Gilbert Arenas was in the building but did not practice today. He slipped out before reporters could catch him but Coach Eddie Jordan said Arenas was held out so he could get some extra rest on that sore knee. The Wiz played three games in four nights to open the season and Arenas averaged 41 minutes. Also, they play three more in four days starting Thursday night at New Jersey so keeping him as fresh as possible is the obvious goal.
Jordan said he "thinks" Arenas will play Thursday night but, from my experience, Eddie tends to be conservative when it comes to talking about a player's injury status. Arenas told me after the Orlando game that he would get some rest and be ready for Thursday night and that's what I see happening.
Players are clearly feeling some pressure to get out of this early funk.
Caron Butler summed it up best: "It's upstairs, downstairs, training staff, everybody," Butler said. "We've go to get this thing rolling. Ernie Grunfeld has a certain presence and energy about himself and when you see him, you know what it is. And you see Coach when he comes in, it looks like he hasn't been sleeping at all, watching film and stuff. Everybody is on their job but we are the guys who have to get it done. There is only so much the coaching staff and everyone else can do. They put us in position to do these things and we need to go out and follow the plan."
Well said. I'll check in after the afternoon practice. Also, we'll be having an Insider chat tomorrow at 2 p.m. (Don't come here for the chat. Look for the chat tab on the front of the sports page). I'll try to get to as many questions as possible. No ducking the tough ones either......
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