Wes Unseld's No 41 will become the first jersey in the history of the Washington Bullets to be retired, highlighting ceremonies before the Bullets' 1981-82 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 3, against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Under a revised format, the National Basketball Association will begin and end play three weeks later than in the past in order to avoid conflict with baseball's World Series in mid-October. The Bullets will open the season on Friday, Oct. 30, in Boston against the NBA's defending-champion Celtics. The regular season will end with a home game against Atlanta April 18.

Unseld, who was named a vice president of Capital Centre upon his retirement at the end of last season, finished his 13-year career as the Bullets' all-time leader in games and minutes played (984 and 35,832), assists (3,822) and rebounds (13,769).

For the second straight year, the league will be playing an unbalanced schedule. Each Eastern Conference team will visit Capital Centre three times, except for Milwaukee, which will come in twice. The Bullets will travel to each Eastern Conference city three times, except for Detroit, where they are scheduled twice. Washington will play each Western Conference team twice, once at home and once on the road.