- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis:

INJURIES UPDATED — It is looking as if Gilbert Arenas (abdomen) will return from the injured list faster than Jerry Stackhouse (knee).

Although it seemed neither would be back before the new year, a source with knowledge of the situation said Arenas could be back within the next week. However, the Stackhouse situation is still dicey. Stackhouse will be back next month at the earliest.

Stackhouse is scheduled to have his right knee re-evaluated, perhaps as early as Friday. At that time the Wizards may have a more definitive time frame when he might be ready.

POETIC JUSTICE — Center Etan Thomas will recite some of his work tomorrow at the DC WritersCorps Holiday Poetry Jam.

Thomas’ mother, a junior high teacher in Oklahoma, introduced him to poetry. Thomas’ specialty is performance poetry, a style that has grown popular with hip-hop music.

Thomas’ work is politically charged and deals with life in general. One poem Thomas said he might read, called “Wasted Talent,” deals with a basketball player who never achieved his dreams.

“It’s a story about a guy that I watched playing ball growing up. He didn’t make it and he should have. He didn’t make it because he didn’t make good decisions in life,” Thomas said.

Thomas will read with other poets at the Josephine Butler Center, 2437 15th Street NW, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

John N. Mitchell

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