Training camp is training camp. Lots of practice, lots of sweat, lots of players chasing a dream. And Dan Roundfield says it doesn't matter much where you're doing it.
Roundfield, beginning his 11th NBA season, is in his first camp with the Washington Bullets after being acquired on June 17 (draft day) from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Rick Mahorn and Mike Gibson.
"Basically, all camps are the same," Roundfield said yesterday at Murphy Field House at Fort Meade. "It's a period where the young guys are trying to learn the plays and the defense."
"I don't expect them to come together right away," Coach Gene Shue said. "After a week they'll start to pull together. It's mainly to see if players are in shape and to teach the offense and defense."
Roundfield, who was raised in Detroit, said he was glad to leave there after feeling as though he didn't fit in with the Pistons' style of play. He is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward who averaged 10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. He doesn't anticipate any problem getting in sync with the rest of the Bullets.
"It's not that difficult because you get to know what some guys do from playing against them," said Roundfield, 32. "We have plenty of time to get to know the other guys. No, you just do the best you can to fit in."
Bullets center Jeff Ruland did not participate in yesterday's sessions because of a gash on his left big toe.
"I was lifting weights after practice and when I got out of the shower, I slipped on the wet tile and rammed my toe into a locker," Ruland said yesterday. "Anytime I push off that foot it hurts. Hopefully, I can go tomorrow as soon as the pain goes away. Other than that I'm fine."