Pack's back at practice, but rusty from layoff Bullets point guard says his season might be over

March 26, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- Washington Bullets guard Robert Pack returned to practice yesterday, his first five-on-five action since suffering nerve damage to his right leg Jan. 8. But even with Pack back on the court, there are no assurances he'll see game action the rest of the season.

Pack was not pleased with his performance yesterday and said he needed more practice to work off the rust. But with just 14 games remaining, there might not be enough practice time to get him back in shape and ready to help in a possible playoff run.

"I just need to know am I going to make enough progress in enough time to play the rest of the season," Pack said. "If it comes to a point where we're totally out of [the playoffs], the smart thing may be to wait till next year. But me, being the competitive person that I am, I want to be there."

Although coach Jim Lynam was happy to see Pack back on the court, he said "rusty" was the best way to describe his play.

"When a point guard gets hurt, it's different. Their game is a matter of timing, feeling," Lynam said. "We just have to get him back into the flow."

Pack was a little harsher in describing his play.

"It was terrible," he said. "I know going in that I shouldn't expect too much. But going out there I wanted to be the same Robert Pack. It wasn't where I wanted to be out there, but it's coming. It was just a good step for me to get out there and play."

Asked what the highlight of the day was, Pack said it was a scoop shot he made against Gheorghe Muresan. But his quickness was absent, which led to more turnovers than he would have liked.

"I was able to push the ball up the court, but a couple of times I wanted to make a quick move to get to the basket and I couldn't," Pack said. "They trapped me a few times and I wasn't able to break the press.

"It was the first day. We'll see how it goes from here. . . . I want to see in the next practices whether it's worth me coming back to play or not."

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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