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It didn't take long for Gilbert Arenas to earn headlines in his return to the Wizards. Arenas begged out of playing in a preseason game because of injury, only to then announce to reporters that the supposed injury was a ploy to get teammate Nick Young more minutes.
As coaching moves go, it worked out pretty well. Young scored 24 points in his quest for regular-season minutes and the Wizards gave the fans in the Verizon Center a win against the Hawks. But the Wizards apparently weren't amused, fining Arenas an undisclosed amount. Arenas blamed the media for making a big deal of the story, but was this the latest installment of Arenas causing problems or a gesture of selflessness we should embrace?
Here are a few of the positives listed on John Wall's ESPN.com draft scouting report:
And here's the biggest positive on Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's scouting report:
That last one, of course, is Prokhorov's net worth, according to the Forbes rankings of the world's billionaires (he comes in two spots behind Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen).
So, no, the Nets didn't win the draft lottery and a chance to draft Wall, didn't even win the consolation prize of the No. 2 pick and Evan Turner. But they do still have a few billion cards in their favor when it comes to rebuilding the team with the worst record in the league. Meanwhile, as Michael Wilbon writes in the Washington Post, the Wizards have a chance to draft a player who could ultimately help them land Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant.
Which side of that equation do you think makes for a brighter future?
If Cousins wasn't such an idiot would he be the #1 overall pick?
I don't think idiot is the right word. Moody may be more like it. But yes, if he has the off-the-court rep of Evan Turner, he would be in very strong competition with Wall for No. 1. Full transcript
Wiz need to trade down the pick to another team and raid their roster for 2 impact vets. Wall will waste away in DC” -- HowardBison94
Wizards just need to suck it up for one more year. Carmelo Anthony is from Baltimore and would love to play for the Wizards. With Wall there, it will make his decision easier to come back home. Bank on it. It couldn't get better than that!!” -- LiftOff23
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The news that Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton have been suspended for the remainder of the season isn't what we in the business call a big surprise. Commissioner David Stern isn't exactly known for his lenient take on his players displaying guns in the locker room (or anywhere, really); if there's any surprise here, it's that Arenas and Crittenton didn't get an even harsher penalty for their actions.
Very few members of SportsNation saw Arenas playing again this season. Three times as many thought he'd never play in the NBA again. It's a difficult situation for the man of a thousand self-determined nicknames. His stock had been on a steady decline even before the incident, as the Wizards have failed to make a deep playoff run during his tenure as their marquee player. At the beginning of January, NBA fans were almost evenly split on whether or not they'd want him on their team. Now that the length of Arenas' suspension is finally known, that tie could be broken either way.
suitable punishment. he'll be back, and a better person next season.” -- elcherry
A little harsh IMO. A month would have been more than sufficient. Kind of unfair to the rest of the team.” -- triple_double_32
Sad ending to a fun little era in DC in the grand scheme of things....Gil has done alot in the DC area for the kids in the community and its sad to see this is the ending of his time here...The punishment fits the crime and as the Wiz franchise goes....he will get his contract voided and some team in the league will get a 25+ per game scorer who's just getting his legs back at 25 cents on the dollar....typical Bullets/Wizards luck” -- diego1115
We assume David Stern doesn't actually type up his own releases, and that's probably just as well for the keyboards at NBA headquarters. The guy knows how to convey a tone of voice, spoken or written, and "not currently fit to take the court" conveys nothing if not seething rage directed Gilbert Arenas' way.
SportsNation largely agreed with the nature of Wednesday's punishment, an indefinite suspension with the potential for even worse. And maybe it's not Tiger Woods, but it adds up to a big implosion for a guy who was still the face of a franchise about a week ago.