To no one's surprise, Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard was named yesterday to participate in the Schick Rookie Game, to be played next month during All-Star weekend. most everyone's surprise, teammate Anthony Tucker also was extended an invitation.
Howard and Tucker are among 16 players selected for the rookie game, which will be played in Phoenix on Feb. 11, the day before the All-Star Game. The Bullets and the Sacramento Kings (Brian Grant and Michael Smith) are the only teams that will have two players in the game.
After holding out through camp and the first five games of the season, Howard has played consistently through the Bullets' recent struggles. He is averaging 13.4 points and 8.7 rebounds and has had to mature in a hurry after injuries forced him into the starting lineup.
Tucker was invited to Washington's rookie/free-agent camp but wasn't expected to stick into the regular season. He has been able to survive during holdouts and injuries and is averaging 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 20.3 minutes a game.
NOTES: Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons, postponed because of condensation on the floor, was rescheduled for Feb. 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. . . . Howard is sponsoring a "Coats for Kids" drive for Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Baltimore Arena. Fans who bring winter coats will receive two tickets to a game. Howard and the Greater Baltimore Ford Dealers are paying for the tickets.