Gilbert Poised To Make Return to Washington Saturday

Nkwa AsonyeContributor IMarch 27, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 21:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards tries to get around LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena April 21, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas has always had a way with words.

And concerning what will be his season debut with his team, this is no different.

To begin this mini-episode, Arenas text messages Comcast SportsNet that “I’m playing Saturday against Detroit.” 

But when asked about it twice, he told the Washington Post that “It’s only true if I’m playing on Saturday” and the Washington Times that “the plan” is not quite confirmed yet.

But here’s the real question: Does it matter?

The “Anti-Magic” have sunk to a depressing low.  They are last in the Eastern Conference and are just a few games away from being dead last in the entire NBA
One would think that a team with young talent like Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler would at least put up a fight against powerful teams like Boston, Orlando, and Cleveland

Losing their emerging center, Brendan Haywood, before the season started was a blow to a team with somewhat limited inside presence.  Then All-Star Coach Eddie Jordan was fired, and now Washington is simply playing for pride—if you can call it that.

Arenas is not going to swoop in like a Captain Save-Em and all of a sudden salvage the Wizards’ season.  In the midst of his six-year deal, he hasn’t even played a full season! 

There is absolutely no rush for the All-Star, and it’s time for Washington to adopt the creed of every playoff-jilted or absolutely horrible team: "Wait til next year."