Washington Bullets first-round pick Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues was introduced at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol yesterday that might have set a record for bad jokes about being short.

Bogues was surrounded by senators, staffers and the curious during the brief midday conference, which was attended by most of the Bullets' brass, including owner Abe Pollin. Coach Kevin Loughery was not present.

Bogues said the calf and ankle injury he suffered Saturday was not serious, although he will miss the rest of the U.S. Basketball League's regular season and its playoffs. Bogues was injured playing for the Rhode Island Gulls when 6-foot-9, 255-pound Darryl Bedford fell on his leg.

"It's a little sore right now. Once the shock was over with, it wasn't that bad at all," said Bogues, who is treating the injury with ice and expects to be recovered within two weeks.

But Bogues has a lot of time to heal. Last month's moratorium on signing draft picks, agreed to by the NBA Players Association and club owners, forced the cancellation of the Bullets' rookie camp, which was scheduled to start this Monday. No draft picks can be signed between June 17 and Oct. 1, and no free agent may sign with another club.

The Princeton Summer League, in which free agents and draft choices from the Bullets, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers play, also was called off.

The cancellations don't bother Bogues. "I just got back from playing in the USBL. I'm in pretty good shape. I think I need a little break right now," he said.

Bullets assistant coach Bill Blair said lower-round draft choices are the ones who will suffer. "Your second through seventh {pick} is definitely going to hurt. You get two weeks to look at them . . . ," he said.

Although Bullets General Manager Bob Ferry said it would have been "beneficial" for Bogues to attend the camps, Blair said Bogues' skills are evident.

Other draftees said they were not concerned about the reduction in NBA training time.

Bullets second-round pick Duane Washington said the team's guard deficiency would benefit him. "From looking at the Bullets' roster . . . they need guards, period. The first two rounds, they took point guards," he said.

The lack of a contract does not bother him, because he would have to prove himself in camp before he was offered a significant deal anyway, he said.

"These are not crazy days, with me going to Washington and them giving money away," he said.

Washington, 6-2, from Middle Tennessee State, is playing summer-league ball in Little Rock, Ark., against the likes of Chicago Bulls first-round pick Scottie Pippen, and is running and lifting weights to stay in shape.

Former American University guard Frank Ross, selected in the fifth round by the 76ers, said he would let his play speak for itself, whenever the draft picks get to play.

"I feel once I go out to play, whether I play three times or seven times, my talents are going to shine," Ross said. During the interim, Ross is working out daily at AU, is playing in the Say No To Drugs summer league at H.D. Woodson and running sprints.

"I would hope that I would do the best I can once I get to the Seattle area," said former Duke guard Tommy Amaker, selected in the third round by the SuperSonics. "I don't think they picked me because they didn't know about my skills."

Andrew Brandt, Bogues' attorney, said there are "definite market" and salary ranges for first-round picks (Bogues was the 12th pick), but that Bogues will not be limited by them. Brandt said he is looking for a three- to five-year contract when negotiations begin. "But anything can happen after that," he said.

Brandt said he was confident that Bogues would not be traded before the start of the season. "At the draft, everyone and their brother was talking about a trade," he said. "{But} I really think he's here to stay. There may be some wheeling and dealing by the Bullets, but I don't think it will involve him."

Bogues already has spoken with companies to endorse products from coloring books to children's clothing, Brandt said. In addition, Brandt said he and Bogues are speaking with makers of athletic footwear about "a name shoe -- a Muggsy shoe," Brandt said.

The 5-3 Bogues was introduced by Sen. Chic Hecht (R-Nev.), at 5-5 the "shortest male Senator," he said. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is the shortest member of the Senate, at 4-11.

"I'm 5-5, and Muggsy's 5-3. So I'm too tall to be a professional basketball player," Hecht said.

"I promised to keep this short and I will," he said. "On behalf of short people everywhere, basketball fans nationwide, and Bullets fans from the Washington area -- congratulations, Muggsy. I know we are going to hear a lot more about you -- very shortly."