Webber, Price must wait a day for MRI results Players to discuss options with doctors this morning

January 30, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

The Washington Bullets will have to wait a day before they find out the test results on Chris Webber and Mark Price, both of whom underwent MRI exams on Saturday.

Webber, complaining of soreness in his left shoulder, has missed the past three games and has hinted he might have season-ending surgery. Price has missed the past two games with soreness on the left side of his foot that's unrelated to his surgery to release the plantar fascia tendon and remove bone spurs.

The team was expecting to learn the findings of the MRI tests yesterday, but doctors were not expected to read the results until late and planned to sit down with both players this morning to discuss the options.

Webber, since his return, had said he wanted to try to make it through the season and a possible playoff run as long as his shoulder stayed strong. But his fall against the New York Knicks on Dec. 27 led him to miss 10 games, with the soreness returning recently.

"I think his hope was if he rehabbed and came back, he wouldn't have any incidents," Bullets general manager John Nash said. "That has caused him to be frustrated and has interrupted his ability to play.

"I think the other reason why he's considering surgery is the length of the rehabilitation," Nash said. "He's determined to be available for the entire season from start to finish next year."

Though the comings and goings of Price and Webber can be disruptive to the team's chemistry, Nash said it's a problem the Bullets don't mind having.

"It disrupts the flow, but recognize even with that disruption we're much improved when they're available," Nash said.

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