- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2007

1:34 p.m.

The season for Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas essentially came to an end today when magnetic resonance imaging disclosed that he would need surgery on his left knee.

Arenas was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear and was to have arthroscopic surgery later today at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. The Wizards said recovery time will be two to three months, meaning that he might play again this season only if Washington manages to make the NBA Finals without him.

Arenas was injured in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s 108-100 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

“Gilbert was performing at an elite level,” Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld said. “Its unfortunate that this injury occurred, but being the competitor that he is, Gilbert will approach his rehab regimen with the same work ethic that has made him one of the leagues most outstanding performers. We expect him to make a full recovery, and we know that his teammates will be up to the challenge to respond in his absence.”

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