Nothing, it appears, is going to prevent Coach Gene Shue from holding daily practice sessions for his young, struggling Bullets.
After their flight from New York was canceled because of fog yesterday morning after Monday night's 94-89 loss to Atlanta, the Bullets had to take a bus back to their training camp at Fort Meade. Although they didn't arrive until 4 p.m., Shue called a 5 o'clock practice.
"We need all the work we can get," the coach said earlier when asked about his practice schedule leading up to Friday night's opener in Boston. "We've got some new players and they have to learn the system."
John Lucas, one of the late acquisitions, will be in the starting lineup against the Celtics and the latest newcomer, Spencer Haywood, might join him.
"It's possible that Spencer could be there," Shue said. "A lot depends on practice this week."
Greg Ballard was the team's top scorer during a 3-3 exhibition season with a 13.0 average while playing about 30 minutes a game. He has started every game at power forward, but now he's not certain where he'll play.
If Haywood becomes the starter at power forward, Ballard, a 6-foot-7, five-year veteran, will be shifted back to his more familiar small forward spot.
Reserve Don Collins has scored 12 points in each of the last two games and probably will play a lot at small forward. Charlie Davis, the second-round draft pick from Vanderbilt, started there against the Hawks, but was scoreless and had only three rebounds.