Wizards Insider

Arenas Will Likely Return as a Starter

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 24, 2008

CLEVELAND, Jan. 23 -- Before Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan talked about the looming return of Gilbert Arenas, who has been out since undergoing left knee surgery on Nov. 21.

Arenas hopes to come back after the all-star break (Feb.14-18) as long as the knee feels ready for game action. Recently, Arenas said he would consider coming off the bench in the early stages of his comeback to avoid disrupting the chemistry the Wizards have established in his absence. The team is 19-12 without Arenas entering Wednesday's game.

"He's around, he sees what we're doing, he's mature and he knows after all is said and done with his blog and what he tells you guys, he's very realistic about where we are and where he's going to be," Jordan said. "He knows that he's going to have to work in as far as getting his legs back with some practice time and then we'll make some decisions when he's ready to play. He's going to practice a significant time before he starts to play and when he's ready to play, we'll see whether coming off the bench is good for him and us; but if I were to guess, I would say he's going to be a starter."

Jordan also said he believes that Arenas is sincere about not rushing himself back too quickly.

"He's not going to be premature," Jordan said. "He's diligent with his rehab, he's disciplined with all of his therapy and he learned from the first time around that going too hard, too fast, too quick, too much is not the right way to go."

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