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Shootaround update

Rember, chat today at 2 p.m.

Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels went through shootaround this morning. Daniels (left wrist) is going to play and while Butler (left hamstring) is offiicially called a game time decision, he sounded like a guy who is going to play. Gilbert Arenas did not come to shootaround, will not play tonight and as of right now, there is no indication of when he will return. As I reported in today's paper, Arenas was cleared on Saturday in Los Angeles and it is now up to him.

According to a source I spoke with, Arenas is going back and forth with himself about the entire thing (no shocking news there) and because only eight games remain, he is debating whether to return at all. My gut still tells me that he will - it's going to be hard to sit out of the nationally televised game against the Celtics at the VC next Wednesday - but reading Gilbert on a given day is like trying to read the wind.

Question to Coach Eddie Jordan: "When do youn expect to see Gilbert Arenas back on the court?"
Eddie: "When he's ready to play. And that' show we look at it."

Has he given you any indication of when that might be?
Eddie: "No."

Give that only eight games remain and he has missed so much time, will be it be a challenge for him to come back now?
Eddie: "That's a bridge we'll cross when we come to it but it's going to be very difficult."

Caron Butler: "I feel much better now and if I play tonight, I feel that I won't have any bad feeling afterward. I feel mentally ready and my body feels good."
On whether he is excited at the idea of Gilbert coming back: "Yeah, when he comes back."

Were you surprised to not see him out there at shootaround today?
"I'd be surprised to see him any time on the court. Gilbert loves shock value so he's expected to play any time. I expect to see him early next week (he said "probably Philadelphia" here but I think he meant "probably Boston" since the Boston game is on Wednesday and the Philly game is on Saturday). You know, he's still got to get in shape. He hasn't played since November so he still has to get his legs under him."

By Ivan Carter  |  April 2, 2008; 11:40 AM ET
 
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I've said all along that, regardless of what happens with Arenas or in the playoffs, Grunfeld needs to take a hard look at the possibility for the need to make changes before committing the team's future to this core that's been plagued by injuries and bad luck. The longer this medical drama goes on, the more it seems likely that Arenas may ultimately take that decision out of his hands.

Posted by: kalorama | April 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

As the cliche goes, "Don't ask for it, b/c you just might get it."

Now that Gilby's got his wish with a blessing from his doctor, Gilby's MIA from reporters. Must be having stage fright.

Or, maybe that tree, ledge, and potomac river are looking better and better while he drives up GW Parkway.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

As a long time fan, it's sad to see so many of the guys go out and bust their tails playing hurt all with the thought in their mind of maintaining the team until arenas came back and then see him get cold feet. i understand what so many have said about him being cautious, but after all, isn't his fame due in part to playing with this team and folks like AJ and CB & AD and doesn't he feel like he owes it to them?
if you ask me, it makes sense for him to play tonight and against Miami since one would think we should be able to beat these teams without his maximum effort, (although Milwaukee seems like one of those teams that alwasy gives us a hard time). then see how he feels in chicago and if everything is going well then come out against the celtics and play at closer to his maximum.

Posted by: bebek | April 2, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Here is the thing that annoys me about this situation:

Gil threw a big fit because he was not cleared to play against the Pistons. He has since been cleared to play and has made no indication of when he might return. That attitude in and of itself is a cause for concern but it is especially worrisome when you know Gil. This is a guy who refused to shoot for a half because the coach said he needed to pass more. Gil is obviously a very stubborn person and it's unfortunate that he allows grudges to negatively effect the team.

Posted by: Berg | April 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert is nothing but excuses. I pray he opts out so we can sign and trade him. I dont want to see him in a wizards jersey ever again. All you people who say he owes it to the team and all this don't you realize that Gilbert Arenas only cares about #0. He is all about self promotion and himself. You know it was killing him all year that we played just as well without him. He wanted everyone to say they cant win without gilbert. I want gilbert gone and I hope all the other people that have taken this stance stand up and Grunfeld makes the correct decision for the future of this team which is to get rid of the black hole Gilbert Arenas

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

In regard to your comments, 88....
I can't blame the media for putting 'sensationalist' comments in the paper. Their job is to sell papers and that stuff sells. Though we all get sick of hearing and seeing the stuff, here we are talking about it. Advantage, Post. I don't even blame folks for being tired of the drama. It gets old. I just don't see the point of bashing GA for everything he says and bringing up his personal life. How much publicity does Michael Redd get and how many commercials have you seen him in? Compare that to GA. The fact is that being outrageous in behavior or talk garners attention. Attention (as long as it's not negative)is what big corporations pay millions for. You can't blame a guy for trying to expose himself to a bigger media market.
Now,there is such a thing as going too far (Dennis Rodman) but GA hasn't crossed that line yet. When you see Gilbert wearing a boa with fake eyelashes, let me know. I'll line up behind you and start the bashing myself. Until then (unless he breaks the law), can we focus on what he does in between the lines?

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

You know what? I am one of Gil's fans but enought is enough! I wonder how the team deals with all of the news worthy drama he creates for himself. I tell you, if I were coach or GM and he didn't play tonight or at any of the locally televised games, he most definitely would NOT be playing against Boston or any other team that is nationally broadcasted. It just wouldn't happen. At this point, just tell him to forget about this season and we will deal with him after it is over and put a gag order on him so he does not distract the team in their race towards the playoffs.

Gilbert, if you reading these posts, you are pissing off your fans. It is time to grow up, man up, put up or shut the **%%##! up!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame Gil for freaking out about this. He's had two surgeries, he's in a contract year, and just when he thinks he's ready to play the doctor tells him he needs another week. If he's lost faith in the doctors he might well want to take two just to be sure. It's his knee and his professional future at stake. It's easy for all the arm-chair doctors and patients around here to carp from the peanut gallery without knowing squat about what's happening with the doctor-patient relationship that's got $100m or so riding on it.

Posted by: Prazak | April 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Another week" isn't going to do anything at this point.

Gil: just do it.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | April 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Lay off Gil. Its his body, only he knows if he is mentally ready to risk blowing a 100mil contract by playing again.

The doc cleared him on Saturday cuz he knows he wasn't going to win a public battle with Gil; he washed his hands of it. The doc also knows that Gil was prolly ready to go last week but has to cover his a$$ since he wrongly predicted Gil could play back in November. Gil knows this current medical staff is a little suspect given the Pesh and Caron lingering injuries and has to take his time.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line: all you yahoos would be taking your ginger a$$ time too, if you had that much money riding on your health with a suspect doctor and a inner drive that got you in trouble in the first place.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

mark, I agree with most of what you say, but my primary reason for posting Gilby information is to wake up the Gilby lovers/apologists on this blog, who think he can do no wrong. I'm outnumbered 10:1.

Gilby is a very good scorer, but not as good as he makes himself out to be. This team is doing well without him, and I think if the core of this team (AJ & Caron & BTH) remains intact, if EG can sign and trade Gilby, trade away some unproductive/moderately productive players (OPech, DSong, etc.), and let the young guys develop (NY & AB), and build through the draft, Les BouleS should be fine.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Bottom line: all you yahoos would be taking your ginger a$$ time too, if you had that much money riding on your health with a suspect doctor and a inner drive that got you in trouble in the first place.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 01:15 PM "

Nobody is putting a gun to Gilby's head to make him opt out.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Gilby said one important thing. And that his comeback is to showcase his skills for any teams bidding for his services. It's not to help the team, so the 20 minutes where he thinks he'll be a creator, he in actuality will be trying to create 20 shots in 20 minutes. Funny how he never considered the fact that in 20 minutes, he's supposed to guard his own man also.

Now that Gilby has been cleared by the doctor to play, every game that he's not playing in, he should relinquish his game check, because otherwise, he's stealing from the team and the fans.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert, your team needs you in uniform on the bench NOW!

You can let Coach know when you feel you are ready to play, but it is time to reintegrate yourself with a bunch of people who have been playing hard and in several cases playing hurt on the assumption that you will be back before the playoffs.

Posted by: khrabb | April 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Check today's sports section. Steinberg reports that Captain Chaos is going to start a blog and Steinberg thinks he'll have the best athlete blog in DC.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It's an April Fools Joke. Gotcha!

Posted by: se7en | April 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I too am frustrated. Not with Gilbert, but with the injury situation starting from last year and extending thru this year. Gilbert should come back! Gilbert should not come back! Humm? We say he should come back with 8 games left. What will we get? A rusty Gilbert who is far behing the rest of the league in conditioning, timing, and tempo? That is part of what is bothering him. Can Gilbert win one way or the other? No. He comes back and is not Agent 0 and people like DC Man88 will proclaim that he is worthless. Or he opts out of his contract, resigns and starts fresh next year. That is his dilema. He himself has said that he needs about 20 games to catch up with the league. Well there is only 8 games left and whatever playoff games the wiz play. More than likely, he will not catch up this year. At this point, I would not play. He probably doesn't have 100% confidence in the knee yet anyway. That means see you next year folks.

Posted by: G-Man | April 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I bet if the game was nationally televised tonight, he would be playing.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What value would a gimpy legged, 3 steps slow, goofball like Gilby can provide to the current team? Not much, except for selling a few more dogs and beers at games.

If Abe was smart, he'd make Gilby play and use him like he used MJ. Jack up interest in his team, sell more tickets to Gilby lovers, make a quick buck, and then sign and trade him to Siberia.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Now,there is such a thing as going too far (Dennis Rodman) but GA hasn't crossed that line yet. When you see Gilbert wearing a boa with fake eyelashes, let me know. I'll line up behind you and start the bashing myself. Until then (unless he breaks the law), can we focus on what he does in between the lines?
Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 12:58 PM

Ahhh, if the Wiz had a player that played like Rodman I suspect the Wiz (and Wiz fans)would be celebrating not bashing. It is largely about what you bring to the court at game time, all of this other stuff is boring tabloid fodder.
I will say that Arenas has been through the medical wringer the last year and his cautious emergence after set backs and the ambiguous medical advice recently is understandable; he may also be a bit flaky but in the entire spectrum of flakiness he's a piker.

Posted by: myshkin | April 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So he gets all upset when the doctor won't clear him to play against Detroit, throws a fit and threatens to leave the arena. Now he's cleared to play but is unsure whether he wants to? What, no ESPN so now it's optional? This guy is so full of s***. I've said all along he is not going to play this year and this only convinces me more.

Posted by: virtueandvice | April 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Whatever! Go Wiz and clinch that playoff berth tonight without Gilbert. You have been doing it all season and you can do it tonight! GO WIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Play like you life depended on this win.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

G-Man has some good points. With 8 games left in the season and Gilbert not having played with his teammates since November, how much help will he be as he tries to get his rhythm, condition, and timing back. Agent Zero (as well as many NBA experts including Hubie Brown) have said he would need 15-20 games to get back into the flow and chemistry of this year's team. Assuming CB3, AJ, and AD are relatively healthy going into the playoffs, we should be competitive against Cleveland or Orlando. NY and Mason give us the scoring and shooting we need off the bench at this point. Agent Zero would just take minutes away from two guys who are helping the team and know their roles.

I'm a huge Agent Zero fan but think he should shut it down at this point, continuing rehabbing over the summer, and hopefully resign with the Wiz along with AJ. It's not worth risking the injury for him to come back out of shape and only able to make limited contributions.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Gilbert is just setting up suspense so he gets a standing-O when he enters the game tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gil is playin everyone. All that talk in the Laker's locker room about sign Jamison first than him, he'll take a pay cut was a bunch of bull. He didn't mention the fact that the doctor cleared him the day before. Come on, what else does this guy have to do all day. It's not like he's taking care of his kids all day, they live back in Cali 95% of the time. He has enough time on his hands to be in top shape.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"G-Man has some good points. With 8 games left in the season and Gilbert not having played with his teammates since November, how much help will he be as he tries to get his rhythm, condition, and timing back."

That is why it is better for him to play the remaining 8 games, and not just 5 games. We need his help in the playoff not now, but he needs to warm up first.

Posted by: Sagaliba | April 2, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, one thing is for sure.

We shall see.
Till then, go CAPS!

How about that story?

Posted by: sodumb | April 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sagaliba said "That is why it is better for him to play the remaining 8 games, and not just 5 games. We need his help in the playoff not now, but he needs to warm up first."

I know the more he plays, the better he will get. But, how would this help him during negotiations? Would below standard play help him negotiate? He knows what he is capable of right now. As far as sign and trade, if he played below standard, teams would try to rape the wizards for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Now that Gilby has been cleared by the doctor to play, every game that he's not playing in, he should relinquish his game check, because otherwise, he's stealing from the team and the fans.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 01:23 PM

Coming from the guy who's collecting money for a job that has nothing to do with writing on this blog. Gilbert Arenas is paid to play like the Gilbert Arenas of old. If he comes out, plays like crap or re-injures his knee, then he either hurts the team or becomes completely useless for this team in the future. Arenas will do what's best for Arenas, and what's best for Arenas will end up being what's best for the Wizards. GA doesn't help the Wizards by playing as an out of shape, under-confident, rusty player. He'll play when he has confidence in his own body. I'll take Arenas' judgment over a doctor who medically clears a significant injury over the phone.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is putting a gun to Gilby's head to make him opt out.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 01:21 PM

Even if he doesn't opt out, he still has a contract to sign soon. If he plays, tears an ACL, and has to miss most of next season as well, he would be putting his max contract (deserved or not) in danger just so that he can play in 8 games and perhaps mess up the chemistry of a playoff team.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Even if he doesn't opt out, he still has a contract to sign soon. If he plays, tears an ACL, and has to miss most of next season as well, he would be putting his max contract (deserved or not) in danger just so that he can play in 8 games and perhaps mess up the chemistry of a playoff team.

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 02:24 PM "

There you go.

Gilby decided to opt out because he wanted more money for financial security. When that was announced, I said immediately that he was taking on EVEN MORE risk because he turned down EG's extension offer to his current contract so that he could become a free agent.

Now, it's coming back to bite him in the b#tt.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh, I think the ratio is more like 50:1 because of the grotto posts and the Laura stuff, 88. In your defense, I haven't read much from you about his grotto lately. You still seem to take an anti-Gilbert slant on every occasion. Once in a while you'll say something like 'he's a good scorer' but most times, you just want to get rid of the guy. Sometimes I wonder if you remember the Bullers pre-GA. Frankly we wre enot that good nor were we interesting. Now, we're both in large part due to GA. Can you give him credit for that, at least? BTW, I am by no means ignoring AJ and what he's done for us over the years. It's just that GA is the face of this org. outside of DC. If you see a Wiz jersey sold outside of this area, chances are it's a '0'. Do you remember the days when the only time we were on national tv is when the Doc or Bird or Barkley were kicking our arses ? I do and they sucked !

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Now that Gilby has been cleared by the doctor to play, every game that he's not playing in, he should relinquish his game check, because otherwise, he's stealing from the team and the fans.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 01:23 PM

Coming from the guy who's collecting money for a job that has nothing to do with writing on this blog. [...]

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 02:24 PM

Hilarious response.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the disparity between Gil's desire to start against Detroit and not against LA or the Bucks could have to do with his shoe releases. He was scheduled to release a new version of his shoe the night of the Detroit game and that short-term goal may have temporarily blocked out the fear/concern he has about coming back at all this season.

Article re: timing of the release of Gil's TS Lightswitch Gil X Benihana shoes:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/23777296

Posted by: Sam | April 2, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

88, You mention the 'core guys' on this team. Well, GA is one of the main core guys but you overlook that. I wish I could have read your posts a couple years ago when he and Larry were balling. This was before the alleged free throw bet that supposedly cost you 7k. Were you so adamant about getting rid of GA back then?
What exactly turned you off? Is it the incessant talking about other players like Deng and Gordon? Is it the media seeking? Is it the parties or talk about his house and personal problems? Tell me...do you feel the same way about Iverson? He shot every time he touched it in Philly. Do you dislike LeBron? He's as big of a media hound as GA. Did you like Barkley? He sounded off all the time but delivered on the court.
Looking back at the 05-06 season, how can you argue with 29ppg, 6 assists, 3.5 rebounds while shooting 45% from your point guard? Or 28, 6 and 5 at 42% last year? You have to know that the guy is special whether he talks too much or not.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I must admit that one of the posters mentioned how the Wiz medical staff was way off on OPEC, CB, and Gilberts injuries. Maybe it is something to Gilbert not trusting them, I am not sure. I guess we will find out.....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | April 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"I must admit that one of the posters mentioned how the Wiz medical staff was way off on OPEC, CB, and Gilberts injuries. Maybe it is something to Gilbert not trusting them, I am not sure. I guess we will find out.....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | April 2, 2008 03:19 PM "

It was me. I posted a response by Ivan from last week's chat where Ivan said that they goofed on not just OPEC, CB, and Gilby, but also Etan.

The bottom line is this. If the docs say Gilby's well enough to play, and he doesn't play, then that's fine, but in the same regard, Gilby shouldn't have mouthed off last week saying he was ready and jacked to play, and now he's not so sure.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"88, You mention the 'core guys' on this team. Well, GA is one of the main core guys but you overlook that. I wish I could have read your posts a couple years ago when he and Larry were balling. This was before the alleged free throw bet that supposedly cost you 7k. Were you so adamant about getting rid of GA back then?
What exactly turned you off? Is it the incessant talking about other players like Deng and Gordon? Is it the media seeking? Is it the parties or talk about his house and personal problems? Tell me...do you feel the same way about Iverson? He shot every time he touched it in Philly. Do you dislike LeBron? He's as big of a media hound as GA. Did you like Barkley? He sounded off all the time but delivered on the court.
Looking back at the 05-06 season, how can you argue with 29ppg, 6 assists, 3.5 rebounds while shooting 45% from your point guard? Or 28, 6 and 5 at 42% last year? You have to know that the guy is special whether he talks too much or not.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 03:19 PM "

How can you be a "core guy" if you missed 60+ games, the team is doing well without you.

BTW, I didn't post on this blog way back when Larry was here and when Gilby missed those free throws. Also, there was no $7,000 bet, so if you're trying to be funny....don't. Otherwise, don't expect me to entertain any of your posts directed at me anymore.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I said immediately that he was taking on EVEN MORE risk because he turned down EG's extension offer to his current contract so that he could become a free agent.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 02:54 PM

That's true, but he can't do anything about that decision now. I'd rather the team trade him during the offseason, but i cant knock the dude for doing what we all would do given his current circumstances.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Hilarious response.

Posted by: | April 2, 2008 03:06 PM "

I love it when people attack me when there is no more defense or excuses for Gilby anymore. Love it.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"That's true, but he can't do anything about that decision now. I'd rather the team trade him during the offseason, but i cant knock the dude for doing what we all would do given his current circumstances.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 03:39 PM "

Like I said, if he's cleared by the docs and refusing to play, then he should forfeit his checks. Otherwise, he's stealing from the team and the fans. I think he's already used up his sick leave.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"I think the disparity between Gil's desire to start against Detroit and not against LA or the Bucks could have to do with his shoe releases. He was scheduled to release a new version of his shoe the night of the Detroit game and that short-term goal may have temporarily blocked out the fear/concern he has about coming back at all this season.

Article re: timing of the release of Gil's TS Lightswitch Gil X Benihana shoes:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/23777296

Posted by: Sam | April 2, 2008 03:11 PM "

I don't know if you followed early on, but a major reason why Gilby forced his comeback with his parachute and bicycling stunt was self promotion.

Earlier before the season started, an article was written by the Post about him and the 32 versions of his new shoe. He said he designed those shoes to be worn casually, and how special they are....mid rise style.

Based on his new shoe coming out, that's how he dreamed up "Comeback part 2" as he announced on tv with Chicky Hernandez. Of course, all that blew up in his face and the rest is history after he got hurt.

As Gilby freely admits, "Drama sells." Most people on this blog have been duped..easily.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"I know the more he plays, the better he will get. But, how would this help him during negotiations? Would below standard play help him negotiate? He knows what he is capable of right now. As far as sign and trade, if he played below standard, teams would try to rape the wizards for him."

Yes, I know there is such a concern. But if he doesn't want to play this season, please tell people so, we can understand. Telling people he wants to play, and then backs off is not going to help his contract situation either. Worse, it makes people feels he is erratic.

Posted by: Sagaliba | April 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Great question:


Confused: I'm confused. First, Arenas basically says he's scared to come back. Then, when the team doctor doesn't clear him to play, he's angry (and he's lauded for being such a competitor). Now, he's cleared to play but he's not playing. Are you confused?

Ivan Carter: Yes, I'm confused. Very, very confused. That's Gilbert.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Gil's playing tonight. Can't you tell he's just setting it up for an unexpected return?

This way, if he's a bust tonight, it won't be hyped as much as it would be if he announced his return in advance.

Just my 2 cents, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him out there tonight, and Ivan kind of seems to think so too judging from his chat today.

Posted by: Adam | April 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, if he's cleared by the docs and refusing to play, then he should forfeit his checks.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 03:44 PM

Eddie said he could return "when he's ready to play." Eddie put the decision in Gil hands. Maybe Eddie is tired of Gil's antics and doesn't want him to play anytime soon.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If this is the NFL, where you need to practice to play, Gil's not going tonight. Wonder how EJ adhere's to the "if you don't practice, you don't play policy." Of course with the exception of our walking wounded (AD, AJ, DS, and CB), who are trying to rest because of the load they're carrying...

Posted by: CN | April 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Eddie said he could return "when he's ready to play." Eddie put the decision in Gil hands. Maybe Eddie is tired of Gil's antics and doesn't want him to play anytime soon.

Posted by: Truthsayer | April 2, 2008 04:16 PM "

Eddie already said multiple times during interviews with reporters that he doesn't like answer Gilby questions because he deems them a distraction. He always says he's going to focus on the team and the players who are ready to play.

Maybe Les BouleS should remove/discontinue their "Ready to Rule" commercial starring Gilby.

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It would be prudent for Gilbert Arenas to consult another specialist. None of this cleared to play over the phone crapola.

Posted by: rgz | April 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

RGZ: Maybe that's why his missed shootaround -- he was getting a second opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't trying to be funny, 88. In fact, i was being nice by saying 'alleged'. However, I have no problems with not directing posts at you . Plenty of others here direct them at you whether you like it or not. I'd think you'd be glad that I sign mine. It's apparent that there's no reasoning with you. I've been warned repeatedly not to even try. NP.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I have a twelve year old son that can't decide whether to watch tv or play outside with his friends. He clamors around the house constantly informing my wife and me that he is wrestling with this decision, not because he thinks the decision has any implication on his fleeting happiness but simply for the attention he adores. This twelve year old of mine plays on an organized basketball team and always wants to shoot first, struggling with the notion that successful teams have players that refuse to put themselves above their teammates.

And my twelve year is not requesting a salary that will force the Wizards to pay the luxury tax.

Posted by: Thickman | April 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert is dressed tonite!!!! All the haters can stop now!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"I wasn't trying to be funny, 88. In fact, i was being nice by saying 'alleged'. However, I have no problems with not directing posts at you . Plenty of others here direct them at you whether you like it or not. I'd think you'd be glad that I sign mine. It's apparent that there's no reasoning with you. I've been warned repeatedly not to even try. NP.

Posted by: mark | April 2, 2008 06:37 PM "

Great!

Posted by: DC Man88 | April 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Another day and the same stupid and idiotic comments from Clewiston (DC Moron).

Groundhog day indeed.

Posted by: Wizzz | April 2, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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