- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006

12:54 p.m.

SEOUL — Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas strained his groin during practice today and won’t play for the United States at the world championships.

“We know Gilbert is really disappointed,” team managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “He’s done a great job. It’s an unfortunate situation, but he is not going to be able to continue on.”

With Arenas out, the U.S. team must cut one of its 13 remaining players before the world championships begin this weekend. Wizards forward Antawn Jamison still is on a U.S. roster that includes many of the NBA’s brightest young stars, such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.

The United States is 4-0 in exhibitions leading into the championships and coming off a decisive 111-88 victory over Lithuania.

The Americans play South Korea in an exhibition game tomorrow and open the worlds against Puerto Rico on Saturday in Sapporo, Japan.

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