Gilbert Arenas sits, Andray Blatche might scrimmage, and reaction to Al Thornton's accident
Coach Flip Saunders said Gilbert Arenas sat out of the Friday morning practice session with soreness in his leg, but should be able to participate in the team scrimmages later in the evening. The Wizards didn't do much more than skeleton, five-on-none offensive drills and close out practice, with a three-man weave drill. Arenas shot free throws after practice.
"A little soreness, leg soreness," Saunders said. "He didn't do anything today, just stretched out. That was it. He'll go tonight."
Arenas injured his ankle in a collision during team scrimmages on Wednesday, but was back in action the next day. When asked if he had any concerns about Arenas, Saunders said, "No."
The Wizards have been bringing along slowly forward Andray Blatche, with the 6-foot-11 forward only four months removed from breaking a bone in his right foot. He has participated in sprints and other non-contract drills, but Blatche said that he might finally be allowed to scrimmage this evening.
"I'm getting there," Blatche said. "It's been four or five months, so I'm getting there."
He said has yet to take Saunders's conditioning test, but "I'm going to do it."
Saunders said Blatche participated in the full practice on Friday morning. "We'll see tonight. See how he feels. If he feels good, we'll let him get in some competitions and some scrimmages."
Al Thornton was back at practice and hitting jumpers during the three-man weave the day after he was hit by a car walking up a hill on the George Mason campus. Thornton tweeted on Thursday night, "This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking ... I thought I was in heaven already for real. Thank God. "
Thornton was okay, but his tweets and lack of immediate response to teammates calls afterward led to some panic. "It's crazy. I didn't know nothing like that was going to happen" John Wall said. "He was on Twitter, like 'I just got hit by a car. I don't believe it.' We had to call him, like, 'You alright?' His phone was off, so we think he was in the hospital or something. It was funny."
Thornton told his teammates that the car was traveling around 15 to 20 miles an hour, but the driver never noticed the 6-foot-8, 225 pound forward crossing the street. "She nipped his leg and he jumped," Wall said. "He had to jump on the car. If he didn't jump on the car, he might be injured."
Now that he's back in action and feeling okay, Thornton has been getting a nice ribbing from his teammates.
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