Arenas in uniform

In classic Gilbert Arenas fashion, the three time all star will make his return to uniform tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks but, as his teammates warm up, he's still in the locker room waiting to make a grand entrance. The decision was entirely up to Arenas, who did not participate in shootaround this morning, and it came as news to Coach Eddie Jordan and his teammates.

And, of course, it's different from what he indicated last night when he said he wasn't playing. I got the feeling that he was thinking of playing when he was walking aroud the locker room lost in his headphones with a serious look on his face before the game.

As I said: classic Gilbert.

By Ivan Carter |  April 2, 2008; 6:49 PM ET
Previous: Arenas in uniform | Next: Arenas in uniform

Comments

Please email us to report offensive comments.



woohoo!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 6:56 PM

I had a feeling...

Posted by: Gburg | April 2, 2008 6:58 PM

Glad to see Agent Zero back in a Wiz uni...go Zards!

Posted by: jansjay | April 2, 2008 7:00 PM

Hopefully he doesn't injure himself.

How is Caron doing? I haven't followed the Wizards since the Jazz game because of work.

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 7:03 PM

B.A.M.
From the future... Butler's on fire...

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 7:17 PM

okay...let's play ball now!!!

Posted by: Fenty | April 2, 2008 7:26 PM

WAAAAH!!! WAAAH!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 7:29 PM

Gilbert got a good standing ovation! I'm happy, along with the real fans, to see Gilbert.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 7:31 PM

he's a lil slow on defense, but that was never his strong suit anyway lol. Go Agent Zero!

Posted by: ROB | April 2, 2008 7:31 PM

Yes.....I hope EJ gives Gilby 40 minutes.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 7:34 PM

I'M BACK BABY!!!

Posted by: Gilbert | April 2, 2008 7:37 PM

He's looking good offensively right now which is always a good thing.

I think he will get 23 minutes at the most.

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 7:37 PM

so what are people's thoughts on Gil so far? I know it's a little early in the game, but I'm not able to watch it and the suspense is killing me! I saw he's 4-5, with 2-3 from downtown...not too bad for about 5:30 of play

Posted by: babbtong | April 2, 2008 7:42 PM

I thought Gilbert was going to be a facilitator. He's already taken 5 shots in 5 minutes.

Posted by: Lisa | April 2, 2008 7:44 PM

and he's 80% on those 5 shots.. i'll take that any day

Posted by: hmmmmm | April 2, 2008 7:51 PM

Neither team is playing any D.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 7:54 PM

Like I said, a gimpy 3 legged Gilbert provides no value to this team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 7:58 PM

Gil looking good so far! Throwing the ball, strong arm and all.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 8:02 PM

"Like I said, a gimpy 3 legged Gilbert provides no value to this team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 07:58 PM"

I agree. Who needs Gilbert? 86% shooting....big deal!

It's not like he is the leading scorer for the Wizards right now....

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 8:03 PM

Gilbert looks winded. Has he been smoking?

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 8:05 PM

Caron just said, at half time, Gilbert is pushing the ball up court. They had a lot of fast breaks.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 8:06 PM

I'm honored someone would care enough to be me, lol.

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 8:06 PM

Agent Zero looks like he could lose about 20 lbs.

Posted by: Razor Ex | April 2, 2008 8:07 PM

Come on guys, Gilbert is going to be Gilbert. He is a scorer. Jamison and Butler are awesome players...but they aren't explosive scorers like Gilbert. He scored 10 points in like a minute. Maybe 2...He gave you what some guys give you in a whole game in 2 minutes. After not playing since November. Having someone on the floor like that is going to make it easier for everyone else. They're running more too.

Defense though...I swear.

Posted by: DC Fan | April 2, 2008 8:13 PM

Everyone is shooting lights out tonight except Stevenson. If Gil brings 12 off the bench like that, the Wiz are in good hands. Except that the chances of him not starting the Boston game are slim to none...

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 8:33 PM

I would love to give Gilby all 4"

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 8:53 PM

yall bammas really need a life. why are yall so obsesed with messing with dcman88? we know that he didnt post that. i aint tryin defend slim but damnnn let him live!

anyway its good to see Gil play tonight. he loves 2 play games.

Posted by: i | April 2, 2008 8:55 PM

I just lost $7,000 when Gilbert hit those two free throws with 15.1 seconds left.

Posted by: Las Vegas | April 2, 2008 9:21 PM

Orlando, here we come.

Posted by: satch | April 2, 2008 9:26 PM

Wow....

Posted by: B.A.M. | April 2, 2008 9:28 PM

simply awful. would rather have taken a forfeit. will be tough to bounce back from this one.

Posted by: thickman | April 2, 2008 9:29 PM

If the ref calls that foul on Villanueva for pushing Jamison into the seats then the games over adn Wizards win.

Good to see Gilbert's back but if Antawn and/or DeShawn got hurt it's not that much of an immediate improvement.

Posted by: garbaggio | April 2, 2008 9:29 PM

Did I really just see that? Am I allowed to swear on here?

Posted by: Jim | April 2, 2008 9:30 PM

This is by far the worst loss of the season. Antonio Daniels, what the hell are you doing?

Posted by: Owl Wizard | April 2, 2008 9:34 PM

Tough loss, especially with DS and AJ going down at the end. The two little guys (a la Janero Pargo) killed us...

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 9:36 PM

HAHAHAHHA!

I told you so!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 9:39 PM

This is by far the worst loss of the season. Antonio Daniels, what the hell are you doing?

Posted by: Owl Wizard | April 2, 2008 09:34 PM
=====
Are you talking about the jump ball?? That was a loose ball created by Jamison's hustle and sacrifice, I don't think Daniels was to blame for that. Sessions actually played it well; sure Daniels could have hit the ball up in the air, but he didn't do anything wrong with it...

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 9:42 PM

Sad Sad night

Posted by: Kevin | April 2, 2008 9:42 PM

HAHAHAHHA!

I told you so!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 09:39 PM
=========
So you wanted the Wiz to lose? We lost to teams Charlotte and NY w/o Arenas. I don't care who's playing, just wanted the team to win...

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 9:45 PM

Are you talking about the jump ball?? That was a loose ball created by Jamison's hustle and sacrifice, I don't think Daniels was to blame for that. Sessions actually played it well; sure Daniels could have hit the ball up in the air, but he didn't do anything wrong with it...

NO! I love AD but he's the PG. From pee wee rec leagues PG are taught that they are responsible for time and situation, you have to know where you are and what the situation is. With less than 5 secs to go and a loose ball you poke it, dive for it, hustle for it, do whatever it takes to take time off the clock. That halfhearted attempt to track it down so he could get it in stride was retarded. I know one play a game doesn't make, but still AD you gotta finish better than that.

Posted by: Owl Wizard | April 2, 2008 9:49 PM

Tough night tonight. :(

Ivan, what's the word on Jamison/Stevenson?

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | April 2, 2008 9:49 PM

NO! I love AD but he's the PG. From pee wee rec leagues PG are taught that they are responsible for time and situation, you have to know where you are and what the situation is. With less than 5 secs to go and a loose ball you poke it, dive for it, hustle for it, do whatever it takes to take time off the clock. That halfhearted attempt to track it down so he could get it in stride was retarded. I know one play a game doesn't make, but still AD you gotta finish better than that.

Posted by: Owl Wizard | April 2, 2008 09:49 PM
=========
Gotcha, but you gotta admit, Sessions hustled hard for that ball. Daniels didn't expect him to be there, but like you said, he should have, especially since he's a 10+ year vet. Can't believe that got a pass & shot in 1.1 seconds!!

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 9:54 PM

Nice job, Ivan. Washington Times reported Gilbert was a game time decision. Comcast reported Gilbert was a game time decision. You went on a limb and said he was not playing. You made this assertion without a single reliable source or even quote. Before the game, it looked like you had scooped everyone. But instead it looks like some irresponsible reporting. Obviously, not your fault the Wizards lost, but this would be the appropriate time to point it out.

Posted by: Smith | April 2, 2008 10:17 PM

If Michael Lee were on the chat today, the Wizards would have won

Posted by: Wesson | April 2, 2008 10:19 PM

Injured:

Antonio
Gil
Caron
Deshawn
Antawn

Out:

Etan

Posted by: David | April 2, 2008 10:19 PM

WHEN YOU WIN A JUMP BALL WITH LESS THAN SIX SECONDS LEFT YOU SHOULD RETAIN POSSESION PERIOD AD DID NOT HUSTLE,ALL THE BLAME DOES NOT FALL ON HIS SHOULDERS BUT...... The Bucks had nothing to play for but they outplayed the Wiz in the fourth quater nice to see Gilby back worried about AJ and Deshawn injuries at the end of the game,EJ was livid during the press conference and he should be,there was no reason they should have lost this game with a playoff spot hanging in the balance.Not a good night.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 2, 2008 10:21 PM

Maybe the Wizards are headed for Detroit.. 3 way tie at 38-37. Maybe they're headed for Boston -? A team goes on a 30 game skid, blowing leads, playing shoddy defense, and the unthinkable becomes plausible.

Posted by: satch | April 2, 2008 10:39 PM

Stephenson and AJ look HURT. Can you play basketball without wrists, because half of our starting line-up appear to have serious wrist injuries. :S

Posted by: Lou | April 2, 2008 10:41 PM

whoops, make that "3-game skid"

Posted by: satch | April 2, 2008 10:41 PM

How come no one's even mentioning how attrocious Gilbert's defense was the final two minutes? He took his eye of Sessions late in the fourth who got open for a wide open jumper (walking, not running to an open spot, mind you). He then, dumbfoundedly, doubled on Bogut with 1.1 seconds left and left Sessions wide open. On the previous play on D, I was happy with AD on the floor. But once DeShawn and Twan went down, and Gil checked in, I had a bad feeling.

I'm also getting tired of his ridiculous "me first" dramatics. IT'S APRIL GILBERT. Why weren't you out on the court warming up with your teammates? Because you wanted to make your grand entrance with the spot light on you.

Ernie should just let him go. I'm so tired of the BS he brings to this franchise.

(Can you tell how I really feel? :) )

Posted by: Great-D-Gil | April 2, 2008 10:43 PM

barf...

but mango, are you suggesting they lost because of Gil?

Posted by: sodumb | April 2, 2008 10:44 PM

This game was lost defensively and on the boards. They gave the Bucks too many easy shots and even when they did get stops they gave up the rebounds. Nice to see Arenas back.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2008 10:50 PM

glad we have gil fired after one game back

Posted by: sodumb | April 2, 2008 10:53 PM

glad we have gil fired after one game back

Posted by: sodumb | April 2, 2008 10:53 PM

Yeah....especially since Gil contributed 17 points in only 20 minutes or 20. Blaming this loss on Gil is ridiculous.

Heard on Sportsnet that Deshawn has a sprained ankle....the tests were negative and he hopes to play against Miami. Antawn has a sprained shoulder....does not sound very good for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 11:13 PM

man half of you guys sound like idiots with all of them Gilbert bashing

Posted by: Dee | April 2, 2008 11:18 PM

Let me get this straight. There is one person on this board, disregarding his/her various aliases, who cheered when a key Wizards player was seriously injured, and who clearly took great joy in a bad Wizards loss right at playoff time, which may have resulted in even further team injuries. Yet you clowns are either so turned on by his/her little sexual oddities, or so impressed with your self-perceived wittiness, that you find it impossible just to ignore his/her existence and keep the conversation limited to Wizards basketball.

Side note to Ivan Carter: no matter what the Post IT staff may have told you, it's no big task to identify this jerk and keep him/her at bay; failure to do so indicates a serious lack of respect for your audience, hence for you. . . .

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 11:21 PM

SWADAGGGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It 'twas a good game for Gilby on the offensive end for his first game back. Shot looked good, with a few expected mistakes such as losing control of the ball while dribbling.

I noticed that Ayers gave him help on D against his man, as they pretty much double teamed whomever Gilby was guarding all night. Gilby, as expected, played no D and Sessions got off the game winner in his face.

To Gilby, it doesn't matter if they won or lost because all he wants to do is show that he's still got the offensive game. Gilby looked about 2 steps slow tho.

Then, Gilby has his delayed grand entrance. Go explain that EJ.

Losing to the Bucks was pretty sad. A 26-48 team. So where are the biotches screaming for COTY for EJ? So where are the excuse bamas saying they are bound to lose after a heartbreaking game against the Lakers, and then Utah?

There were no excuses for this loss tonight, AT HOME, with everyone back, and letting the bucks come back on a 0-7 run.

Bogut looked unstoppable inside, and Villanueava had the inside and outside game. Yi got hurt again early, and Redd scored 11 points. Bobby Simmons couldn't miss.

The only thing we know after tonight is that Curse of Les BouleS is alive and well. DS got hurt and limped off.....AJ jumped into the stands and got hurt....Caron reinjured his wrist.....

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 11:22 PM

"Side note to Ivan Carter: no matter what the Post IT staff may have told you, it's no big task to identify this jerk and keep him/her at bay; failure to do so indicates a serious lack of respect for your audience, hence for you. . . .

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 11:21 PM "

You're an anonymous idiot who thinks that only your opinion, or pro-Les BouleS, or pro Gilby rants matter. You must be a commie leader in China who wishes you could censor opinions on this blog.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 11:27 PM

DCboy, are you going to apologizing for making fun of the people who predicted Gilbert would be back tonight, just like he said he would?

Didn't think so.

Nobody needs to be censored on this blog. We just need an ignore button so we don't have to accidentally read your deluded rants. Plus why do you post multiple times in a row? That's bad netiquette.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 11:35 PM

Why? What's wrong with criticizing GA? It was good to see him back, but in one game you got a quick reminder of what he is all about. Great offense, clueless on defense.

I'm starting to think Milwaukee is a little bit if a dirty team. Saw a lot of pushing people out of bounds etc....

DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM, how's your COTY campaign coming along? lol

I will say that was not the worst loss of the season as someone stated in here. Not even close, but a terrible loss nonetheless! This team is out after the first round the way it is playing right now on defense. GA or not. It's playoff time, time to play like you want to go somewhere in them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rob P | April 2, 2008 11:38 PM

"DCboy, are you going to apologizing for making fun of the people who predicted Gilbert would be back tonight, just like he said he would?

Didn't think so.

Nobody needs to be censored on this blog. We just need an ignore button so we don't have to accidentally read your deluded rants. Plus why do you post multiple times in a row? That's bad netiquette.

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 11:35 PM "

Why are you such a dunce? Why don't you practice what you preach and just ignore my posts?

Didn't think so.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 11:40 PM

What makes the loss so devastating is that DS and AJ and CB all got dinged in the last minute and you just have a feeling that not all of them are gonna bounce back quickly. Potentially this was the end of our season. Who out there has confidence on the team doctors to figure out clearly how these guys are doing?

But on the positive side, we saw a little more sharing of the ball by the team with Gil so I am not concerned about the offense. We also see that the other players get easier shots when Gil is on the floor. All the defensive players tend to "lean" towards Gil when he drives the lane.

But it seems that mentally they just relaxed on defense. Again too many open shots for opposition. Randy Ayres needs to do his thing again in practice Thursday and get this turned around quickly. Barring serious injuries we shouldn't get too discouraged. An adjustment period was to be expected. The deeper bench is another positive to take from this. AD will be better because he won't have to pace himself.

If we tighten up our D and the injuries aren't too serious we an still do our thing and surprise some people in the second season.

Posted by: BmoreRev | April 2, 2008 11:58 PM

Gilby becomes a liability on the defensive end when he plays. It was evident tonight as Ayers had to give Gilby defensive support whenever his man made a move to the basket. This just disrupts the defensive flow of the team.

Milwaukee (and Les BouleS for that matter) wasn't even aware that Gil was returning, and thus couldn't prepare for and exploit Gilby's defensive limitations. Imagine what will happen when playoff time comes and teams are prepared. Cat's out of the bag now.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2008 12:13 AM

BmoreReve, I hope your optimism is well placed. I'm seriously concerned about Jamison. He seemed to be in great pain at game end.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:14 AM

We can rag on Gilbert's defensive skills all we want, and there isn't much any of us can say. But, he does play defense according to the Wizards strategy: Sag off your man and crowd the lane. Now, the two players who sag more than anyone else? Gil and Caron. Butler does it, too, folks, and it costs the team defensively. He makes up for it because he plays better on-ball defense and rebounds well.

When they were playing solid defense in the middle of the season, they weren't doing so much of that. But the past two weeks, the defense has been horrid. And let's remember that Gilbert hasn't played the last two weeks save for tonight.

Posted by: Colin | April 3, 2008 12:19 AM

I didn't know Les BouleS defensive strategy is to get beat off the dribble time and time again.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2008 12:36 AM

BmoreRev, your right on. Relaxing on D is what we do not need. We've played about 3 weeks of playoff caliber basketball all season, which I believe was just before CB's hip injury and AD's wrist. Otherwise, I don't see us right now getting past the first round GA or not. It's not an excuse but it does not surprise me that his defense is going to suffer more than his offense during his reaclimation to playing real games. Hell, NY plays better d than GA. That's funny!

I've been pointing out Jamison's slide on defense the past couple of weeks, along with Haywood's overall slide particularly anything after the first quarter of games, and our horrid 3 pt defense. All bad signs with the playoffs around the corner!

Posted by: Rob P | April 3, 2008 1:21 AM

Maybe next year we can play FOR the playoffs and not to make them bc we are just ragged out right now!

As tough as CB is, he sure does get hurt a lot too! The dude is a walking injury. He's my favorite player, but some are injury prone and he seems to be just that. Very frustrating!

Posted by: Rob P | April 3, 2008 1:24 AM

My real name is DC Fairy88.

Everyone knows why: I luv Gilby!

Sashay!

I am also known as Clewiston88, or "ClueLess."

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 3, 2008 1:40 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 

© 2007 The Washington Post Company