Arenas cleared, now what?

In an interesting new twist to the Gilbert Arenas situation, Arenas was cleared to play on Saturday by team doctor Marc Connell. That means Arenas could have played as soon as Sunday against the Lakers. Arenas was on the recently completed five-game trip and worked out before every game. He will not play against Milwaukee tomorrow night and to this point, Arenas has not indicated when he will play.

Right now the decision is purely up to Arenas but only eight games remain. The story:

I'll have an in depth update tomorrow.

By Ivan Carter |  April 1, 2008; 11:42 PM ET
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give me a break.

Posted by: oddjob | April 1, 2008 11:54 PM


Wasn't Gil winded in Utah? You're telling me that he knew his endurance wasn't up to par this whole time, yet he still threw that little fit before the Pistons game?

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | April 2, 2008 12:09 AM

This team does not need to keep children on its roster, no matter how talented they are. Though I doubt they'd admit to it, any sense whether this saga is a distraction to the players playing hurt, trying to make a playoff run?

Posted by: thickman | April 2, 2008 12:27 AM

First of all, Im an Arenas supporter, but, honestly, Im starting to get fed up with this guys antics, he lashed out against the trainers for holding him out of the Pistons game, now they clear him and he doesn't play. If he is medically cleared to play and is sitting out, I think thats a joke. Stevenson, Jamison, Daniels, and Butler have been playing hurt with nagging injuries all season, its time for Arenas to put aside the talk, shut his mouth, get in the games, and earn his damn money.

Posted by: Jason | April 2, 2008 12:45 AM

I'll betcha Gil plays tonight. I wouldn't bet the farm. But I'd bet a burger and a beer.

Posted by: Florida | April 2, 2008 1:00 AM

"April 1, 2008; 11:42 PM ET"

hmmmm...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 1:25 AM

"April 1, 2008; 11:42 PM ET"

hmmmm...

Posted by: AO | April 2, 2008 1:25 AM

"April 1, 2008; 11:42 PM ET"

hmmmm...

Posted by: AO | April 2, 2008 1:30 AM

I don't think Arenas even knows what he wants to do. He's always trying to make a big deal out of everything and his contract is just another thing that he's making a big fuss about. He must feel like he's not popular enough that he needs to create more media attention.

Daniel - www.laballtalk.com

Posted by: LA Ball Talk | April 2, 2008 1:56 AM

Personally, I don't know whats up these doctors. I wouldn't trust them if I were Gil. How do they decide to clear him during a phone conversation, just six days after they say he's not ready...This Connell guy is a joke

Posted by: ngu | April 2, 2008 2:09 AM

I would say there is a fair chance that Gilbert might suit up for tonight's game... the guy is the biggest drama queen since Joan Crawford and Bette Davis... and I say this admiringly!

I also have the greatest respect for his teammates, who put up with all this stuff knowing that he really is a critical factor in their ultimate success.

Can't say it is not interesting... and when was the last time we could say that about this franchise?

Posted by: khrabb | April 2, 2008 3:50 AM

I would say there is a fair chance that Gilbert might suit up for tonight's game... the guy is the biggest drama queen since Joan Crawford and Bette Davis... and I say this admiringly!

I also have the greatest respect for his teammates, who put up with all this stuff knowing that he really is a critical factor in their ultimate success.

Can't say it is not interesting... and when was the last time we could say that about this franchise?

Posted by: khrabb | April 2, 2008 3:50 AM

I would say there is a fair chance that Gilbert might suit up for tonight's game... the guy is the biggest drama queen since Joan Crawford and Bette Davis... and I say this admiringly!

I also have the greatest respect for his teammates, who put up with all this stuff knowing that he really is a critical factor in their ultimate success.

Can't say it is not interesting... and when was the last time we could say that about this franchise?

Posted by: khrabb | April 2, 2008 3:50 AM

As the song goes"the party's over" enough is enough. It's time to get him to a shrink OR trade a.sa.p. BEFORE he is a free agent.I'm sure that will be hard to do--there are teams out there that will take damaged goods and head cases.

Posted by: vergens2 | April 2, 2008 4:16 AM

If he shuts it down now, all his millions of fans will be majorly ticked off, why would he risk losing all the goodwill he spent the past 5 years trying to generate with his blog etc. I don't see how he can't come back.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | April 2, 2008 4:52 AM

I am surprised that the above posters are being critical of Arenas on this one. The team doctor cleared him OVER THE PHONE!!! I'm reminded of when Senator Bill Frist rendered a diagnosis by viewing videotape of Terri Schiavo.

Even if Connell's clearance was correct, as the patient, wouldn't you be just a little bit hesitant? A week or so ago the doctor examines you and tells you you're not ready, but then he clears you over the phone? When in doubt, be cautious.

I feel bad for the Wizards players. They are putting their livelihoods in the hands of the Wizards' doctors, so they want and need these guys to be stellar and to be a rock on which they can fully depend. Instead, what they see is mistake and mistake and mistake.

Ivan, do any players have their own personal doctors, or at least doctors to whom they go for second opinions?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 7:11 AM

As the song goes"the party's over" enough is enough. It's time to get him to a shrink OR trade a.sa.p. BEFORE he is a free agent.I'm sure that will be hard to do--there are teams out there that will take damaged goods and head cases.

Posted by: vergens2 | April 2, 2008 04:16 AM


There's something called the trade deadline, and you don't have all the facts yet, so why don't you wait to hold judgement.

Posted by: Adam | April 2, 2008 8:28 AM

I would hope that one of the team captains, Caron or Antwan are talking with Gil and that he would follow their example..focused basketball professionals..we have a great core group of vets and young talent..and if we could get past Gils antics and get everyone healthy we could make deep playoff run...just a thought..trade Gil for Larry Hughes and Kurt Hinrich...

Posted by: forkburn | April 2, 2008 8:29 AM

First of all, Im an Arenas supporter, but, honestly, Im starting to get fed up with this guys antics, he lashed out against the trainers for holding him out of the Pistons game, now they clear him and he doesn't play. If he is medically cleared to play and is sitting out, I think thats a joke. Stevenson, Jamison, Daniels, and Butler have been playing hurt with nagging injuries all season, its time for Arenas to put aside the talk, shut his mouth, get in the games, and earn his damn money.

Posted by: Jason | April 2, 2008 12:45 AM

I am like you Jason. I have grown tired of all the Gilbert drama. I am still one of his biggest supporters as a player on the court, but he needs to slow his roll on all of this off court drama nonsense. Is my boy a member of the Screen Actors Guild or what?

As some of you have said, I think he is just messing around with the media folk to create more drama and then he is going to make his debut tonight. That is why Ivan could not get a comment from him or EG.

I guess old Gilbert is giving DCMan88 some good ammo to get blasted with on this latest drama production. Gil love your game and your talent bro, but it is time to get your emotions in check and man up and do what you have to do to get back on the court.

Everyone would not be "on him as hard" if he did not have this contract thing looming at the end of the year. Gil needs to be quiet about the whole contract thing and his feelings with the doctors and all of that stuff and just find a way to get back on the court. Stop the DRAMA!!! Plain and simple....

Now is it me or does everyone else notice the 2nd oldest cat (AJ) on the team seems to be the most durable???????? I think CB (no disrespect) needs to hang with AJ this offseason to see what he is doing and follow suit.

I have never seen someone get as many "fluke injuries" as CB does, other than Kelvin Bryant back in the day with the Redskins. This dude was the king of the "shake and bake and limp leg move" for running backs, but he never reached his full potential because he was always missing games with "fluke injuries". I hope this will not be the case with CB.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | April 2, 2008 8:32 AM

I agree with last anon poster. The same doctor that called him in his office and told him that he felt he should wait at least another week to play when he wanted to play. Now, without a further checkup in person, this same doctor tells him over the phone that he can now play?!!? I mean come on, he hadn't even checked him out but yet he tells him it's okay to play. I wouldn't play either, not without a physical and MRI and whatever else is necessary to make sure I am okay. Especially since you checked me out last time and told me to wait a week. But yet, everyone wants to blast Gil. I am with Gil, what the hell gives with this doctor? I would be incredulous and skeptical too. When I first heard the story, I too was like come on Gil. But upon reading the story further, I am with Gil. What is up with the team doctors?? As I said before, before you blast my man, put yourself in his shoes.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 8:33 AM

And Bullets Fever, I agree with you. Isn't it odd that AJ (who everyone gives a hard time) has been the iron man for the Wiz this season. He has literally carried this team on his shoulders because he is the only vet on the team that has not missed significant time this season. So when his shot hasn't been falling like it should, I am not mad at him. I know dude has to be tired. And EJ plays him to death it seems. But, he is hanging in there.

I too am wondering about Caron, is he injury prone like Hughes was when he played here? Has he even played a full season in his career without injuries and missing significant time? Don't get me wrong, I think Caron is a great player. That is when he is on the court.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 8:39 AM

LMAO!!!

Gilby is such a drama queen, media desperate idiot, and he freely admits it. And, I'm glad that people are FINALLY realizing what I've been saying for the longest time.

Sure, he's a very good scorer, but not worth the headaches, the baggage, and the stupid "me first" antics.

As Gilby said "Drama sells" and most people on this website have been buying. It's funny how Gilby has managed to keep his name in the media well and above what's going on with the team, despite having been gone for 60+ games.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 8:40 AM

Gilbertology strikes again! Do not try to master this subject, just roll with it!

Posted by: low | April 2, 2008 8:49 AM

This past summer, Jamison did a lot of yoga for the first time. Perhaps that has been a key to his success. Many professional athletes swear by it (KG and John McEnroe come to mind, but I'm sure there are more).

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 9:04 AM

Hell, if I was Gil, I wouldn't play tonight. We proabbly have the worst medical staff in the league.

They suck balls Gil, sit it if you aren't ready.

Posted by: Soup's Uncle | April 2, 2008 9:04 AM

I don't understand all this negativity towards Gil. I mean the dude had 2 knee surgeries and has been mis-informed and mis-led by the doctors over and over again. He doesn't trust the Doctors. What you expect the dude to do?

People keep complaining that Gil is a DIVA. I mean come on. He is a legit superstar. It's not like he's out smoking weed, or partying all night, or getting arrested. If his biggest complaint is he's a DIVA, I would take that all day. He put the Wizards on the map. He makes the Wizards matter nationally.

And it's absurd people are questioning his heart all of a sudden talking about he needs to get out on the court. Comparing him to Anotonia and Caron playing hurt is totally unfair. They did not have two surgeries. And all his teammates even acknowledge that Gil is the hardest worker on the team. Do you not remember that the reason he needed a 2nd surgery is because he worked his butt off in the summer to get back and rehab.

Posted by: Bangladesh | April 2, 2008 9:21 AM

Ivan, PLEASE look into this because it makes no sense at all for Connell to say wait a week after an MRI and then, before the week is up, to clear him over the phone. And it also makes no sense that Gil was so anxious to play against Detroit but, now that he has been cleared, did not play against the Lakers, Jazz and now, the Bucks. Help us understand this! This goes beyond simple Gilbertology!

Posted by: Rockville | April 2, 2008 9:23 AM

There appear to be lots of armchair doctors here. Folks, we don't know what the situation is. Yes, the doctor cleared Arenas. He was ready to play last week; maybe he had a setback when he was going full-out in practice. Who knows why? All this is pure speculation.

It was my understanding that the doctor felt like Gil's knee was healthy, but the strain of the long road trip would have been too risky. That may be why he cleared him to play for the last couple of games of the trip -- it wouldn't have been nearly as grueling for the knee.

Now, is it possible Gil's doing something strange for purposes only he understands? Of course -- but right now none of us has any evidence on which to form an opinion. I want him back as badly as anyone, but until I have the facts, I'm not ready to jump to conclusions.

Posted by: Keithinator | April 2, 2008 9:25 AM

Skeptical of the 4/1 story, but if it is true--

If I were Gil, I wouldn't take being cleared over the telephone either. I'd get my butt home to DC and find myself an independent doctor to assess whether or not I should play. At this point, I'm not sure I'd want Marc Connell treating me for a stubbed toe. I, too, expect we'll see Gil tonight. He's probably just trying to create some buzz.

Jamison, Daniels, and Stephenson have show amazing durability this season. It seems to me that Caron would have missed less time with his hip had it been correctly diagnosed and treated from the start. These guys are carrying heavy minutes. Oftne times they're not just logging a lot of minutes, they're logging tons of physically and emotionally exhausting minutes.

Posted by: Lou | April 2, 2008 9:28 AM

How did the doctors clear him without examining him?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 9:28 AM

I don't usually doubt Ivan's reporting, but this sounds too bizarre to be true. How is it that Dr. Connell could determine that Gil is fit to play without actually examining him? He sounds like the doctor who did workers comp cases at one of my former employers.

Posted by: John Brisker | April 2, 2008 9:46 AM

Ivan likes to hank his blogger's chains with half-baked blog entries, particularly regarding Gil and EJ.

Maybe the doctor and scout are the same person.

However, taken for what it's worth, it does produce some entertainment value given the responses that he gets.

Posted by: Izman | April 2, 2008 9:48 AM

That said, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in uniform tonight.

Posted by: John Brisker | April 2, 2008 9:51 AM

Personally, I don't know whats up these doctors. I wouldn't trust them if I were Gil. How do they decide to clear him during a phone conversation, just six days after they say he's not ready...This Connell guy is a joke

Posted by: ngu
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Why? The doctor couldn't look at him and figured he was about 6 days away, and then confirmed it with a phone conversation?

Posted by: Sagaliba | April 2, 2008 9:55 AM

April Fools

Posted by: Myshkin | April 2, 2008 10:04 AM

Even though the medical staff seems to be completely clueless as to what their doing. Gil needs to either play or shut up. This is crunch time,eight games left,playoff seeding in question, not to mention we have no point guard is AD is out, and who knows if CB will stay healthy.I know Gil wasn't use to not getting all the attention from what he did on the court this year,so he had to generate his own. Which is fine by me. As long as he doesn't forget this his JOB, basketball,not seeing how m many news stories he can get by his outrageous behavior. Its to the point now where he needs to focus on basketball, and only basketball or stop distracting his teammates.

Posted by: blackpope | April 2, 2008 10:07 AM

Im tired of Arenas...Trade him as enough is enough...the one chance he had to prove his worth he choked by getting Siked out by Lebron...He pretty much falls into the same group of shoot first point guards that are talented but will never win...Francis, Starbury, Baron, Arenas...

Posted by: TerpJ | April 2, 2008 10:12 AM

I just read on the wizards website that his a "game-time decision" so maybe he'll play. Sounds like its up to EJ rather than just Gil

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 10:17 AM

Who cares if he was cleared Saturday? Arenas said all along that he'd make his comeback at home. I don't see how wanting to make his debut at home makes him a diva. Stop the whining.

If he doesn't play tonight, that's cause for concern.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 10:23 AM

Anybody who has an issue with the Doc should give him a call.

http://www.dcsportsmedicine.com/who/mc.asp

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 10:23 AM

"Who cares if he was cleared Saturday? Arenas said all along that he'd make his comeback at home. I don't see how wanting to make his debut at home makes him a diva. Stop the whining.

If he doesn't play tonight, that's cause for concern.

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 10:23 AM "

Lisa, get real.

Gilby said he wanted to play on this past west coast stretch because most of the opposing guards were not aggressive shoot first guards, so he felt he could have an "advantage" over them.

Lisa, stop your stupid apologizing.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 10:25 AM

You've got issues dcboy, I'm not Lisa.

Plus I don't see an apology in anything I wrote.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 10:47 AM

DC Man's got serious, serious issues with women. Which explains why he is posting on this blog about 7 hours per day.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 10:50 AM

What person in their right mind would suit up for a game by a doctor who had told him he couldn't play "for at least a week" and then cleared him by a phone call. I'd get an independent knee specialist to examine me and make sure that being "cleared" to play was really in my best interests. GA's the hardest worker on the team and would be playing if the doctor had cleared him for Detroit. Don't be surprised if he sees a doctor in person today and then suits up tonight if his knee is truly ok.

The Wizards need to fire their entire medical staff and start over as evidenced by all of the misdiagnosis involving GA, CB3, Pecherov, and countless others in prior years. They are the WORST medical staff and I wouldn't see them for a hangnail.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 2, 2008 11:01 AM

April Fools jokes traditionally end at noon time on April 1. At noon, folks fess up.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 11:08 AM

I've been Arenas' biggest fan, but I'm done with his antics. Until he suits up and actually earns this year's $10 million salary, he needs to shut up about the offseason and his personnel demands. He has no credibility left. He needs to play.

Posted by: Dellis | April 2, 2008 11:16 AM

Arenas needs to get some games in before the playoffs start. I don't want his first game action to be Game 1 of the first round.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 2, 2008 11:16 AM

"You've got issues dcboy, I'm not Lisa.

Plus I don't see an apology in anything I wrote.

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 10:47 AM "

I'll call you Lisa, b/c you post without a name. You act like a Lisa.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 11:33 AM

"Arenas needs to get some games in before the playoffs start. I don't want his first game action to be Game 1 of the first round.

Posted by: George Templeton | April 2, 2008 11:16 AM "

Gilby says he needs 20 games to get into a "rhythm." There are 8 games left in the regular season, and Les BouleS could be swept again in 4 games in the playoffs. Not enough time.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 11:35 AM

It's amazing people don't go blind, what with all the squinting to read between the lines.

We have no idea what, if anything, the doctor saw the last time he examined Arenas. It's entirely possible that he could have been cleared then but the doctor decided to hold off a few days as an extra precaution. In which case a further examination may not have been necessary. Bottom line is, we don't know what the doctor did or didn't do, see, or say, and all this teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing is for naught.

Arenas has been cleared to play. The ball is in his court.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2008 11:41 AM

Despite this article by Ivan, rest assured that most people are not agreeing with you, 88. Folks may be tired of GA's comments but I think you stand alone as the only one here who is interested in his private life and who holds a personal vendetta.
I think folks here would probably be better off not listening to what he says but just watching what he does. I compare him to Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens. They talk a lot of crap and toy with the media to increase their visibility and marketing opportunities. When it comes time to play, all of them are big time players and they produce despite what we all think of them personally. Let's just wait and see when GA plays. Like he said, he was MENTALLY ready to go last week. When he was told he had to wait, it threw him off. Coming back from back to back surgeries is primarily mental at this point, not physical. Let him get his head right and when he plays, he plays. If we listen to and believe everything he said, we would all eventually be 88's. I'm not a GA apologist. I just know when to stop listening to stuff from athletes that doesn't matter in the W-L column.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 11:47 AM

If I were Gilbert, once again, I wouldn't trust a doctor who didn't take another MRI/evaluation, but a phone call clearance. If I remember correctly, this is the same blog that directed an entire blog on the mishaps of the Wizards medical staff. We felt this team needed an entire new medical staff overhaul and we were perplexed how Caron's condition was misdiagnosed, and why Opec was always a week or 2 away, when in fact, he didn't play for another 2mos. Gilbert go with your body, you have had 2 surgeries, not just aches and pains, but major surgery. It's not like this team is going to the finals anyway.

Posted by: washingtonian | April 2, 2008 11:50 AM

For the record. I'm sick of both Chad and Terrell. When I see them talking on tv, I turn the channel. I WILL watch them on game day on the field, however.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 11:53 AM

"Despite this article by Ivan, rest assured that most people are not agreeing with you, 88. Folks may be tired of GA's comments but I think you stand alone as the only one here who is interested in his private life and who holds a personal vendetta.
I think folks here would probably be better off not listening to what he says but just watching what he does. I compare him to Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens. They talk a lot of crap and toy with the media to increase their visibility and marketing opportunities. When it comes time to play, all of them are big time players and they produce despite what we all think of them personally. Let's just wait and see when GA plays. Like he said, he was MENTALLY ready to go last week. When he was told he had to wait, it threw him off. Coming back from back to back surgeries is primarily mental at this point, not physical. Let him get his head right and when he plays, he plays. If we listen to and believe everything he said, we would all eventually be 88's. I'm not a GA apologist. I just know when to stop listening to stuff from athletes that doesn't matter in the W-L column.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 11:47 AM "

mark, you're pointing the finger at the wrong person. It is Gilby who opens his drama/personal life up to everyone via his blog and reporter coverage.

Also, don't blame the people who read the articles in the Post. Blame the reporters who give Gilby the diva treatment that he requests by reporting every syllable that comes out of Gilby's mouth.

And, Gilby is becoming a distraction as EJ has been hounded by Gilby questions and remarked that he doesn't want to go there because it's too distracting. He's focusing on getting this team ready.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 12:08 PM

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