Wizards Insider

Healing Arenas Unsure of Return

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An MRI exam Gilbert Arenas had on his surgically repaired left knee yesterday revealed that the joint is healing, but the Washington Wizards' three-time all-star guard remains unsure of when he will play again.

Arenas had surgery to repair the left lateral meniscus in April, underwent a second surgery to repair the left medial meniscus on Nov. 21 and has not played in a game since Nov. 16.

Arenas said he planned to go through an intense workout last night and test the knee again in practice today at "full speed." He will then monitor the knee on a day-to-day basis while deciding when to return.

"I'm just going to go hard [last night, today and tomorrow] and see how it feels," he said. "If it feels the same as it does now, then I could play because it means it's not getting worse. I mean, that's my whole concern. I asked [the doctors], 'Will I get hurt again?' They said, 'No, everything is healed up.' "

However, Arenas remains concerned that a third injury to the knee could cost him on the free agent market this summer. He plans on opting out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent.

"At the end of the day [not coming back] is the smartest thing to do," Arenas said. "Let's be honest. But at the end of the day, I still love the game of basketball and that will overtake everything. A hyped game will actually get me out there. If the doctors were not here [when the Wizards hosted Cleveland last Thursday], I'd be playing right now."

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