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Wizards (1-2) at Pistons (3-0); Arenas, Team Fined $25,000 Each

Wizards starters: Gilbert Arenas, Mike Miller, Caron Butler Antawn Jamison, Fabricio Oberto

Pistons: Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, Kwame Brown, Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince

Line: Pistons by 4.5.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Gilbert Arenas's refusal to talk has left him a little lighter in the wallet after the NBA on Tuesday fined the once-loquacious point guard $25,000 for failing to make himself available to the media for interviews. The league also fined the Washington Wizards organization $25,000 for failing to ensure that Arenas complied to NBA media interview rules.

This is the second year in a row that Arenas and the Wizards have been fined for him not speaking. He didn't speak on media day last season, which led to a $15,000 fine for both Arenas and the team. Arenas spoke on media day on Sept. 28, claiming that he would only participant to avoid getting fined by the league. "I don't think feel like speaking anymore. I just want to play," Arenas said then. "If I'm not going to get fined, I don't think you're going to hear me again."

Arenas has not spoken since, respectfully declining all interview requests. On Sunday, Arenas told a reporter in Toronto that he wasn't talking anymore. The reporter asked, "Ever?" Arenas replied, "Ever."

"The league has to do what it has to do," Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said. "They have their rules. We have to abide by them."

The court must've improved from the morning because Arenas decided to play on Tuesday. Saunders said would have to give someone a rest against Cleveland tomorrow, with the team playing the second end of back-to-back games.

Saunders, who went 176-70 and made three trips to the conference finals in three seasons in Detroit, got to have a mini-reunion with several of his former Pistons players and staff before the game. He spoke with Tayshaun Prince and had a lengthy conversation with Richard Hamilton. Detroit reporters asked Saunders a lot of questions about his time with the team.

"My only regret is that we didn't win the whole thing being in the city," Saunders said. Pistons President Joe Dumars "gave me a great opp. he always did what he had to do, whether offseason or trading ddeadline, to try and win a championship. the one thing joe always talked about, the championship, that' what it's all about. that mindset always kind of rings in my head."

The Wizards have been in Grand Rapids since Sunday night. Saunders said that he spent the extra time in Michigan to visit his good friend, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo in East Lansing.

Saunders isn't the only member of the Wizards with Michigan connections. Paul Davis is a native of Rochester and played for Izzo at Michigan State. JaVale McGee is a native of Flint, where his mother, Pam McGee, played high school basketball. He also played high school basketball at Detroit Country Day before moving out of state. During the first quarter, a fan yelled at Saunders, "We want to see McGee, Flip!"

You don't hear that everywhere -- yet. But that request might be heard more often if he keeps doing this.

By Michael Lee  |  October 13, 2009; 6:43 PM ET
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No one in the whole organization knew that he HAS to give interviews?

Posted by: Firuz1 | October 13, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

gilbert and abe could find $25,000 in their couches.

Posted by: prescrunk | October 13, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

He think he is concentrating to his game but it sound that he is looking for attension from diffrent perspective.
If the team is not able to persue him to respect rules , how are they going to handle him to follow the regulation of the team?

Posted by: gtefferra | October 13, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear the Wiz are running the break well

Posted by: jdubose1 | October 13, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Javale with a 19ft J, must be his 5th 15+ ft shot this oh my

Posted by: divi3 | October 13, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

McGee put on another dunkathon in the fourth quarter. A couple of the plays were new set plays from Flip

Posted by: ptp23 | October 13, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Wait until he dunks in Howard's face. He won't get Shaq as Shaq will push him down but Howard's going to be in a McGee poster this year.

Posted by: ptp23 | October 13, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: arenasmvp | October 13, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like he has put on some added uper body muscle. By next year he'll be around 265. Remember how skinny Tyson Chandler was when he came into the league. He's got an ugly shot. I am surprised with his mom be a baller that he has some bad technique on his shot. Anyway, Howard still can't shoot beyond 5 feet so there's hope for Javale in the coming years.

Posted by: ptp23 | October 13, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"He's got an ugly shot. I am surprised with his mom be a baller that he has some bad technique on his shot."

Looks like he can hit a 15ft turnaround, ugly or not. My sense would be he needs to bring these shots inside of 12ft and Flip will give him the green light.

Cant be overstated how promising it is to see this kid can apparently far anyway

Posted by: divi3 | October 13, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Fellas, what channel was the game on? I found Boston & NJ, Chi & Mil, but no wiz.

Posted by: Gooddad | October 13, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Pleading the Fifth in basketball dosen't work to well does it. Boy, for $25,000, I think I'd might be inclined to say a few words.

It is all good though, I think I'd rather have a trash talkin' Gill, especially on the floor, but to the media as well.

The media can be brutal with your words, but going silent is really not the right answer either, especially at $25,000 a pop.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 13, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Gil would sound stupid to trash talk and act cocky again after a 2 year break. He's doing the right thing, by focussing on his game and not all his other antics. He wont be able to hold it in forever, but lets let his game do the talking first before he opens his mouth.

Posted by: jabels24 | October 14, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

4 McGee dunks, 4 assists from Blatche!

A couple of fines by Gil not tlaking, we could have paid 1 yr salary for Dejuan Blair!

Posted by: sagaliba | October 14, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mike, where does the $ from all these fines go?

Posted by: EYoung77 | October 14, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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