Notebook

Gilbert Arenas Eyes Saturday Return to Wizards

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Interim coach Ed Tapscott said guard Gilbert Arenas is on pace for making his long-awaited return to game action Saturday night when the Wizards host the Detroit Pistons.

Arenas, who has yet to play this season on a left knee that has undergone three surgical procedures, practiced Tuesday and went through yesterday's morning shoot-around with no problems. He also conducted a lengthy shooting session before last night's game.

The team will have two more practices before Saturday's game, giving Arenas a little more time to sharpen up. Tapscott said the tentative plan calls for Arenas to play in the final four home games and possibly two road games: at Cleveland on April 8 and at Boston on April 15.

"The plan is still holding," Tapscott said. "It's T-minus three days or whatever but we're on schedule for Saturday night."

Arenas didn't address his status for Saturday during a pregame chat with reporters but he did discuss something else that used to be part of his identity: the blog he wrote for NBA.com.

Arenas hasn't written a blog entry since November and said he doesn't plan on doing so anytime soon though it's worth remembering that he's a guy who changes his mind quickly.

"Before it was fun and everybody had fun reading it but then, everything I said, everybody started using it as firepower instead of entertainment," Arenas said. "People started taking bits and pieces instead of just enjoying the blog so once I started seeing that, I felt it was a [double-edged sword]. So I might as well stop."

Up Next: Saturday vs. Pistons 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

Sunday at Pacers 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980


© 2009 The Washington Post Company