It was hard to describe what went on off the floor at Capital Centre yesterday. Suffice it to say that the Washington Bullets made a music video, although the use of the word "music" is strictly coincidental.

The video, called "Bully Bullets" and sung to the tune of the old hit "Wooly Bully" (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, 1965), will be out in a couple of weeks, long after the Bullets return to their real work tonight and play the Charlotte Hornets in the closer of a four-game homestand.

John Williams played sax. As far as his night job, he is getting closer and closer to returning. He began abbreviated full-court work Monday (a trip or two up and down the floor, then stopping, then another trip, then stopping) and may be within two weeks of getting back into the lineup.

"He's not about to be activated," Bullets General Manager John Nash said. "He's got a ways to go. We haven't had as much practice time as we'd like because of the holidays."

Teams are not allowed to work out on Christmas and New Year's Day as part of the collective bargaining agreement with the NBA Players Association.

"Wes {Unseld} will get a chance to see him this week and then we go west," Nash said. "We'll probably go at least until the 12th and then we might make a decision, depending on how he goes in practice the next couple of days. We'll see."

As for the rest of it, the proceeds from the video's sales will go to charity -- enough said. Even owner Abe Pollin took part in the session, doing vocals with head coach Unseld and assistant coach Bill Blair.

Pollin "looks like Barney Fife," said one player who pleaded not to be identified.

The four days off since the Saturday rout of the Denver Nuggets were a welcome respite in the meat of the NBA season. And some hurts (Darrell Walker has a strained tendon in his right hand, for example) have had a chance to heal.

But time off now means paying later. Washington has played only three games since Dec. 22. Tonight's game begins a stretch of 17 games in 29 days.

"The big thing is for us to get focused and concentrate on what we have to do next," Unseld said. "There's been a lot of distractions because of the holidays."

"We played well {against Denver}," said forward Harvey Grant. "It was a good win. But I'm always looking ahead to tomorrow. I don't know what {Charlotte's} record is. The only thing I know is we have to go out and play."

While the Bullets edged into the No. 8 spot -- yes, playoff level -- in the Eastern Conference beginning the new year, the Hornets nosedived after posting their first winning month in team history in November. Charlotte was 8-7 then, but proceeded to nearly go oh-for-December, losing 11 straight before beating Orlando on Saturday.

Part of the reason was scheduling -- Charlotte's six opponents before the Magic were batting a collective .652 against the rest of the league. And part of it was injuries to key players, including forward Armon Gilliam (tendinitis in his knee at the end of November) and guard Muggsy Bogues (sprained ankle late in December).

The Hornets had averaged 109.9 points in their first 19 games but (not counting last night's loss to Phoenix) went down to 106.5 after failing to break 100 in five of eight games. And Charlotte's three-point shooting dropped off considerably.

No matter. The Hornets beat Washington early this season, Gilliam going for 39 points and 12 rebounds in a 120-105 pounding.

Washington's substitutes shot 12 of 36 in that game. Things have gotten better of late for the reserves, who have provided sparks in the last few games after struggling the first six weeks of the season.

Saturday, six of the seven reserves scored in double figures. That is not going to happen often, but when the bench has been called upon of late, it has produced. Against Seattle, Ledell Eackles, Greg Foster and A.J. English combined for 39 points.

Eackles, Mark Alarie and Pervis Ellison combined for 32 points and 15 rebounds against Philadelphia. But Unseld isn't ready to proclaim his bench improved.

"You can't make it over one or two games," Unseld said. "It's got to be over a long, sustained period that you make judgment calls on it."