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Here are a couple of contrasting views on Gilbert Arenas's planned return to game action on Saturday.

Chris Mannix at SI.com thinks Gilbert should slow down his comeback, while Roy S. Johnson on Yahoo!Sports eagerly welcomes back the league's "most valuable character,"

What do you think?

By Alexa Steele |  March 26, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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Early renewals for season ticket planholders is Wednesday, so yeah, the wiz want him back to create buzz.

Doesn't matter if he plays, maybe we win 1 or 2 more games with him back? Curse of Les Bullets says even if we have the worst record we won't get the #1 pick.

Posted by: lameotron | March 26, 2009 10:10 AM

Mannix at SI is flat out wrong -- he must have done zero research for his article and have no information about the Wizards. This is not about Arenas rushing back. The microfracture surgery happened over a year ago so any analogy to Amare's return 5-months after surgery is completely off-base -- if fact, that is the article Mannix should have written in March 2008, not 2009.

Arneas has a clean up surgery on September/October -- should have taken, at most 3 months to return from that -- we are at double that now. In no world is this "rushing back."

As for lottery chances -- this is a mix veteran team and young team. Blake Griffin is the only player in this draft that is going to come in and contribute in a meaningful way. And he plays the same position as Jamison so the minutes at PF are limited or we play Jamison out of position at SF, which is where Caron plays, which requires him to play out of position at SG. Don't get me wrong --Blake Griffin would really help the Wizards and I would love to have him. Rubio may help too but he is stil just 20 years old. Other than that, the Wiz should look to trade this pick because this draft class is weak.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 26, 2009 10:13 AM

Should be a third option:

Who cares.

Posted by: truthaboutit | March 26, 2009 10:38 AM

Exactly, Chad32.

First off, Amare was stupid. The doctors will tell you that it takes at least a year to come back at 100% from microfracture. It's been a year since Gil had microfracture so it shouldn't be an issue. Like you say, recovery from a cleanup procedure (lavage) shouldn't even take as long as it has. That's why I originally questioned whether that was all that was done. I could have sworn I read that they redid the microfracture at the same time. If so, it makes sense for Gil to take it easy. Here's an interesting piece about the procedure (lavage) that Gil had right before this season started. It seems to put into question the efficacy of such a procedure.

A double-blind placebo-controlled study on arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002. In this three-group study, 180 military veterans with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to receive arthroscopic d├ębridement with lavage, just arthroscopic lavage, or a sham surgery, which made superficial incisions to the skin while pretending to do the surgery. For two years after the surgeries, patients reported their pain levels and were evaluated for joint motion. Neither the patients nor the independent evaluators knew which patients had received which surgery. The study reported, "At no point did either of the intervention groups report less pain or better function than the placebo group."Because there is no confirmed usefulness for these surgeries, many agencies are reconsidering paying for a surgery which seems to create risks with no benefit.A 2008 study confirmed that there was no long-term benefit for chronic pain, above medication and physical therapy.

I've always thought that the Wiz were being cagey and disingenuous when talking about Gil's knee. I don't think we have all of the facts about what was done. In any case, how the patient feels is as good an indicator as any. If Gil feels the knee is ok, then it's ok and he should play.

Posted by: original_mark | March 26, 2009 10:42 AM

sorry, but playing him more than a little bit to get his feet under him is dumb. Give the kids minutes, let him play a bit get a taste, and don't push him. That's difficult with the type of player he is, but in no way should he get tons of minutes.

Plus, lets be honest, the better pick they get, the better they will be. I'm not expecting Arenas to come in and drop 20 a night, but if he's back to health, he will make them better than some teams and lead to their lottery number dropping. That's a bad move.

Posted by: mbhowa | March 26, 2009 10:45 AM

After Blake Griffin, drafting 2d or 6th in this year's lottery is of little significance. I want to have the best shot of getting the #1 pick.

With that, I still want Arenas to come out, play regular minutes and hopefully drop 30 or 40 points -- maybe a game winner or quarter ending big 3, just to remind people what we have been missing for 2 years and to quiet all the people who think it was a mistake to give him his deal.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 26, 2009 10:56 AM

A lavage is simply an irrigation to wash out debris. No way that was all that was performed on Gil.
My guess is that the microfracture had to be redone because he overdid it the first time.

Posted by: original_mark | March 26, 2009 10:58 AM

Thanks Dr. original_mark. Thanks for that insider information/presumption.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 26, 2009 11:42 AM

Prepare for a Slurpfest. Oooh, Gilbeee!!!

Posted by: dabing | March 26, 2009 11:47 AM

There is a presumption that the wiz will get better with Gil and we might blow our chance at more ping pong balls.

Who says the Wiz will be better wtih Gil? As we know from the healthy years, when Gil is on, we're unbeatable. But when he's missing and also the focal point of the offense we loose.

It does not seem logical that he will immediately return to making crazy shots shots like an all star. But it's safe to assume he'll have no problem TAKING those crazy shots like the Gil of old.

So in a way, we can assume we'll loose more than if we played the scrubs.

But best reason for him to return is to give all the other wiz players a taste of a Gil-run offense - one of the fastest in the NBA. The other intriguing issue is to evaluate how much of the EJ/Arenas offense has changed sime Gil went out. I actually think that since Gil left, Butler and Jamison have gotten better at the quick backdoor cut. I wonder if Gil remembers how to run it.

Posted by: cballer | March 26, 2009 12:38 PM

Isn't the NBA draft order a lottery? So even if you lose all 82 games, there's no guarantee you'll end up with the first pick.

I agree with him coming back and playing a few games. If nothing else, we can see what this season could have been.

Posted by: tundey | March 26, 2009 12:39 PM

If you don't think Arenas is better than trotting out Mike James or Juan Dixon at PG than you have no idea about basketball. Arenas will instantly make this team better, the question is how much. I don't think it will make much difference this year, but we shall see on Saturday.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 26, 2009 1:07 PM

ROFLOL, Chad32.

I'm not a doctor but I've been through all of the procedures myself.

Posted by: original_mark | March 26, 2009 1:44 PM

Actually I was one of those people that did not want Gilbert to play at all this year, but now I do want him to come back only to see what he has left. I think Management also want to see him play to better prepare for next season. Hopefully, he will play like the old Gilbert and offer hope to the team next year. But if he has obviously lost a step or suffers another injury, I say "dump" the guy, eat his contract, make whole sale trades and go in another direction with the high pick (which I doubt will ever be #1). Go ahead, Gilbert, play your egotistical heart out for the team (Oxymoron?).

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 26, 2009 1:56 PM

Please add this choice to the poll:

x Doesn't matter.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 26, 2009 6:08 PM

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