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.
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