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Gilbert Arenas to be examined by Baltimore foot specialist

Gilbert Arenas left the team on Thursday morning to have the strained tendon in his right ankle examined by Baltimore ankle-and-foot specialist Dr. Mark Myerson at Mercy's Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. Myerson is the same orthopedic surgeon who operated on Terrell Owens before he suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. The Wizards are hoping that Myerson can discover the best course of action for an injury that has nagged Arenas throughout training camp.

Arenas will miss at least the first two games, including the season opener in Orlando on TNT. Coach Flip Saunders said he was unsure when Arenas would be able to return but is hopeful that the three-time all-star could be back on the floor by the home opener against Philadelphia on Nov. 2. Arenas has been sidelined since aggravating the injury last Friday in practice.

"He's going to see the doctor today and he'll let us know where it's at," Saunders said. "He's got a situation where he's got an inflamed tendon and there's fluid in it. Once that fluid goes out, I think that helps the inflammation, from what they tell me. We're optimistic that maybe we'll have him opening night at home, but we'll know after he sees the doctor today and we'll know more after that."

By Michael Lee  | October 28, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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Myerson is the same orthopedic surgeon who operated on former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens

He must only operate on the "special" athletes.

Posted by: VBFan | October 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If ankle injuries are not given the proper treatment and rest the chances of aggravating the injury is very common. Arenas had this injury early in training camp and its gotten to the point where he have to go see a specialist. From the looks of it he is going to miss way more than 2 games. Team doctors should have taken this more seriously.

Posted by: spades72 | October 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

T.O. suited up for the 76ers in a Super Bowl? Hmmmmm. You learn something new every day :)

Posted by: dfrandan | October 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

wizards probly have the worst medical staff. look back at etan thomas, arenas (numeruous times), even mike miller last yr. the medical staff is horrible

Posted by: skinsfan09 | October 28, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Surgeons recommend surgery.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

No, I think he's being smart seeing an outside specialist this time around and doing it within the first week!

Posted by: washwiz | October 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ted Leonisis gets rid of Ernie Grunfeld and the Wizard's medical staff. Those two moves alone would be worth about 20 wins.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 28, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If he fixed T.O.; then he is the right guy.

Let's all say a collective Prayer because without Arenas, we (The Wizard's) are ordinary.

Peace, John

Posted by: upscalechef | October 28, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Dang, it's possible Gil may not be right this season either.....WTH was EG thinking in not considering this possibility and bringing in a veteran in the backcourt to help Wall ou.....oh no wait, he did.

Posted by: ts35 | October 28, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Was that the same Super Bowl where T.O. scored on a power play with a nine iron in extra innings? The Sixers were great that year.

Posted by: MAlvino | October 28, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse


Everybody knows that Flip has wanted to start Hinrich at shooting guard from day one anyway. Looks like he'll get his wish...and the Wizards will s.u.c.k.

When this season is over, we might all look back on the 19-win season under Leonard Hamilton as "the good ol' days".

Posted by: bobabuie | October 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Surgeons recommend surgery.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 3:42 PM

Who's reporting that??

Posted by: bobabuie | October 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Karma is b i t c h. First , you fake an injury to sit out a game(for whatever reason) and now you are injured, maybe seriously(AGAIN)....what an idiot! how this kook got all that money(while hurt) is exactly why the NBA only appeals only to a few...over paid prima donna's who do not appreciate the very game that makes them rich. Stupid game hasn't got my money for years anyway, so I will continue to be sickened from afar..good riddence to em all hoping for is a work stoppage. bunch of self centered,self- entitled ignorants like most pro sports has become. perfect example- ten yrs ago or so, tom glavine(as a pending free agent) was asked if he would give the braves a home town discount. his reply was, "not after what they did to Smoltzie". ..."what they did" to smoltzie, who had just turned into a closer, 2-3 innings a week, was to "FORCE" him into signing for 3 years, 30 million. unfrigginbelievable is all i can think of and it's only gotten worse. May labron always be the face of the sorry NBA, they deserve each other.....creeps, all of em!!!!

Posted by: klangley69 | October 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Dang, it's possible Gil may not be right this season either.....WTH was EG thinking in not considering this possibility and bringing in a veteran in the backcourt to help Wall ou.....oh no wait, he did.

KH is no Gil. Great we have him, but I just cant envision how this team will score enough without Arenas.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

KH is no Gil. Great we have him, but I just cant envision how this team will score enough without Arenas.

Posted by: divi3

Not saying he is, but better to have a vet in the backcourt other than, say, Nick Young, helping Wall learn the ropes. Give EG legitimate grief for the many things he hasn't done right, but he did bring in pretty solid insurance against further Gil injury or mood swings.

As for scoring, at the very least AB probably gets a few more touches a game than he would with Gil in there. We are definitely down a notch or two (at least) though for those times when we need a clutch three.

Posted by: ts35 | October 28, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice to know that Grunfeld's draft- strategy and off-season moves factored-in Gilbert's injury history and Nick Young's yo-yo performances.

Posted by: closg | October 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's all say a collective Prayer because without Arenas, we (The Wizard's) are ordinary."

They're ordinary with Arenas. Can Arenas score points in bunches? Sure. So can Monta Ellis, Zach Randolph, Danny Granger, and any number of other players who've put up big numbers on teams that went nowhere. The idea that Arenas will be the difference between this team being good or bad goes beyond wishful thinking into desperation thinking. This team is years away from being anything other than a collection of jerry-rigged parts.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Didn't take long for Brendan Haywood to lose his starting center status despite the promises he was given this summer.

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5736338

Posted by: bobabuie | October 28, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

They're ordinary with Arenas. Can Arenas score points in bunches? Sure. So can Monta Ellis, Zach Randolph, Danny Granger, and any number of other players who've put up big numbers on teams that went nowhere.

How many players last season averaged at least 22/7?

Gil
Lebron

It's not desperation thinking to believe Gil in-or-out could be a 10-12 game swing.

This team is years away from being anything other than a collection of jerry-rigged parts.

Then say goodbye to John Wall now, because without some modicum of success in the next few years there's very little chance of keeping him (assuming he's all that and then some).

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Then say goodbye to John Wall now, because without some modicum of success in the next few years there's very little chance of keeping him (assuming he's all that and then some).

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 4:33 PM |

Unless the Wizards get another lottery pick this year and free up enough cap space to pick up a high-priced FA or two next year by getting rid of Arenas.

That looks like the strategy.

Posted by: KTV1 | October 28, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Flipo what is going on in your mind, I know you are ignorant in medicine but no one in the field of medicine tell you Arenas will be back after missing 2 games.Inflamed tendon with fluid minimum 4 weeks.No need for surgery unless there is a major non revealed injury.
He will be back with JH in January.

Posted by: gtefferra | October 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

How many players last season averaged at least 22/7?"

What was the Wizards' record when Arenas was averaging 22/7?

"It's not desperation thinking to believe Gil in-or-out could be a 10-12 game swing."

What was the Wizards' record when Arenas was averaging 22/7?

"Then say goodbye to John Wall now, because without some modicum of success in the next few years there's very little chance of keeping him (assuming he's all that and then some)."

He's not going anywhere for at least 4 years. If done right, that's enough time to properly build a team around him.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't take long for Brendan Haywood to lose his starting center status despite the promises he was given this summer."

Posted by: bobabuie | October 28, 2010 4:33 PM

Any predictions on how long before he and Chandler are throwing down in the locker room? (Because, as I recall, they've had on-court run-ins before.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

This team is years away from being anything other than a collection of jerry-rigged parts.
Buck up man, that description is so glass half-full, last five years kind of thinking, before the blow-up and new look, JW-Leonsis Wizards. This Wiz team is put together like a Swiss watch, just ask Felonious Thunk. They take a licking and keep on ticking, year after disappointing year.

Posted by: midlevex_ | October 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

How many players last season averaged at least 22/7?

Gil
Lebron
Posted by: divi3

I thought the issue was scoring, so Gil's assists are sort of irrelevant to the discussion. Those assists from last season have already been replaced by Wall. If we just need someone to be a designated shooter, I think we already have that guy, and I think we already know who it is.

I'm not worried as much about this team scoring. Certainly they will hit droughts I'm sure. But the more important thing, with or without Gil, is how they compete in other areas like rebounding and defense.

Posted by: ts35 | October 28, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

If we just need someone to be a designated shooter, I think we already have that guy, and I think we already know who it is.

Who?

I'm not worried as much about this team scoring.

I am, because I dont see any consistent scorer on the roster other than AB. Of course, I'm not assuming anything about Wall.

Posted by: divi3 | October 28, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse


How many players last season averaged at least 22/7?

Gil
Lebron

It's not desperation thinking to believe Gil in-or-out could be a 10-12 game swing


yea but Lebron finished the season and took his team at least to the playoffs...no comparison


i for one would like to see Arenas Shipped out. hes a hinderence on our team and we dont need him.

START NICK YOUNG!!! IF U START HINRICH..WTF IS THE BENCH GONNA LOOK LIKE?? LESTER HUDSON?...HOLY COW.

Posted by: mrhney03 | October 28, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

so how is lebron looking for those dolphins this season mike?

Posted by: clwalker1906 | October 28, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Following up on the discussion re 22/7 for Arenas last year vs the teams record and a previous comment Kal made that there are a multitude of players that "can score in bunches".

There are few players that can take a 3 years off and come back and put up the kind of numbers that Gil did. And while it did not result in as many wins, it was evident that he was starting to regain his timing and game with steadily improving numbers during December and January (I believe he put up 19 and 11 in his last game (the win at Philadelphia).

The major difference between Gil and the other bunch of "scorers" is that he has proven that he can score during money time. Forget all of the game winners during the regular season but I remember the game winner over Hinrich in Game 6 3-4 years ago. Even though we lost to Lebron, due to his travels along the baseline (being ushered by Antwan Jamison). Gil made big shot after big shot throughout that series. Players with that can of game and moxy are special.

Lastly, irrespective of all of John Wall's tantalizing athleticism, over the long haul he would benefit from having a player that could take the pressure off him (especially during money time). Hinrich might be a good mentor but during a scoring drought with teams playing good defense, he merely is just another stand still jump shooter. Gil is the only player on this team that can score irrespective of what option the defense takes away.

Despite all of Gil's stupidity and foolishness, at heart he has not shown himself to be a bad dude. Quite frankly, I have been encouraged by his defense and his ability to score so easily during the preseason. He has acquiesed to the whole notion of the John Wall's team syndrome, which the Lebron James saga should have knowledeable people eschewing that title. LA, Boston, San Antonio, the old Chicago Bulls proved that championship caliber teams need 3 All Star caliber players.

This team, which is much better than last years team, could be highly competitive with him on the floor. Instead of the sportswriters trying to run Gilbert out of town, it would be great to read articles that deal with the playing aspect of basketball. It would be nice if a writer could give a medical update from the examination by the Baltimore foot specialist.

Posted by: NewManagement | October 28, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

i for one would like to see Arenas Shipped out. hes a hinderence on our team and we dont need him.

I for one would like to see him in the backcourt with JW instead of hiking around in a boot.

I mean as long as he's at the gym, and collecting on that un-tradeable contract, once he loses the boot, he could put his shorts on and try running up and down the court like everybody else. It's been awhile and I'm of the opinion it's likely to be one of the few entertaining things this year, watching the back court blur of Wall and Arenas and the occasional McGee earth-orbit launch.

Posted by: midlevex_ | October 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I personally think too much is made of Gilbert's stats from last year. He had not played in several years and he frequently looked physically awkward, particularly when trying to get to the basket. I feel other players held back on Gil because nobody wants to be the guy who puts the nail in the coffin. I don't recall Gil absorbing much contact last year, even with that he shot low percentages from both two and three point range.

I am fine if the guy can make it back and contribute...I just don't believe Gil should be considered a top talent in the league at this stage.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | October 28, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to knock gil whilr he's not playing. I didn't hear anyone talking during the first 3 preseason games!

Posted by: bobilly2 | October 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Posters keep harping on Gilbert and his scoring...the problem with the team is the same as it has been for at least 20 years...No toughness on defense...No one who wants to CONSISTENTLY do the dirty work on defense...sure Blatche comes alive once every 4-5 games and snatches a few rebounds and scores but against the good teams he is shut down, just like tonite...

The key is always and will always be defense...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 28, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I have always liked Gil, and will really miss him, because he may now need a foot specialist....but he also needs a head specialist!

At this point, I dont ever expect to see him again becoming a productive member of this team.

I had hoped otherwise, envisioning a back court with Gil and John....but it seems that's not going to happen and it's time to move on!

Go Wizards!

Posted by: Harrio1 | October 28, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if he stops putting it in his mouth it will heal faster.

Posted by: SammyT1 | October 29, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

The only foot Arenas needs, is one up the backside!

Posted by: slimjim21787 | October 29, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, nobody coming here to play who's somebody!

Draft? How's that working out with the golden state and LA clipers?

I hope Arenas gets better because the Wiz look like Poop!

Posted by: shamken | October 29, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

VBFan why don't you do a little research before you bring your prejudice to the table. Dr. Myerson is a very down to earth guy and an excellent physician. I have been under his care for several years for a problem nobody else was able to diagnose. I'm just a regular guy who happens to be covered by an insurance plan he accepts.

Posted by: rgkleidman | October 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The sports med orthopedists at Union are tops; disclaimer: I have foot surgery scheduled there myself this week with a colleague of Myerson.

Team physicians have obligations to get the players back on the field ASAP, period, which is not the same agenda as "normal" folks, or typical insurance either. While I would not want to imply ethical questions, nonetheless there are obvious pressures on team physicians from both players and management, and often a willingness OR pressure to "play through" or "tough it out". So while I wouldn't condemn team physicians, I think outside opinions are very important as well.

As for "head" issues; a lot of paid gladiators just want to get out there at hit no matter what; others tend to think about just how long their careers are going to last if they ignore injuries. And some are really head cases, and it gets to be who's exploiting who. Personally I wouldn't try to judge....

Posted by: icyone | October 31, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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