Washington Bullet owner Abe Pollin expressed disappointment and displeasure yesterday at his basketball team's failure to survive the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals and draw more fans to Capital Centre.
"We have to do something to get better," said Pollin, who added that there is a possibility the team will be in the trade market in the offseason.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't win the championship," Pollin said, "Because that's always my goal."
Pollin fired K. C. Jones a year ago, after Jones failed to deliver the championship, and hired Dick Motta.
The Bullets then had one of their best drafts ever, getting Mitch Kupchak and Larry Wright.
After the Bullets got off to a slow start, they finished second to the Houston Rockets in the Central Division.
Washington beat Cleveland in the first roudn of the playoffs. The Bullets took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series with the Rockets before losing three in a row and disappointing a lot of people, including Pollin.
"I think we have to review the whole situation carefully and explore every possibility when it comes to improving the team," Pollin said. "Whatever has to be done will be done."
Pollin added that he feels Bob Ferry "is the best general manager and best drafter in the NBA. I have confidence in him."
"I haven't sat down and gone over things secifically, yet," Pollin added, "But I will have a hand in what goes on."
The Bullets have three ways of improving their team: the draft, trades or through the acquisition of free agents. There are a number of free agents they like, such as Bob Dandridge of Milwaukee and George Johnson of Buffalo.
Washington also has two picks in the first rund of the draft, the sixth and 17th choices overall.
If it comes to trades, the decision may finally be made that either Elvin Hayes or Phil Chenier, or possibly even both, will go.
Pollin ruled nothing out.
He was as disappointed in the Bullets' playoff attendance as he was in the team's performance.
The Bullets set a team regular-season attendance record with an average of 11,402. But for the five home play, off games, they sold out once and averaged 13,999.
"OUr playoff attendance was probably the lowest in the country," Pollin siad. "It's baffling. I have no idea why."