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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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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 | 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 | 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 Alan Goldstein | November 3, 1990
The Washington Bullets' medical staff reported yesterday that the right knee of forward John Williams, who rejoined the team Thursday after a long holdout, is "85 percent to 90 percent" sound."
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By Sam Davis | October 21, 1990
Washington Bullets general manager John Nash sai yesterday that the team is prepared to play the 1990-91 season without free-agent shooting guard Ledell Eackles, who said Friday that he may sit out the season."
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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 Jim Henneman | January 23, 1991
VS. ATLANTA HAWKS* WHEN: Tonight, 7:35.* WHERE: Capital Centre.* TV/RADIO: HTS and WTOP-AM 1500.* OUTLOOK: The Bullets (17-21) are hoping that a weeklong stretch at home will rejuvenate Bernard King, the NBA's third-leading scorer with a 30.1 average. After scoring more than 30 points in 21 of the first 35 games, King has been held in check the last three times out. He shot 6-for-18 while scoring 22 in a 121-119 win over Orlando Monday. Harvey Grant (19.1 points) continues to provide solid support for King, and Ledell Eackles (10.6)
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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 Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | March 7, 1992
Computer experts say they have replaced the faulty part in the electrical system that has caused repeated breakdowns in the Baltimore Arena scoreboard and 24-second clock at previous Washington Bullets games.So there should be no repeat of the problems in tonight's game here against the Milwaukee Bucks.Correcting all the on-court problems of the Bullets (20-40) will prove significantly harder, but both general manager John Nash and coach Wes Unseld have seen some encouraging signs in recent weeks.
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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 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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By Jim Henneman | January 23, 1991
VS. ATLANTA HAWKS* WHEN: Tonight, 7:35.* WHERE: Capital Centre.* TV/RADIO: HTS and WTOP-AM 1500.* OUTLOOK: The Bullets (17-21) are hoping that a weeklong stretch at home will rejuvenate Bernard King, the NBA's third-leading scorer with a 30.1 average. After scoring more than 30 points in 21 of the first 35 games, King has been held in check the last three times out. He shot 6-for-18 while scoring 22 in a 121-119 win over Orlando Monday. Harvey Grant (19.1 points) continues to provide solid support for King, and Ledell Eackles (10.6)
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By Jon Roe and Jon Roe,Special to The Sun | January 5, 1991
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Washington Bullets' wait for Ledell Eackles to regain his form paid off last night.Eackles scored a season-high 22 points, as Washington defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-100, for its third straight victory and sixth in the past eight games.The Bullets (13-17) also got 26 points from Bernard King and 25 points and nine rebounds from Harvey Grant.Of Eackles, Bullets guard Darrell Walker said: "We've been waiting on him. We all know he can do it, but it's a matter of getting yourself prepared to play hard every night.
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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 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,Staff Writer | March 7, 1992
Computer experts say they have replaced the faulty part in the electrical system that has caused repeated breakdowns in the Baltimore Arena scoreboard and 24-second clock at previous Washington Bullets games.So there should be no repeat of the problems in tonight's game here against the Milwaukee Bucks.Correcting all the on-court problems of the Bullets (20-40) will prove significantly harder, but both general manager John Nash and coach Wes Unseld have seen some encouraging signs in recent weeks.
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By Alan Goldstein | November 18, 1990
Washington Bullets guard Ledell Eackles, still considered several weeks away from being in playing condition, was moved from the five-day suspension list to the indefinite-suspension list yesterday after the team received approval from National Basketball Association director of operations Rod Thorn."
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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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