Kevin Porter, cut by the Washington Bullets for the second time this season Tuesday, said his four weeks with the team were the most frustrating of his 10 years in the NBA.
"It wasn't a good feeling," he said. "I felt so restricted. It was like I had on handcuffs. I wasn't permitted to just go out and play my game. I thought I came in and helped the club as much as any guard and then they let me go . . . again. This is the fourth time they (the Bullets) have done something like this to me. I feel that they haven't been super fair."
After being cut the day before the season started, Porter was re-signed Dec. 20 after Frank Johnson chipped his right elbow.
"I signed a 20-day contract and then it was a game-to-game thing after that," Porter said.
Johnson was activated Tuesday when the Bullets played in Houston. Porter was cut to make room.
Johnson played 37 minutes and had 14 points and six assists, but the Bullets lost, 100-98. It was their sixth straight defeat, their longest losing streak in three seasons. They'll try to end it tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Capital Centre at 8:05.
In the 11 games Porter played, he averaged 19 minutes, 4.3 points and 4.3 assists and showed no adverse effects from the Achilles' tendon injury that sidelined him last season.
"I could see the writing on the wall, though," he said. "I thought I was doing well and then in Detroit last week I played five minutes and had three assists, but then didn't play anymore. So I was prepared for what happened."
"We signed Kevin with the intent of reevaluating everything when Frank was ready to come back," Bob Ferry, the team's general manager, said. "We have a lot of point guards and the rules say we can only carry 12 players, so . . .
"Every time we have to cut somebody it bothers me . . ."
Porter said that he was pleased that he proved he could still play. "I had no problems with my foot and I really felt good. I was even running extra on my own after practices to improve my conditioning. I definitely feel I can play a couple of more years.
"I don't know what I'm going to do right now, though, except wait and hope another team needs me."
Chubby Cox's 10-day contract will expire today and Ferry said it will probably be renewed. "Chubby has done a good job and Don (Collins) is still about three weeks from being able to play." In four games, Cox has averaged 5.8 points and shot 41 percent from the field while playing 13 minutes a game . . . If the playoffs were held today, the Bullets would not make them . . . Tonight's game will be the first of seven games in 10 nights for the Bullets; five of the games will be at Capital Centre.