On Blog, Arenas Alters Schedule for Return

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By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 19, 2008

One day after having minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris in his surgically repaired left knee, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas posted a 2,210-word blog entry yesterday in which he said he will likely return from the procedure between mid-December and early January -- several weeks later than the early December return he originally set Wednesday morning.

"I know time frames are dicey, but they said anywhere from mid December to January 1, I'll be back by then at 100 percent," Arenas posted in the entry. "I should be, if everything goes well. So that's the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza present I'm hoping for."

In the blog post, Arenas described his decision-making process in electing to have the procedure and said he had followed a more regimented schedule this summer in hopes of returning to full strength from the injury.

"I actually did everything I was supposed to after the season," Arenas said. "I sat out a whole month without doing anything. No nothing. No rehab, no jogging, no nothing. I took the time because whatever the pain was that felt like a pinch or a bruised bone, we felt that over time, with me not doing anything the pinch would go away. . . . It wasn't pain to where I couldn't play, but it was pain to the point where I couldn't get through rehab the way I wanted to and before I stepped on the floor I didn't want anything holding me back."

Arenas, who signed a six-year, $111 million contract this summer, has struggled to return to full health since originally injuring his knee in a collision with Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace on April 4, 2007.

Arenas underwent season-ending surgery the next day, and after rehabilitation returned to the starting lineup for the first eight games of last season. But continued problems with the knee forced Arenas to undergo a second surgery in November to repair a medial meniscus tear and an articular surface defect.

The all-star guard returned April 2 after missing 66 games, but ended his season after Game 4 of the Wizards' playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the entry, Arenas seemed positive about his ability to return and said he would continue rehabilitation after three days on crutches.

"It's going to show what kind of will power I do have," Arenas wrote. "I'm somebody who's gone through three knee surgeries within 17 months. As fast as my stardom came, my knee tried to take it away from me. It's going to just take that much to get back, but for somebody who loves basketball as much as I do, that's not going to be a problem."


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