Home is not so sweet for ex-Bullet Morrison


Former Loyola College star Mike Morrison will spend most of his time on the telephone today, talking to his agent and other NBA sources, looking for a new opportunity.

Morrison and former American University standout Ron Draper were cut by the Washington Bullets yesterday, just before evening practice.

"I tried to do my best for the Bullets," said Morrison. "You're always disappointed when things don't work out. But I'm going to try to keep my motivation and look for some new opportunities."

The Bullets acquired Morrison prior to training camp in a conditional trade with the Phoenix Suns. The trade would have sent a 1992 second-round draft choice to Phoenix if Morrison had made the team.

Morrison, who had trouble during camp finding his shooting touch, played in four preseason games. He averaged 4.5 points and 14.75 minutes.

The Bullets roster is down to 16, including the unsigned Ledell Eackles and the elusive John Williams. The final roster limit is 12.

Currently, guards Larry Robinson (Centenary), Haywoode Workman (Oral Roberts), Tony Harris (University of New Orleans) and forward Sam Jefferson (Georgetown) are still in the running for two spots, which will be available if Eackles and Williams have not shown up by the time the season starts.

Harris was particularly impressive against Indiana Sunday, with 21 points.

"Both [general manager] John Nash and Coach [Wes] Unseld said they appreciated me coming to camp, but that I'm a victim of the numbers game," said Morrison, who packed and returned home to Washington last night. "I basically can't pinpoint one reason for the cut, but they obviously saw something they didn't like. In my mind it kind of came out of the blue, because I was trying to stay focused on playing."

Morrison said if an opportunity presented itself with another NBA team as early as today, he would be pursuing it.

Draper, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 16.2 points in two seasons at American, averaged 8.5 points, five rebounds and 16.5 minutes in four games with the Bullets.

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