Day 3, Mini-Update
Gilbert Arenas was held out of the Wizards' scrimmages for the second consecutive day. Arenas appeared to be favoring his left leg when he joined his teammates for sprints after practice, but Coach Flip Saunders said that Arenas's left middle finger, not his surgically repaired left knee, forced the team to keep him out of the action. Arenas originally dislocated his finger playing pickup basketball prior to training camp.
"Gil got his finger hit again on yesterday," Saunders said. "It swelled up a little bit, but we taped it up and he went through a lot of stuff. We held him out of the scrimmage, but he did all the drills and everything else."
It might not be a big deal, and his finger might really be messed up. But given his history of knee troubles, any hint of a problem surrounding Arenas is usually a cause for concern. Saunders was adamant that everything was okay. "You saw that he was running. Ran sprints at the end," Saunders said. "He's got no problems at all. If we had a game today, he'd be playing."
I asked Saunders if he was concerned about evaluating who best complements Arenas with him sitting out of the past two days of scrimmages. "No," he said. "We did a controlled type scrimmage and we did up and down. He was playing with those guys. He's had repetitions with those guys on a daily basis."
Arenas wasn't willing to offer an explanation. He hasn't spoken to reporters since his 30-minute Q&A on media day. When approached after practice, Arenas said, "I'm not talking. I'll see you guys media day next year."
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