Wizards Notebook

Injured Arenas Is Pedaling Ahead

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 8, 2007

Injured guard Gilbert Arenas attended his second straight home game and put in some time on an exercise bike in the locker room before the game.

It was the first time Arenas had been cleared for such rehabilitation work and he said doctors have told him that he's "ahead of schedule."

Arenas has not played since re-injuring his left knee (partial tear of the left meniscus) during a win at Minnesota on Nov. 16. He underwent surgery on Nov. 21 and a three-month timetable was established from the date of surgery for his possible return to basketball-related activities.

Arenas received some encouragement when Suns center Amare Stoudemire walked into the Wizards' locker room on his way to the training room for a pregame ice-down and saw Arenas on the exercise bike.

"What's up Gilbert?" Stoudemire said before exchanging handshakes and hugs. "How's the knee man?"

"Good," Arenas said. "I'll be back."

Stoudemire had a different type of injury than Arenas, but it is comforting that Stoudemire recovered from microfracture knee surgery after an injury forced him to miss all but three games during the 2005-2006 season. He entered last night's game averaging a team-high 21.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 29.3 minutes.

Set for Nets

The Wizards will practice today and host the New Jersey Nets tomorrow night at Verizon Center. The Nets beat the Wizards, 87-85, in New Jersey on Nov. 8.

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