Gilbert Arenas Makes Surprise Return Against Milwaukee Bucks

aSenior Analyst IApril 2, 2008

Gilbert Arenas is definitely a character.

Who else would play a poker computer game on their laptop during halftime of Washington Wizard's games?

Who else would rather sit in their hotel room and order products (such as colon cleansers) from infomercials instead of going out on the town with their teammates?

Who else would trade a pair of shoes and a jersey for a box of All-Star ballots in an attempt to vote themselves into the game?

Whether it's his hilarious quotes ("Welcome to the hibachi"), crazy blog entries (he once talked about a huge paintball fight he had at his house with teammates), or incredible talent, you have to love Gilbert Arenas.

He may be Washington's most consistent scorer but he's unpredictable in the sense that you never know what he's going to do next.

Arenas was at it again Wednesday night when he returned to action against the Milwaukee Bucks, despite reports that he wouldn't play. 

At the start of tonight's game, Agent Zero was nowhere to be found. Then, with 5:30 left in the first quarter, he strutted out of the locker room and made his way to the Wizard's bench, donning his #0 jersey.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation and he entered the game shortly thereafter. 

It didn't take Arenas very long to find his touch. He came out shooting and at halftime, he was leading the Wizards with 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting including two three pointers. He nailed his first four shots and his only miss came as the shot clock was ticking down and he fired up a long three pointer to beat the buzzer.

He finished the game with 17 points and 2 assists in just under 20 minutes of action.

In November, Gilbert injured his knee and underwent surgery that kept him out for a good portion of the season. He returned to practice in March and while doctors had cleared him to play in tonight's game, Arenas told media he would be sitting out.

Arenas is full of surprises, but one thing is for sure; His presence will definitely help Washington come playoff time.

Arenas has eight games to shake off some of his rust before the regular season ends and the Wizards look to become a dark horse in the postseason.

Right now, Washington holds the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and are a scary team with all of their key players are healthy. 

While Arenas caught many people off guard with his return tonight, the Wizard's biggest surprise could come with a healthy roster and an underdog label when the playoffs start in late April.