Sunday , Mar , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas May Return for West Coast Trip

I don’t know,’ Arenas said when asked about his status following the Wizards’ win at Miami Friday night. ‘Like I said, I’m 50-50 every day.’

The team did not practice yesterday because the arena was occupied by the NCAA tournament. The squad will meet this morning for a lengthy shoot-around. Arenas, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery Nov. 21, has been practicing and said he is concentrating on ‘getting my wind back.’

He will travel with the team as it opens a five-game road trip at Portland on Tuesday night and hinted that he may make his return at some point during the trip. All-star forward Antawn Jamison said his ‘gut’ tells him that Arenas may be close to a return.

‘I think it’s sooner rather than later,’ Jamison said. ‘He’s been really pushing it, going hard lately with no setbacks, so I think somewhere on this trip, he’ll make an appearance and start playing.’ []