The Tired Act
Gilbert Arenas has struck again.
The already tired act has just added another chapter.
On Tuesday, before the Washington Wizards preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks, Arenas told head coach Flip Saunders that his knee was not feeling all that great and that he was going to sit out the game. Saunders then decided to start Nick Young in his place at the #3 guard.
Turned out that Arenas had the whole thing planned.
Arenas told the Washington Post that he faked the injury so that Young could get more playing time. It's the latest round in his tumultuous time in the nation's capital, which has included: bringing guns to the locker room and subsequent 50-game suspension. Then he spent time in a halfway house after his cooperation and plea bargain with the District of Columbia Authorities. The practical joker went too far and the Wizards removed every part of 'Agent Zero' from the Verizon Center and Arenas went from the face of the franchise to having no identity.
Now with Washington re-establishing its identity around point guard and number 1 draft pick John Wall, Arenas has entered training camp and the preseason with a darker, more serious attitude. He was been ordered by NBA Commissioner David Stern to keep silent about the gun incident. Of course with the way Arenas has acted in the past, it's very hard to take him seriously. Arenas has hinted that his future in Washington is essentially done after he stated that he's going to show John Wall the ropes and move on (If Wall is smart, he will avoid his advice). He changed his number to #9, and is no longer smiling and joking, proclaiming that this Gilbert is "serious" and no longer about "fun". Now with faking knee injuries. What is going to happen when he's ACTUALLY hurt? Will the team believe him or not?
Essentially the Wizards are stuck because of the massive contract they gave Arenas. And with no team really willing to take the enigmatic guard off the team's hands (even to help their teams' needs) for reasons of: a) the money, and b) the headache, the acts are going to continue. No matter how serious Gilbert wants to be, and no matter how much he wants to not draw attention, he's drawing more attention regardless.
Gilbert, just go back to what you know and what we all know. The serious act is more of a joke than your prankster side.