WASHINGTON (AP) -An unhappy Gilbert Arenas learned Sunday night that he had not been cleared to play by Washington Wizards team doctors, dashing his hopes of returning in the nationally televised game against the Detroit Pistons - or anytime soon.
Arenas took part in the shootaround Sunday morning and was so confident that he would be in uniform against the Pistons that he didn't bring proper attire to sit on the bench as an injured player. As he exited the locker room before the game, he told reporters: ``Y'all don't have to write any more. I'm not coming back this year.''
Coach Eddie Jordan's assessment wasn't that extreme, but he essentially said the three-time All-Star point guard's return won't be for at least another week.
``He wants to test his whole body in an NBA game, and the doctors said he's not ready and it's good for all parties to wait and see once another week has gone by to see where he is,'' Jordan said.
Asked if Arenas will play again this season, Jordan said: ``There's always a chance. There's always been a chance. ... He's getting better.''
Arenas first had surgery on his left knee last April, rushed his rehabilitation and needed surgery again in November. He has been practicing with the team for nearly three weeks.
``Gil's been anxious to play ever since he got on the court and started doing some basketball rehab instead of just training room rehab,'' Jordan said. ``We've all heard it now for three weeks that he's been anxious to play, he's been predicting to play, and he's close.''
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