"I know he's probably real excited to get going," Jason Kidd said. "I'm just excited to see him back and healthy."
Kidd expects to have his hands full with Arenas in Tuesday night's season opener. Actually, Kidd is one of several Dallas Mavericks that will take turns trying to slow down the Wizards' explosive point guard. Expect Quinton Ross, who will likely start in place of rehabbing Josh Howard, to guard Agent Zero to open the game.
The Mavericks witnessed firsthand that Agent Zero, who played only 15 games over the last two seasons, can still fill it up and effectively run the offense. He had 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting and nine assists in 21 minutes during the Mavs' preseason trip to Washington.
"He looks great physically and I think emotionally and spiritually, too," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He looks revived. He's a guy that can beat you basically single-handedly. We're going to have to be ready to deal with him."
The Wizards will have to rely more on Arenas' scoring ability than they would like early in the season. Forward Antawn Jamison is expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury.
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