McDonald's may have lost one of its best customers.

Manute Bol, the 7-foot-6 center of the Washington Bullets and a frequent visitor to the restaurant with the golden arches, said he probably will be eating more at home since getting married to a woman he has known for years in his Sudanese homeland.

"My wife {Atong} can cook, so I guess I'll be having breakfast at home a lot more now," Bol said yesterday following a brief workout at Bowie State College, the Bullets' practice facility. "Before I got married, I would have breakfast at McDonald's. I think marriage will be good for me."

Bol, beginning his third year with the Bullets, took time off from his weight training program this summer to return to Sudan to get married, after paying his new wife's family a handsome dowry of cash and livestock. Now Bol is back and looks very much the successful American, attired in a warm-up suit and driving a Bronco ("I learned to drive in about three weeks.").

Bol said he is becoming more comfortable with the United States and with the NBA.

"I've started to have fun with people and I'm not uncomfortable when people look at me or say things," Bol said. "I'm very happy with my situation with the Bullets and my teammates. I feel I've improved since I came into the league and I want to play more."

In his rookie season, Bol averaged 26.1 minutes, scoring 3.7 points, getting 6.0 rebounds and blocking a league-high 4.96 shots per game. With the addition of all-star Moses Malone last year, Bol's playing time was cut back to 18.9 minutes. He averaged 3.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.68 blocks, second in the league.

"Other folks have different ideas, but I think Moses and I would be tough together at the same time," he said. "When Moses got hurt, I felt I did a good job. But when Moses came back, I didn't play as much. When you don't play as much, you lose something. I'm not complaining. I just want to play a little more."

The Bullets' front office has no complaints about Bol's contributions.

"Manute has progressed faster than we thought," said General Manager Bob Ferry. "There are few backup centers who can win games for you. Most teams use their backup center to hold the game even. Manute has shown he can be a plus factor whenever he plays."

Ferry said he had hoped Bol would come back a little bulkier when practice opens Oct. 9, so he could hold up to physical confrontations under the basket. But Bol, who said he was up to 230 pounds last season, says he is more comfortable at 215.

"I couldn't carry that much weight and keep my quickness," Bol said. "I try to go out and play hard every game. I concentrate on rebounding and blocking shots. I don't want anyone taking easy shots on me."

In practice, no one makes many easy shots on Bol.

"He might be two steps away but he can get your shot," said center/forward Charles Jones. "You're always conscious of where he is. You think you have a layup, and there he is to block it. He's worked hard and improved his game in two years. He came back with a hook no one can reach."

Bol acknowledged he has been working on a new hook shot, but has yet to give his sweeping, arcing shot a name, a la the sky hook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the junior sky hook by Magic Johnson of the world champion Los Angeles Lakers.

"No name for it; I just want to make it," Bol said.