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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 2, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
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DA says with some confidence that Crittenton will be back. If he's right, I'm going to believe a heck of a lot more fervently in the herd mentality of non-beat sports writers. Seems like most everyone whose main gig isn't covering the NBA acts like it won't be a surprise if he's gone, with the implied message that bit players with problems don't play.

Why risk being wrong alone? Everyone knows Wizards games have more diversity. ;^)

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

i thought that about Critt from day one of this happening. What leverage does he have to salvage his career. Arenas is a $100M investment. he will get another shot and they hope he grows up.

I get a little hint of no sympathy towards Arenas. I'm glad the peer, anonymous or not, seems to say Gilbert was stupid just as many other players are sure to follow suit.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound wrong to me either...the logic sounds correct:

Player A(renas) has some issues but he is REALLY good, so lets take a chance. Player C(ritt) isnt that good AND he has issues, no need for him here.

Posted by: DMcdonkerton | March 2, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"but I'm more interested in what the NBA might have told Arenas to "chill" about a couple years ago"

I dunno...didn't he get convicted of a gun possesion in LA, then he got arrested for disobeying police in miami beach...

i'm sorry, he did't hijack flight 103, so that may have not ringed a bell with you.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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.

By Dan Steinberg | March 2, 2010; 11:02 AM ET

Make that TWO ?? - marks. Don't forget that his foot has not healed yet - by his own admission.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"did...hijack flight 103, so that may have not ringed a bell with you."

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

OMG, when did he hijack flight 103?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

okay what was the purpose of this insightful information? lawd have mercy - y'all can't wait til the 26th to start drowning us in Gilbert news?

Posted by: blackman1 | March 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

we clearly need to take this guy's word with a grain of salt. it's an obvious exaggeration based on hearsay and scuttlebut that gilbert called the league office to apologize. this isnt news, it's obvious and expected. that some guys in the nba are making fun of gilbert over the whole situation isnt exactly shocking.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | March 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Critt IS done because his value wasn't high to begin with.

We all know how this works man...you cut a backup linebacker that falls asleep in a meeting but you bench the first rounder that misses practice cause he overslept. It's the same in all the leagues with only the contract size and the guaranteed money as the barometer. It's about worth and value and cost and his value is low, his worth is low and his cost is low enough not to miss.

Posted by: kahlua87 | March 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there's a rumor that this anonymous player-blogger is an @ssclown, too. You heard it first here.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Does the grand conspiracy to keep Javaris out of the NBA reach back to BEFORE he got involved in gun play, as the guy played zero minutes all season before the big incident.

And even if the NBA blackballs the guy: if it is a close call for him to get a job over a guy wo has not toted a gun in an NBA locker room and the other guy gets the gig, so be it.

Posted by: dfh21 | March 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What else would you expect from ESPN (Enabling Sports Personalities Network)?

Somebody needs to kill off everything in Bristol, CT. All the Josh Elliot's, the Robert Flores', the "BOO-YAH's," the "COOL AS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PILLOW's," the Skip Bayless', the Marcellus Wiley's, the Keyshawn Johnson's, the Jay Williams' and Doug Gottleib's, the Craig James'...keep Jalen Rose, John Kruk, and Wilbon/Kornheiser and the Around the Horn gang though as they are not entirely Bristol brainwashed.

I don't wanna go on a rant here, but to hire a guy specifically to spew verbal feces (I love ya TK!) 24/7 and then suspend him for calling out the a.m. cougar is absurd. He was spot on with his assertion and even the most extreme feminazi would agree. He could have been blindfolded the other 4 days that same week, repeated himself, and he would have been just as accurate as that particular day. Hannah Storm needs a **FABULOUS** Izaac Mizrahi makeover/intervention every day of her life!

Obviously he is paying for Steve Phillips' transgressions. Obviously, ESPN jumped the shark when Dan Patrick left. I would say I wish he & Olbermann were back running Sportscenter, but then Glenn Beck would surely take over the world and do his best Adam West in Quahog imitation.

Posted by: KellRawLive | March 2, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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