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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 27, 1990
BOWIE -- The decision whether to activate Ledell Eackles was put on hold for another day after Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld voiced his displeasure over the shooting guard's motivation following a morning practice yesterday.Eackles, complaining of the flu, missed a planned two-a-day workout on Sunday with assistant coach Bill Blair.Yesterday, Eackles, who missed all of training camp while negotiating a new two-year contract, participated in the first part of the workout but sat on the sidelines when Unseld started the full-court scrimmage.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1996
LANDOVER -- When the Washington Bullets walked into their locker room last night, there was a little less room to maneuver with all the minicams around. There was such a buzz before the game against the Miami Heat that coach Jim Lynam didn't deem it necessary to deliver a pep talk."At this stage of the season, a team like us can ill afford any losses," said Lynam, well aware of the playoff implications involved. "[The team] doesn't need me to tell them that it's important. Our survival is what we're talking about here."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | March 30, 1992
During his collegiate days in New Orleans, Ledell Eackles was aptly nicknamed "The Big Easy" for the way he consistently produced big numbers in the box score with what seemed to be a minimum of effort.Today, the fourth-year NBA swingman might be labeled the big tease for the way he has Washington Bullets management puzzling over his potential in the NBA.Since he inherited the starting small forward job in mid-February after the trade of Tom Hammonds to the Charlotte Hornets, Eackles has averaged more than 20 points.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1996
LANDOVER -- Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo stands 7 feet, 2 inches tall, has long arms and has earned his reputation as one of the NBA's best shot-blockers. So when Washington Bullets point guard Brent Price put his head down and drove the lane in the final seconds of what was a tie game yesterday -- well, courtside fans could not be faulted if they ducked.But instead of swatting the shot of the 6-1 Price into oblivion, Mutombo just stood in his path with his hands down and Price casually deposited the winning layup with less than a second left.
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By Alan Goldstein | October 24, 1991
Add veteran guard Ledell Eackles to the Washington Bullets' crowded injury list.Eackles, being auditioned at small forward in the absence of Bernard King, who will be sidelined until December after knee surgery, complained of sore ribs after scoring a team-high 25 points in Tuesday night's 114-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Knoxville, Tenn. It was the winless Bullets' sixth straight preseason defeat.Eackles was examined yesterday by team doctor Carl MacCartee, and X-rays proved negative.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | November 13, 1990
Now that the Washington Bullets have found a way to fit Ledell Eackles into their salary structure, they have only one week to fit him into a uniform.The 6-foot-5 guard finally signed a contract yesterday -- and was immediately placed on the suspended list. The move was merely a formality, giving the club a chance to get Eackles somewhere close to playing condition.The maximum Eackles can stay on the suspended list is five days, so he will have to be activated for the home game against Sacramento one week from tonight.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 13, 1990
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Washington Bullets began looking more like contenders than pretenders yesterday after projected starting guard Ledell Eackles ended his holdout by signing a two-year deal for an estimated $1.5 million.Two weeks ago, the Bullets got another boost when power forward John Williams, regarded as the team's best player, ended a summer-long sit-down.Eackles, 23, who passed a physical examination by team doctor Steven Haas yesterday, was placed on a five-day suspension list.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 3, 1992
BOWIE -- Washington Bullets trainer John Lally, who has been calling the NBA on a regular basis to report the team's latest injuries, expected to raise some eyebrows in the league office with the latest casualty.Reserve guard Ledell Eackles sat out practice at Bowie State yesterday, his right (shooting) hand bandaged to protect a gunpowder burn from getting infected.The injury was not considered serious, and Eackles was expected to suit up against the New Jersey Nets at the Meadowlands tonight.
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By Alan Goldstein | September 25, 1990
The salary gulf between veteran guard Ledell Eackles and the Washington Bullets remains more than $5 million, but there has been little movement the past five weeks by either team management or Eackles' agent, Ed Sapir of New Orleans, to close the gap.Bullets general manager John Nash has labeled Sapir's $8 million demand for a four-year contract totally unrealistic, and Sapir said he views Nash's counteroffer of $2.1 million over three seasons as "insulting."Eackles,...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | October 8, 1991
EMMITSBURG -- Washington Bullets guard Ledell Eackles doesn't want to talk about his physical condition, but that's what's on most minds as the Bullets prepare for the coming season and this Sunday's exhibition game against New York.A year ago, the 24-year-old shooting guard held out in a contract dispute, wound up on the "suspended" list for the first 11 games and spent much of the season working on his conditioning. He played in just 67 games, the fewest in his career, averaged 13 points and was less than the effective athlete the Bullets envisioned to replace departed shooting guard Jeff Malone.
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January 27, 1996
Opponent: Vancouver GrizzliesSite: USAir Arena, LandoverTime: 7:30TV/Radio: HTS/WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: Vancouver is coming off Thursday's overtime win against the Toronto Raptors in the battle of expansion teams. G Greg Anthony (17.1. ppg, 7.3 apg) leads the Grizzlies. The Bullets are looking for the first win over an expansion team, having dropped two games to Toronto. Washington is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 120-85 rout of the Houston Rockets. F Chris Webber (strained left shoulder)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1996
BOWIE -- When asked whether the absence of Chris Webber, Calbert Cheaney and Robert Pack from the lineup had affected his team, Washington Bullets coach Jim Lynam simply pointed to the Chicago Bulls' part of the box score from Monday's game."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1995
BOWIE -- One thing Chris Webber has learned by suffering two dislocated shoulders in less than a year is to be cautious. That is why the Washington Bullets forward, feeling that something was not right with his left shoulder, sat out a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.Webber was back at practice yesterday -- along with a couple of new faces -- and said he will play tonight when the Bullets face the Milwaukee Bucks at USAir Arena."It feels a lot better," said Webber, before leaving for New York for a taping of "The Maury Povich Show" that is scheduled to be aired on Christmas.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | September 23, 1992
LANDOVER -- Ten days ago at the Capital Centre, Buck Johnson was walking in one door of the Washington Bullets' office while Ledell Eackles was walking out another.At the time, the symbolism surely was lost on Johnson. But, yesterday, when he was introduced to the media as the newest Bullet, Johnson had to realize he was being counted on to replace Eackles as the team's starting small forward this season.General manager John Nash made no secret of that."Right now, if we had to name a starting lineup," Nash said, "I'd say we'd be starting Johnson up front with Harvey Grant and Pervis Ellison, with Michael Adams and Rex Chapman in the backcourt.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | July 2, 1992
The New York Knicks, substantially under the salary cap and seeking frontcourt help, last night tended an offer sheet to Washington Bullets forward Harvey Grant that team sources said was worth $12 million over six years.The Bullets have 15 days to match the offer, and general manager John Nash said he is "prepared to match any reasonable offer" to retain Grant, a restricted free agent who averaged 18 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. Nash said, however, that the Bullets had not received the offer sheet as of last night.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | April 19, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- "Everyone was watching the clock, wanting to get it over," Bullets rookie forward Larry Stewart said after the rapidly played season finale with Philadelphia at the Spectrum last night. The 76ers completed a five-game series sweep, 111-104.Now, instead of watching the clock, both teams will count the days until the NBA lottery, May 17, when they hope a lucky draw will put them back in contention next season.Washington (25-57), which posted its fewest victories since the 1966-67 season in Baltimore when the team won 20 games, will have eight pingpong balls in the lottery hopper while praying for a first or second selection that would bring them a Shaquille O'Neal or Alonzo Mourning.
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By Alan Goldstein | March 23, 1991
Nothing comes easy for the Washington Bullets this disappointing season.Making their final appearance in Baltimore, the Bullets blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes, but scored five points in the last nine seconds to outlast the Atlanta Hawks, 121-116.This unlikely victory before a roaring crowd of 10,409 at the Baltimore Arena ended the Bullets' record seven-game home losing streak. But it took a season-high 33-points by Ledell Eackles and several officiating blunders to finally stop the tailspin that had seen Washington (24-42)
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 16, 1990
BOWIE -- The Washington Bullets will wait until tomorrow before deciding how to make room on their 12-man roster for shooting guard Ledell Eackles."We're still evaluating Ledell and whether he is ready to contribute to the team," said general manager John Nash after watching Eackles practice with the team for tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Spectrum.Eackles, who ended his contract holdout Monday by signing a two-year deal worth $1.4 million, was placed on a five-day suspension list.
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April 8, 1992
MIAMI -- Glen Rice hit five three-pointers and scored 21 points, as the Miami Heat broke a four-game losing streak with a 100-89 win over the short-handed Washington Bullets last night.Washington dressed only nine players. The Bullets were without their leading scorer, Pervis Ellison, who missed his fifth straight game with a pulled groin, and Ledell Eackles, who was fined and suspended after missing a team flight from Charlotte, N.C., and a Monday team practice.
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By Bruce Martin and Bruce Martin,Contributing Writer | April 5, 1992
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's seldom that Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld faults the effort of his team. But effort isn't always enough in the NBA.Ledell Eackles and Harvey Grant combined for 55 points, but the Bullets still lost to the Charlotte Hornets, 118-109 last night.Eackles scored 30 and Grant had 25 for the Bullets (24-51). Charlotte had six players score in double figures, led by Kenny Gattison's 23. Hornets forward Johnny Newman, playing in his first game since breaking the ring finger of his shooting hand on Feb. 28, scored 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
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