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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interesting, didn't think he'd pass up the lime light of espn...

Posted by: CN | March 23, 2008 7:16 PM

man, i was looking forward to him playing tonight. oh well, keep your head up gilbert.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 7:16 PM

That sucks. I was psyched about his return too.

Posted by: G.A.C.O.L.B. | March 23, 2008 7:24 PM

Wonder what the medical staff saw since they didn't clear him. Wouldn't imagine it hurting Gilbert to play 15 mins, being that he's been practicing full speed for the last week. Great to see him ticked off at the team now, sheesh

Posted by: CN | March 23, 2008 7:27 PM

gilbert probley was angry because tonight was an espn game and he would have loved to come back with all the attention and stuff but thats ok hopefully he will be back soon

Posted by: brandon | March 23, 2008 7:30 PM

Arenas didn't pass up anything, the doctors said no. And his emotional reaction isn't anything to be worried about. Arenas will get over it and he will play again this year (hopefully).

Posted by: George Templeton | March 23, 2008 7:37 PM

Wow, the medical staff did something right! Will the sun rise tomorrow??

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 7:47 PM

The Wiz doctors are playing the cautious card. They are skating on thin ice for having to perform two surgeries on the same knee within eight months. They are trying to avoid a "strikeout" by giving it more time and reducing the risk of a third knee surgery. The doctors may be just as scared as Gil, although Gil is more upset than scared right now.

Posted by: low | March 23, 2008 7:50 PM

Understand he is anxious but there is no rush. He should need 7-10 games to get ready for the playoffs. We are a 5 seed not an 8 or 9 right now. Give it another week, Gilbert. His impatience is understandable after sitting out so long and it is hard for him to not have the long term view in mind. AJ or Caron or AD needs to give him a late night phone call after this game when the dust settles and he has had time to think about it a little.

Posted by: BmoreRev | March 23, 2008 7:58 PM

Anyone remember how wonderful the Wizards medical staff did with Jarvis Hayes? We are not blessed with the best medical staff in the NBA, so better cautious than sorry with this bunch.

PS. Side trade -- maybe we can deal Etan Thomas for Phoenix's medical team?

Posted by: alec | March 23, 2008 8:01 PM

Good one, alec.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 8:08 PM

Gilbert and the wizards are done!! This is just the thing that could result in Arenas and his Gilbertolgy going to a contender for less money...too bad..Ernie better start working the phones for a sign and trade this summer....

Posted by: forkburn | March 23, 2008 8:14 PM

I hope he doesn't come back this year. I think it would be a mistake for him to come back too soon, especially given the fact that he's going to opt out of his contract at the end of this season. I can understand why he's upset that the medical staff won't allow him to play, but he has to think about his long-term future. It's not a bad idea to wait until everyone is certain that he is physically prepared to play in an NBA game. Head up, Gilbert, you have 8 to 10 more years in the NBA. Don't jeopardize your career in an attempt to satisfy your competitive juices. Just think about how you would feel if you came back, got hurt, and then had to go through the entire surgery/rehab procedure yet again.

Posted by: melvin | March 23, 2008 8:14 PM

Come back Gil

Posted by: i heart | March 23, 2008 8:31 PM

come back gil

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Posted by: Come back gil | March 23, 2008 8:35 PM

If the doctors tell the team a player can't or shouldn't play, they simply cannot play him.

I wonder what, if any, legal problems they would have IF a team played a guy over the doctor's/team physician's advice? And he got hurt.

Posted by: SteveMG | March 23, 2008 8:56 PM

Gilbert seemed fine in the espn interview (one thing the CSN guys normally don't get -- maybe the occasional halftime interview with the "player of the half"). good sight to see him on the bench, even though he didn't have a sportcoat. he seemed in good spirits, so he just needed to cool off. i'm sure he understands that our medical staff sucks, and that they want to make sure he's truly healthy

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2008 9:03 PM

"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."

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


I agree that Les BouleS doctor's wishy washy responses/indecision towards Gilby are enough to frustrate a man. Just a few weeks ago, they said he's fully healed, but then won't clear him. Funny.

Oh well....not the worse news out of DC today...worse being the "GU HOYAS GETTING UPSET BIG TIME!!!"

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 23, 2008 9:15 PM

The best news today, of course, is that Les BouleS game is also on ESPN, so I won't have to watch the homer channel, COMCAST SPORTS NET.

Posted by: DC Man88 | March 23, 2008 9:17 PM

Gilbert really needs to grow up! Throwing temper tantrums?

Posted by: rskinz | March 23, 2008 9:25 PM

Gilbert really needs to grow up! Throwing temper tantrums?

Posted by: rskinz | March 23, 2008 9:25 PM

PAGING DR.BEN CASEY,DR.MARCUS WELBY,DR VINNY BOOM BOTZZ!!! This medical staff is terrified of their own analysis a week ago Gilbert was a week away now he is still a week away and next week? Now for the good news Wizards WIN!!!!!!,great game by AJ, BH, and CARON also heady game from Antonio Daniels directing the offense Jamison is one of the most underated players in the league I am sure EG is planning to make sure he is a Wizard for a few more years,smart defensive scheme from coach Ayres for most of the game.They need a good road trip,three and two would not be a bad road trip four and one would be awesome LETS GO WIZ.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | March 23, 2008 11:03 PM

Great win with all contributing tonight. Gil found a coat and got on TV. And ESPN made the best point, the Docs are afraid to ok and then have him get hurt and they will get sued for clearing him. It is a malpractice thing, not a medical thing. Great basketball decison.

Posted by: bridgewater | March 23, 2008 11:08 PM

This is a good thing. Wait as long as you can to bring him back. No reason to bring him back before the playoffs. There seeding is pretty good.

He has come back early before and that went wrong. Plus he's a person that loves driving(not a spot up shooter). So this is a good thing. Management is in control which is a good thing. Before gilbert was and we all know how that ended up

Posted by: smartfan | March 23, 2008 11:13 PM

You know, as much as I am an Arenas fan (reference Hurricane Katrina-fan more for his charitable endeavors than on court game which is substantial) He's getting paid a significant amount of money this year as a member of the Wizards. So once he's cleared there should be an obligation to play. I didn't know that a player had the option to decide to sit out the rest of the year even if deemed healthy. I hope that he's a Wizard for life, but thanks to the Juwan Howard debacle of years back, we all know that in the end its a business, as his Airness himself came to realize. That being said we might want to spend more time appreciating the players that are on the court now (Jamison, Butler, Daniels, Haywood). If GA comes back, great! Regardless I'll always be a fan. But if not we'll be needing a good young point guard and center in return (Via sign and trade). Just hope that there is a Plan B there. Looking forward to getting to the Finals this year. Anything less should be considered a failure around here. Someone around here has got to raise the bar for this team.

Posted by: Mike in the Springs | March 23, 2008 11:15 PM

Gil stated he will be back by next week, you all need to chill out!

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