AUBURN HILLS, MICH., JULY 22 -- Pervis Ellison stretched his wiry frame on The Palace floor and joked with Tony Harris and Lanard Copeland, a couple of guards trying to make an impression on the Washington Bullets' brass. He looked happy, as if he had left those tough days in Sacramento last season behind.
Last year's No. 1 pick in the NBA draft is playing for a familiar coach, and the Bullets are hoping his new surroundings, via a trade with the Kings, provide the environment for productivity.
He and Coach Wes Unseld are from the same collegiate roots. "I remember one practice my freshman year," said Ellison, who, like Unseld, played center at Louisville. "He came to watch, and afterward he had some things to say to us. When he talked, it seemed everybody listened because he has such an intimidating presence. I've known him for a long time. You should see his brother, George. He's a big guy too."
Unseld's game was muscle and bulk. Ellison's will be finesse and quickness.
Today ended the four-day summer league here for Ellison and his teammates. The Bullets ended the weekend 2-2 after a 121-99 loss to Indiana (1-3).
While many of the players around him here won't be invited to the team's regular camp in October, Ellison will be there.
So will guard A.J. English, one of the team's second-round draft choices. General Manager John Nash indicated Israel's Doron Jamchy will receive an invitation to attend the regular camp. "That is if we can work out a deal," Unseld said. Harris and possibly Albert King also may get a second look.
"The evaluation process has started, but the decisions haven't been made yet," Unseld said. "A lot of these guys, I would dare say just about all of them, are going on to other camps. We will let them know that we have a definite interest in them or we don't, so that's the way we do things."