- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 30, 2003


Gilbert Arenas’ severely strained abdomen is far worse than originally thought and is likely to keep the Washington Wizards point guard and leading scorer out “for at least a few weeks, maybe even longer,” a source with knowledge of the situation said last night.

Arenas, who leads the Wizards in both scoring (20.8) and assists (5.5), and is fourth in rebounding (5.1), was re-examined by team doctors yesterday. The Wizards placed Arenas on the injured list at the midpoint of their recent four-game trip.

The Wizards had hoped to receive encouraging news following the examination, and there was some optimism that Arenas might be ready by Saturday, when he would be eligible to return against Milwaukee.

Because of the uncertainty regarding Arenas, the Wizards kept one roster spot open. This would have allowed Arenas to return at any time rather than be forced to spend five games on the injured list.

“He was seen by doctors and he won’t be back by [Saturday],” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said.

Complicating matters, the Wizards still have no idea when Jerry Stackhouse will return from knee surgery that has kept him on the injured list the entire season.

Before last night’s game, the Wizards activated Mitchell Butler, who began the season on the injured list with tendinitis in his right knee. Butler checked into last night’s game early in the second quarter.

John N. Mitchell

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