Monday , Mar , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas Denied Return by Doctors

An unhappy Gilbert Arenas learned Sunday night that he had not been cleared to play by Washington Wizards team doctors, dashing his hopes of returning in the nationally televised game against the Detroit Pistons — or anytime soon.

Arenas took part in the shootaround Sunday morning and was so confident that he would be in uniform against the Pistons that he didn’t bring proper attire to sit on the bench as an injured player.

As he exited the locker room about an hour before the game, Arenas told reporters: "Y’all don’t have to write any more. I’m not coming back this year." But he reappeared during the first half of the game, wearing a tan sport coat as he took his seat on the bench. [ESPN]