NBA player says Gilbert's "freaking out"
Now that the crush of Gilbert Arenas legal updates has temporarily faded, we haven't heard much of anything from the man himself for weeks. During a recent interview with 106.7 The Fan, Andray Blatche said Gilbert texts him after every game to offer advice and encouragement, but Blatche didn't say much about Gilbert's mindset.
For that, turn to the latest ESPN the Mag, which in this issue premiered a column from "NBA Player X," an anonymous "NBA star" who will provide updates on what the NBA is really like, dishing so much truth that he couldn't possibly use his real name. Brave.
Anyhow, his first column touches on Gilbert twice. I'll quote him, provided it doesn't violate The Post's policy against anonymous sources.
I think this Arenas situation scared a lot of players. But I'm not sure if it will change much. The phone number the NBA gives us to call if we're struggling with alcohol and other things isn't going to start ringing off the hook. Thing is, this wasn't the first time Gilbert messed up. The NBA told him to chill a couple years ago, but I don't think he took it seriously. Word around the league is that he's at home freaking out, calling the NBA every five minutes to fix things, afraid it all might disappear.
Quoting an anonymous player who's citing "word around the league" is about as reliable as reading the New York Post, but I'm more interested in what the NBA might have told Arenas to "chill" about a couple years ago, and whether he really didn't take it seriously. Tell us more, NBA Player X!
Then there was this, about Javaris Crittenton:
I know of a situation in which a starter got benched because the owner's son is friends with the guy who replaced him. Stuff like that happens all the time, and it's not always the coaches making the decision. Sometimes it comes from above. I'm pretty sure, for example, that Javaris Crittenton will be blackballed after his gun incident with Gilbert Arenas. Gilbert is a former All-Star with a big contract. He'll play again. But most players think Javaris is done, that GMs won't touch him. That's wrong.
If it's true, I'm not sure it's wrong. Crittenton was a bit player before this, and adding another question mark on top of that seems like a fair thing for GMs to consider.
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