach Jim Lynam said. "He likes where he's at and he feels good. Everything he has done has been positive."

Had Price not been injured, the Bullets probably would have never gone after Robert Pack, who has averaged 18.2 points and 8.0 assists per game since becoming the starter.

Lynam said that with Price still not ready to play, he hasn't even thought about making a decision in terms of who will start.

"You have to go by game stuff, and we're not at that point yet," Lynam said. "I think they can play together. Pack can guard bigger guys, no question. And a bigger guy would have trouble guarding him."

Bullets tonight

Opponent: Detroit Pistons

Site: The Palace, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Time: 7:30

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Outlook: Detroit, after a slow start, has won seven of 10 games to even its record at .500. F Grant Hill is having a solid second season, averaging 20.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 6.0 apg. The Bullets have won four of their last five, but go into the game without F Chris Webber (strained left shoulder) and G Calbert Cheaney (injured right leg). Cheaney was placed on the injured list yesterday, and Price was activated. Washington has won both games against Detroit this season, most recently a 98-97 victory on Nov. 22 in Auburn Hills.

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