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Wizards Open Training Camp With Optimism and Without Etan Thomas Who Remains Not Clear to Play With Heart Irregularities

Richmond, VA–
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

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