Coach Wes Unseld and guard Ledell Eackles had a closed-door discussion after Monday's Washington Bullets practice. Judging by the sounds from behind the door, Unseld isn't too happy with the late-reporting Eackles's work. The third-year guard is on the suspended list until he's in shape to play.

Eackles has been participating in two-a-day workouts since signing his two-year, $1.4 million contract Nov. 12. The club has been patient, but Monday things spilled over.

Unseld wouldn't discuss specifics, but did say: "I would be expecting him to be a little bit further along than he is. I know Ledell. I knew the possibility of him being this way was a high percentage. Zebras don't change their stripes." Don't Look Back

Last night's game against Sacramento marked Pervis Ellison's and Byron Irvin's first meeting with their former team, but neither was particularly motivated by it.

"My motivation is getting out there and playing, against anybody," said Irvin, who is chafing at his lack of playing time here.

Ellison was happy to see the Kings' Ralph Sampson.

"He would explain things to me," Ellison said. "He didn't really talk about himself. He tried to put himself in my shoes and give me advice like that. . . . He was one of the ones who was on my side."