Arenas in Oakland For Birth of a Son

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 17, 2007

Gilbert Arenas was excused from practice yesterday so he could be in Oakland, Calif., for the birth of his second child, a boy named Alijah Amani Arenas. Arenas expected to fly back to Washington today and arrive at Verizon Center around 5 p.m. for tonight's game against the Hornets. Arenas also has a 14-month-old daughter named Izela.

"It's great," Arenas said in a telephone interview. "I even have a nickname for him: Triple A."

Forward Antawn Jamison also was excused from yesterday's practice for personal reasons. He is expected to start tonight.

Hayes on Stage

Jarvis Hayes will be a free agent this summer, but he's doing his best to concentrate on helping the Washington Wizards earn a good seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Still, with 19 games remaining and all-star Caron Butler scheduled to miss at least six games with a left knee injury, Hayes knows that he will have a prime opportunity to prove he can be a key contributor to a contending team.

"That's something I'm trying not to think about, but at the same time it is hard not to think about it," Hayes said of his impending free agency. "It's something you have to put on the back burner. But, speaking of the contract, the better the team does, the better the individual does. It's definitely team first."

Hayes, who was limited to 75 games the past two seasons because of a knee injury, is averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18.1 minutes. He is shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from three-point range. Tonight's start will be the eighth of the season for Hayes.

UP NEXT Today vs. Hornets7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTNT-570 Tuesday at Trail Blazers10 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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