Haywood Cleared to Return

So the TV star promised in his previous post that he wasn't going to mail it in. Turns out, he wasn't lying.

Ivan phoned in earlier this evening -- from a Caps game, no less -- with an update that might be of interest. A team source tells Ivan that Brendan Haywood has been officially cleared for full-contact practice. That means it's possible, if not likely, that we'll see Haywood back on the court before the end of the season. Either that, or he's going to have to come up with a pretty good reason not to play.

And we're just speculating now, but if Haywood is practicing and good to go for the final 8-10 games, it would be fair to wonder why Arenas is practicing and not playing.

We've long since debated whether or not the Wizards or Haywood or Arenas have anything to gain by playing even a little bit this season, but with medical clearance for Haywood, it suddenly seems more probable.

Ivan officially addresses this, and the Wizards' attempts to stay positive down the stretch, in his latest story.

By Keith McMillan |  March 14, 2009; 8:48 PM ET
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Now we wait for Diva Arenas to come back from his extended paid vacation.

Posted by: Fontana1 | March 14, 2009 9:12 PM

There's absolutely no reason why Gilby shouldn't be playing now.

Les BouleS need to assess whether he still has any basketball abilities left in his $111 million dollar body, which will dictate what they do during the drat.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 14, 2009 9:42 PM

I say they both should not come back. Its too late know. Less minutes for the young guys to keep improving for whatever its worth. Practice, the offseason and the naming of a new coach would be my priorities.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 14, 2009 10:14 PM

Any top quality coach would want to know that Arenas is healthy before accepting the job. For that reason alone he should play at least a few minutes if he is healthy.

Posted by: read2 | March 14, 2009 10:19 PM

The most likely reason Arenas hasn't returned is because his knee is still swelling up after stressing it in workouts and practice. That scenario doesn't bode well for his eventual return. I like Gilbert, but if he can only play every other game next season then we will have another lost season.

Over the course of this season I have come across a few articles on the web questioning Arenas' ability to return as a full-time serious player. One of those articles was even quoting unnamed sources within the Wizard's organization. I think that might have been on Yahoo Sports, but I forget.

I hope Gilbert's career doesn't end up like Ralph Sampson's, but it is a real possibility at this point.

Posted by: MeviousMan | March 14, 2009 11:42 PM

iT IS WHAT IT IS. arenas AND haywood BACK. sweet.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 15, 2009 1:09 AM

"The most likely reason Arenas hasn't returned is because his knee is still swelling up after stressing it in workouts and practice. That scenario doesn't bode well for his eventual return. I like Gilbert, but if he can only play every other game next season then we will have another lost season.

Posted by: MeviousMan | March 14, 2009 11:42 PM "

Not quite.

Les BouleS were without Gilby last season and they had the same success compared to the season before that, and that was one and done in the playoffs.

That indicates BTH has had a greater impact on the team's success compared to Gilby, especially based on this season's debacle.

On a side note, EG should have a new coach picked out and ready to introduce the day after the season ends.

What else would he be busy doing now?

There's no impact player in the draft that should affect a coach's decision on whether or not they should come here even if Les BouleS get the top draft pick.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 15, 2009 1:11 AM

Pointless. What do Haywood and Arenas have to prove when they still will have something to prove next year? With them back, they probably will win at least 4 more games (say good bye to Blake Griffin). All about the $$..

(Am going way off the point here)Speaking of $$, I think Dan Synder is in the wrong sport. Seriously, Imagine he was the Wiz Owner. We would have an all star team and still be under the cap lol

Posted by: demonj21 | March 15, 2009 1:36 AM

Haywood & Arenas could get hurt stepping out their car. If you're clear to practice fully then play the game. Be a professional.

Posted by: elfreako | March 15, 2009 1:40 AM

Buck the wizards.........

Posted by: joe12341 | March 15, 2009 2:48 AM

Haywood has not been shown as "inactive" for several games. He is not apt to injure himself again, so could play before the end of the year.

Arenas, on the other hand, may NEVER BE PAIN FREE. If he was a forward, or perhaps had a different mind-set, he might choose to "learn the game" and have a productive, if not outstanding career, as Chris Weber did.
However, he depended on quickness, just as some young pitchers depend on a fast ball. He, and they, might have been successful before an injury. Unless he choose to "learn" he may end up as a shorter version of DeShawn.

Posted by: lrmc623 | March 15, 2009 11:44 AM

Irmc623:

Good point. Gil's game was all about his athleticism and maybe that is why he is so hesitant to come back. His insistence on being "100 percent" before coming back lends some credence to your assertions. Maybe if he learned how to play a more effective "floor game" then the condition of his knee would be less of an issue...

As much as I loved watching Gil from 04-06, he will probably NEVER return to that form. The silver lining though, is that Gil has one of the most technically sound jumpers in the game. If you can shoot it (which Gil can) you will always have a chance to be an effective scorer. That said, I think Gil should play in a couple of games this season just to build confidence in the knee...

Posted by: MEssex | March 15, 2009 12:06 PM

Wonder whether BTH can beat out Songaila and get his starting spot back what with Song playing so well and all.....

Oh yeah. I AM being sarcastic.

Posted by: original_mark | March 15, 2009 1:26 PM

Haywood & Arenas could get hurt stepping out their car. If you're clear to practice fully then play the game. Be a professional.

Posted by: elfreako | March 15, 2009 1:40 AM

Or he could get hurt working out preparing for next year. From the Wizards standpoint, with the uncertainty of Arenas, they also need to look at drafting a guard moreso than frontcourt players. Toney Douglas from Florida State is the best guard (and maybe the best all around player) in the draft.

You have got to start planning on the possibility that Arenas may never be what he was before.

Posted by: NewManagement | March 15, 2009 2:47 PM

What's it gonna prove if anyone of the injured play this season?
They need to take care of their investment and that is their bodies.
Coming back this season makes no sense to me.
The longer they take to come back the healthier they will be next season.
Playing 5 or so games now is too risky for what would be gained -- if anything.
Get stronger during the off season and come back fresh & hungry.

Posted by: VBFan | March 15, 2009 3:49 PM

What would be the point of Haywood or Arenas coming back this season? They would be better off just resting up for next year. The team would be better off trying to find a way to win some games down the stretch (or getting us more lottery balls).

Posted by: tywill28 | March 16, 2009 9:36 AM

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