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Arenas out

Gilbert Arenas wanted to play tonight but the medical staff would not clear him. Arenas went through shootaround this morning and was preparing himself to play all day long and was obviously angry at the decision. When I approached him, he said something that I can't repeat hear but the clean version is something along lines of "Now, they are messing with my mind."

He walked out of the locker room without speaking with reporters and will not be on the bench tonight because he said he does not a have sports coat (which is required by the NBA's dress code).

On his way out of the door, he said: "Ya'll don't have to write anymore. I'm not coming back this season."

That may have just been an emotional reaction but Arenas was clearly not pleased. Coach Eddie Jordan spoke to reporters a short while ago.

"He's been anxious to play ever since he got back on the floor practicing," Jordan said. "He's anxious to play, he's eager to play and he's close. We believe he's close, it's just not going to be tonight."

I asked Eddie what specific reason the medical staff gave for not clearing him.
"It's a combination of things. He's willing to test his whole body in an NBA game and the doctors say he's not ready and it's good for all parties to wait and once another week has gone by, we'll see where he is."

That would seemingly rule Arenas out for most if not all of the five-game trip that opens Tuesday night at Portland and concludes next Monday at Utah.

I'll get as much information as I can and update accordingly. Also, read tomorrow's paper where I'll have a story on the Arenas situation.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 23, 2008; 7:01 PM ET
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