Monday , Aug , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Injury forces Arenas off USA Basketball team

Seoul, Korea (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas
suffered a groin strain during Team USA’s practice on Monday and will be
forced to withdraw from contention for the 2006 World Championship team.

“We know Gilbert is really disappointed, he’s done a great job,” said USA
Basketball senior national team managing director Jerry Colangelo. “It’s an
unfortunate situation but he is not going to be able to continue on. We’re
concerned because he has had a history regarding groin pulls. This is a
precautionary move but it is important that he return home and get treatment.”

Arenas played in each of the four USA pre-World Championship games, averaging
3.8 points per game and 2.3 rebounds.

Team USA has won all four of its exhibition encounters and will conclude its
exhibition schedule against Korea on Tuesday afternoon.

Preliminary games in the 2006 World Championship begin August 19.