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No Timetable on Arenas's Return

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gilbert Arenas was on the court in uniform warming up about an hour and a half before tip-off last night, but neither he nor the team has yet to establish a firm timetable for a return.

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Arenas, who continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left knee, has slowly ratcheted up his workout process but has yet to be cleared for contact work. Arenas does remain in constant communication with interim coach Ed Tapscott about tweaks to the offensive and defensive systems.

"We'll get together soon to write the script for his return, but right now, we are not at that point," Tapscott said. "I ask him to come in and take a look at some of the stuff we're doing. He has a keen basketball mind. He comes to practice, and he's into what we do."

ยท THROWBACK NIGHT: For the first time, the Wizards wore uniforms commemorating the 1962-63 Chicago Zephyrs. The franchise was founded as the Chicago Packers in 1961, became the Zephyrs the following season and then moved to Baltimore and became the Bullets before the 1963-64 season.

The Zephyrs weren't particularly memorable. They finished 25-55 and had two coaches (Jack McMahon and Bob Leonard), but the uniforms are pretty classy. They are white with blue and gold lettering and piping and feature the word "Zephyrs" across the chest.

Players generally liked the uniforms as they modeled them for the first time before the game.

"It's a good look," second-year guard Nick Young said. "I can get used to these."

Up Next Tonight at Chicago 8:30 p.m. WDCW-50, WTEM-980 Tuesday vs. Detroit 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980


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