- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 16, 2008

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas said before last night’s game that the only thing delaying his return to game action is the team’s medical staff and its desire for him to have a precautionary MRI before they clear him.

“It’s up to them. Ask the docs,” said Arenas, who has missed all but eight games this season with a second knee surgery since he tore a meniscus in April 2007. “They want me to get one more MRI to make sure everything’s OK in there. After I get my MRI, if everything’s OK, we’ll see if they clear me.”

Arenas said he would probably have the MRI on Tuesday, the day before the team plays at Orlando. He also said he could possibly play against the Magic if the MRI were fine.

The news came two days after Arenas said in the locker room before Thursday’s game that he wanted to go through a full week of practice with no soreness before playing. He added that if the on-again, off-again soreness had not resolved itself by April then he would play through the pain.

But during that game, Arenas told TNT’s Cheryl Miller during a televised sideline interview he had wanted to make his return against the Cavaliers, but the team’s doctors told him they weren’t ready to clear him. Arenas maintained last night that the advice of the medical staff kept him from playing Thursday.

When asked about Arenas’ MRI news before the game, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan laughed.

“What did he say?” Jordan asked after first hearing the news. “Well, all right. We’ll see how it goes. I haven’t had any updates on him, but that’s for me to find out sooner than later, and that’s not for me to know right now. I’m concerned about this game right now.”

A team source later said an MRI had yet to be scheduled for Arenas, but that it didn’t mean that Arenas wouldn’t get one done.

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