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Said fellow guard DeShawn Stevenson, Arenas’ closest friend on the team: “He needs to just go play. He hasn’t played in two years - you’ve got to understand that. … But everybody in this locker room still knows what he can do. I tell him every day [we believe in him]. We tell him. Look at his numbers and the things he has done for this organization. All we can do is tell him. He’s got to believe in himself. We can’t make him believe in himself.”

Arenas and the Wizards headed to Los Angeles on Sunday to kick off a four-game road trip, and the guard said although challenging, the time away may be helpful.

“I think the West Coast is going to be good for me,” Arenas said. “Get away from the pressure of this building, the pressure of the fans. Just let me breathe a little bit.”