LeBron James on Arenas's Rehab: "He Looks Good"
Gilbert Arenas is maintaining an unusually low profile while rehabbing his (thrice) surgically-repaired left knee this summer at Tim Grover's Attack Athletics gym in Chicago. He's retired from blogging, doesn't tweet and has shunned interviews since arriving in the Windy City in late June. But that hasn't kept others from marveling about the progress he has made.
With LeBron James in town this weekend to promote the release of his new film, "More Than a Game," I had to ask the MVP how Arenas looked during some star-studded scrimmages this week in Chicago, where Arenas, James, Dwyane Wade, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Andre Iguodala and Quentin Richardson are said to have played.
"He looks good," James said on Friday. "He looks good."
Is he all the way back?
"He's almost back," said James, who was in Chicago on the first stop of his promotional tour. "He's about, probably, in the high 90s. I'll say that. He's good. He's good. He's good. He should be happy that he's back on track. No limping, no nothing. We played a lot of games, too. Worked out. It was good."
Wizards Coach Flip Saunders commented about the return of Arenas's quickness and confidence after visiting with him last week in Chicago. After those lively runs at Grover's gym on Wednesday, Iguodala wrote on his twitter page, "gilbert arenas is back like he left his black card!" To which, Richardson replied, "he aint lyin yall!! Thats real!"
Training camp is about six weeks away, and Arenas plans to complete his two-month rehab stint with Grover around the end of this month. Until Arenas is back on the floor, going on scoring binges, flashing that bravado and making boastful proclamations during actual NBA games, all of this talk just serves as an encouraging sign for what to expect from the $111 million man who hopes to return to all-star form.
But so far, it seems, so good.
By Michael Lee |
August 14, 2009; 1:42 PM ET
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