Moses Malone said yesterday the Washington Bullets' selection of 5-foot-3 guard Tyrone Bogues of Wake Forest was "a great choice."
Malone made a volunteer appearance yesterday at Lefty Driesell's basketball camp at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House, where he delivered a short speech and offered tips on rebounding to about 300 players between the ages of 8 and 18.
He also spoke about the Bullets' disappointing three-game sweep by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and supported the choice of Bogues, who will be the smallest player in the history of the NBA if he makes the team.
"I think it's a great pick for the team," Malone said. "I think it's great that a guy that small has so much talent. It's a good deal.
"He's quick, he's very aggressive on defense and he can cause problems that way for other teams at point guard. We've got to do more of that and not let them create problems for us."
During the playoffs, Malone did not have anything particularly positive to say about the Bullets. Following Game 2, a 128-85 loss, he said the team lacked motivation. Yesterday, he said his comments were a result of the losses and were not directed at specific players or personnel.
"I just felt like we should have won," he said. "We lost three straight to Detroit, that's all I can say. I don't think the team had the effort to come out the way we should have.
"I like to win. I don't have a losing attitude, I have a winning one. That's my thing, to win. I was not disappointed in the players or the coaches. I just like to win."
Asked what changes he would like to see made for next season, Malone would not elaborate. He said that is a matter for team owner Abe Pollin, General Manager Bob Ferry and Coach Kevin Loughery.
"I'm not going to get involved in that," he said. "I'll leave that to Mr. Pollin, Mr. Ferry and Mr. Loughery. It's their job to get the right personalities, in that we need to win."
Malone, 31, added that he is basically happy with the Bullets, despite his disappointments at the end of the season. Entering the final year of a six-year, $13 million contract he originally signed with Houston, he is believed to be seeking an extension from the Bullets. He met yesterday with his attorney, Lee Fentress, but would not discuss negotiations or how much longer he intends to play.
"I'm going to leave that to my lawyer," he said. "Right now, I've got no thoughts on how long. I'm just going from year to year."
Malone said he is in good shape. Entering the playoffs, he had some minor physical problems, including a pinched neck nerve.
"I feel great," he said. "I feel fine; no problem."