For those who thought the Washington Wizards might finally start 100 percent healthy for the first time in a few years had another set-back today when the team announced that Etan Thomas had not been cleared to play after it was discovered during a physical that he had an irregular heart beat.
Etan has not been cleared to practice. This is a serious matter and our thoughts are with him. He will have some further tests, there will be an evaluation, and we will wait for the results to come back,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.
The biggest surprise of the day came when the media viewed Gilbert Arenas workout for the first time since his injury and appeared that he was ready to go no wearing a brace of any kind on his surgically repaired left knee. He did make a fashion statement with his capri Wizards cut-off sweat pants. He says he is ready for the season ands likes the chemistry already.
It is great to finally get back on the court in a controlled environment. I can’t wait to get back on the court tonight to do more five-on-five drills. I feel great. I did not feel tired on the court today. The thing I was worried about the most was my wind and I was fine,” said Arenas.
Wizards Guard Gilbert Arenas Is Ready to Go in 2007, As Seen in Day One of Wizards Training Camp
Most players seemed to like the presence of veteran Tony Massenburg in his first day with the Wizards. He might be in the best shape yet and hopefully he will be the missing link at the forward position that the Wizards have been looking for.
He doesn’t look 40. He’s in excellent shape. He’s a savvy veteran. And you can be sure that he’s going to be physical and bang around down there. He’s still got it. The shape that he’s in is phenomenal, and he’s a guy that when called upon, he’ll find a way to get it done,” said Wizards Forward Antwan Jamison.
Draft Pick Nick Young looked fresh and ready to go in both practices today. He could be the missing off the bench player the Wizards have been looking for to replace the departed Jarvis Hayes.
2007-08 Washington Wizards Training Camp Roster
# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB From
0 Gilbert Arenas G 6-4 215 01/06/82 Arizona
32 Andray Blatche F 6-11 248 08/22/86 South Kent Prep (CT)
3 Caron Butler F 6-7 228 03/13/80 Connecticut
6 Antonio Daniels G 6-4 205 03/19/75 Bowling Green
15 Willie Deane G 6-1 196 02/23/80 Purdue
22 Jamon Gordon G 6-3 212 07/18/84 Virginia Tech
42 Mike Hall F 6-8 230 06/05/84 George Washington
33 Brendan Haywood C 7-0 263 11/27/79 North Carolina
4 Antawn Jamison F 6-9 235 06/12/76 North Carolina
8 Roger Mason Jr. G 6-5 212 09/10/80 Virginia
44 Tony Massenburg F/C 6-9 250 07/31/67 Maryland
5 Dominic McGuire F 6-9 220 10/20/85 Fresno State
14 Oleksiy Pecherov C/F 7-0 234 12/08/85 Ukraine
9 Darius Songaila F 6-9 248 02/14/78 Wake Forest
2 DeShawn Stevenson G 6-5 218 04/03/81 Washington Union HS (CA)
21 Donell Taylor G 6-5 193 07/26/82 UAB
36 Etan Thomas C 6-10 260 04/01/78 Syracuse
1 Nick Young G/F 6-7 200 06/01/85 Southern California