The status of three-time all-star Gilbert Arenas hovers over just about everything the team does. Arenas did not travel with the team on the current road trip and continues to work out at Verizon Center but has yet to decide whether he is going to play before the end of the season. A source close to Arenas indicated yesterday that he is in the process of making a decision and has not ruled out a return. Following tomorrow night’s game at Phoenix, the Wizards will have 11 games remaining. Arenas has practiced with the team off and on since Feb. 16 and declared his surgically repaired left knee at “full strength” on Feb. 23.
One of the Grizzlies’ offseason priorities will be to sign Rudy Gay to a contract extension. That springtime fact already puts the organization and Gay on the same page for what could be a busy summer. While the 6-8 forward is focused on finishing this regular season on a strong note, Gay has one eye on his future. And Gay said his offseason goal is to work out a deal that keeps him as an integral part of the Grizzlies’ rebuilding.Â
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Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski isn’t thrilled his team got snubbed by the leader of the free world.Â “Somebody said that we’re not in President Obama’s Final Four, and as much as I respect what he’s doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets,” Krzyzewski told a reporter from the Associated Press on Wednesday.Â The president filled out his NCAA bracket for ESPN on Tuesday, and the Blue Devils weren’t among his Final 4 picks. Instead, he has Coach K’s squad falling to Pittsburgh in the Elite 8.Â Obama’s pick to win the Big Dance? Duke’s archrival, the University of North Carolina.
Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will be out of game action one to three weeksÂ after suffering a bone contusion in his left knee during Wednesday’s win against Philadelphia. Barbosa hyperextended his left knee inward when his leg planted as he ran past the basket and looked back at his layup that was blocked. Barbosa left the game. His X-ray was negative.
Kevin Garnett hasn’t played in a game in more than a month. ButÂ based on what Celtics president Danny Ainge has seen behind closed doors in Waltham, he believes Garnett is ready to play. Whether that’s tonight against the Spurs, tomorrow against Memphis, or laterÂ could be determined this morning. Garnett has been out with a sprained right knee he suffered Feb. 19 at Utah. The 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year made the trip to San Antonio, but has not practiced since suffering the injury. Although Ainge is confident Garnett is ready based on his workouts this week, the team is still being cautious.