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Faking an injury is never a good idea

I have never heard of a player faking an injury to get another guy playing time in a game. Practice yes. In the movies yes. But in a real game no.

When I first saw the story about Gilbert Arenas I thought to myself that after everything Gilbert has been through, why would he place himself in a situation like this? Well I guess he didn't feel as though it was that big of a deal. It's preseason, Nick Young could be the odd man out, he's Gilbert's friend, so help a friend.

Helping a friend is okay in my book. However, deceiving the coaching staff is not. You don't fake injuries. You lose the trust of your teammates. You lose the trust of the coaches. You lose the trust of the training staff. You also lose a degree of trust from the fans. This doesn't mean the trust is all gone, but it will have a damaging effect on your credibility and your dependability.

The good thing about this incident is that it's a singular issue so this won't, in my opinion, impact how the fans view the Wizards. That is a positive.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 14, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
 
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It is disappointing that Arenas lied to his coach and teammates. However the game is a preseason game and not a "real" game.

Posted by: verbal8 | October 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Lavar you are gilberts good friends. Your wifes are friends and your kids play together, why dont you mentor him and tell him to mature up and be a man. Stop this silly behaviour otherwise he will be out of NBA and would be doing drive time radio talk show. He ahs tremndous talentto have it wasted on stupid pranks. Please be a mentor and teach the borther and make a difference in his life and aslo in Wizard transtion to excellence.

Posted by: maz3 | October 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Here is my question, and a question that I think LaVar or some other media person should be asking.


If Gil had gone to his coaches and asked them to just give Nick Young some of his pre-season playing time, would they have done it, and why not take that approach first?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That sounds easy, sure. Being Gilbert, would you want to see the fans at the game wondering why Arenas isn't playing? Want them to think he's benched for no reason? Who knows, maybe give John Wall his home debut for him to shine and let Nick Young get involved? Did Gil make a selfish and honest mistake or did he do it on purpose to find a way to get traded or put the spotlight back on him? This is coming from a man who says who takes pride in the past 8 years playing here and knows that "everyone loves him". Who knows... all I know is everyone is making a big deal about nothing.

Posted by: alex35332

"If Gil had gone to his coaches and asked them to just give Nick Young some of his pre-season playing time, would they have done it, and why not take that approach first?"

Posted by: Ron_Man | October 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I see similarities between this and Mike Wise faking it on Twitter! No wonder they like each other so much...

Posted by: KarK | October 15, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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