Thursday , Sep , 17 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

‘Full-strength’ Gilbert Arenas: Nobody Can Guard Me

And now, less than two weeks before the Wizards start training camp, Arenas and Mr. Grover say the guard is at full strength and better than ever – a claim that, if true, makes his decision to finally work with Mr. Grover look brilliant and, perhaps, career-saving.

"Nobody could guard me before, and can’t nobody guard me now," Arenas, 27, told The Washington Times last week, breaking a silence he maintained since departing for Chicago in July. "If I hadn’t come up here, I’d be starting off the season with a 95 percent chance that I’d be sitting out more games. … [Mr. Grover] saved my career."

Arenas was one of the best and most electrifying players in the National Basketball Association when he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee near the end of the 2006-07 season. He underwent surgery, made an aborted comeback attempt the next season, underwent surgery again, came back later that season and underwent a third surgery that kept him out of all but two games last season.