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Wizards' morning brew: Moving on without Arenas

Michael Lee reported on how the Wizards organization has begun distancing itself from Gilbert Arenas since he was suspended indefintely on Wednesday. Video from NewsChannel 4 shows a large banner featuring Arenas being removed from the 6th Street side of Verizon Center yesterday (via Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog).

In the newspaper, Steinberg also recounted the many pranks Arenas has pulled off over the years.

On Wizards Insider, Lee answered some questions about Arenas's suspension, including how it affects the salary cap and luxury tax.

Metro reporter J. Freedom du Lac rounded up public reaction to Arenas's situation,
and columnist Tracee Hamilton pointed out that Arenas made one wrong move after another.

The New York Times reported on the gambling angle in this whole mess, noting that the New Jersey Nets have banned gambling on team flights. NYT's NBA blog, Off the Dribble, says Arenas's suspension has limited benefit to Wizards financially and analyzes his absence on the court.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says the NBA and the Wizards endorsed Arenas's goofiness.

Around the League ...

There was one game on the schedule last night (12 tonight!) -- the Knicks beat the Bobcats, 97-93.

Here are highlights from NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  January 8, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
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I highly recommend the article to everyone:

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says the NBA and the Wizards endorsed Arenas's goofiness linked above.

Agree or disagree, it is the best food for thought in the whole affair.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 8, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Video from NewsChannel 4 shows a large banner featuring Arenas being removed from the 6th Street side of Verizon Center yesterday.

Gil now you know how MJ felt.

The Pollin family is loyal as long as they are making money on you?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Gil now you know how MJ felt.

The Pollin family is loyal as long as they are making money on you?

Posted by: bulletsfan78

if the team was 2nd in the East and Gil was all the way back from injury, you can guarantee the organization and virtually all the fans would be supporting arenas.

Posted by: divi3 | January 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"DeShawn Stevenson said that the Wizards "might break" if some other tribulation is added to all that they have endured this season."

I feel bad for the team, the aura around this is completely un-professional and I don't blame them for being down.

The thing I will disagree with is Stevenson saying they "need" Gilbert. Gilbert is the reason you're in this and you don't need any of that.

"The Pollin family is loyal as long as they are making money on you?"

That's not fair at all. Gilbert was given the reigns of the team and he let them down big time, AND the NBA. He takes no responsibility for what he does(guns), lies about it, and then slaps the commissioner in the face. That first word on that banner said "Character."

Com'on people stop it.

I will say that I hope the first person out the door when Ted Leonsis takes over is Ernie Grunfeld. He knew what they had in Gil and still gave him that money. He's just as responsible as anyone.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Sad days for a long-time Bullets/Wizards fan. Still, let's resign ourselves to the fact that Gilbert isn't going anywhere, and the plan now has to be for the franchise to rehabilitate him as a person and as a public figure so that he can return to being a top-flight player and an asset to the team. Clearly it's a long-term project but there is no other way as I'm not buying into the idea that his contract can be voided or that he can be traded. So, don't turn your back on him, give him the help and support he needs and whenever the suspension is over and his misdeeds accounted for, he can then return to contributing. Only then can you seriously talk about moving him. Buy low, sell high, not the other way around

Posted by: mugsybol | January 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Wizards moving on WITH A LOT LESS FANS!

Posted by: DMcdonkerton | January 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

if the team was 2nd in the East and Gil was all the way back from injury, you can guarantee the organization and virtually all the fans would be supporting arenas.


Posted by: divi3 | January 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse


If the team was 2nd in the East and Gil was playing lights-out back from injury, then the fans and organization would be doubly disappointed with Gil.

They'd be wondering how/why he'd do something so stupid when he and the team were finally getting back on the right track.

They'd be ticked that his antics were not only jeopardizing his career, but the bright future of the franchise.


Posted by: p1funk | January 8, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Gil now you know how MJ felt.

The Pollin family is loyal as long as they are making money on you?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse


That's just stupid.

The Pollin family had no problem giving him a max-contract when he was gimping around on crutches after surgery. If anything, the Pollins have been TOO loyal to Gil, and now they're sinking for it.

Gil is no longer playing basketball in the NBA.

He's going to be charged with violating gun laws in DC.

Who in their right mind would keep a building-high banner of him up in the middle of the city??

Posted by: p1funk | January 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

i would bet any amount of money p1funk, that gilbert will be playing in the nba...and i will even give u odds if u'd like

Posted by: jasonma1 | January 8, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

p1funk, guarantee you there would be no talk of voiding his deal or trying to move him if the team had been thriving.

Posted by: divi3 | January 8, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The Pollin family is loyal as long as they are making money on you?"

That's not fair at all. Gilbert was given the reigns of the team and he let them down big time, AND the NBA. He takes no responsibility for what he does(guns), lies about it, and then slaps the commissioner in the face. That first word on that banner said "Character."

Com'on people stop it.

I will say that I hope the first person out the door when Ted Leonsis takes over is Ernie Grunfeld. He knew what they had in Gil and still gave him that money. He's just as responsible as anyone.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

A good owner who knew anything about basketball would have told Ernie not to resign Gil in the first place. But Abe knew fans would fill up the Verizon Center once Gil came back and if you remember Gil Arenas has had previous weapons charges as he was suspended in the 2004-05 opener for the season when he plead no contest to a misdemeanor weapons and vehicles charge when he had a concealed weapon while driving without a license back in 2003.

Do you think the Wizard organization is going to give back money to the people who bought season tickets?

NO!

They conned everyone over the last 3 years in regards to Gil's injury and now that people have spent their money guess what too bad.

If you’ve ever read any of my post you would know I think Gil is a poor man’s AI and I’ve always stated he is too short to play SG and doesn’t have the skills to play PG. I put all of the blame on Gil’s shoulders for his mess.

I agree Ernie needs to go, but if the new owner is a smart businessman he needs to understand the Wizard organization is and has been a joke and everyone needs to be replaced.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This really is crazy land now. I am genuinely amazed at how the public perception and media commentary has pushed this story. We are all acutely aware of Gil's immaturity and need to act out but to paint this as anything sinister just seems silly.

I originally felt he would receive a misdemeanor charge and then be saddled with a 10 game suspension but all rational thinking has to be thrown out now. That the Wizards are removing images of Gil from the Verizon Center says to me Gil will not return as a Wizard. I would understand the reaction if Gil had done something intentionally malicious but not for simply the worst conceived joke imaginable.

I wonder if Gil has passed his jester hat over to Nick Young yet. Hope NY smells the coffee and sees that by simply being a goofball his boy is now being hung over a cliff.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 8, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The shame is that Gilbert was starting to look quick and agressive. I've been enjoying watching him improve over the last month. Now there is no reason to watch a Wizards game.

Incidentally, DC's gun laws are predicated on a fantasy, i.e., that preventing non-criminals from owning guns will reduce the overall rate of gun violence because it will make guns scarce, even for criminals. Give me a break! That is idiot logic.

Until we let non-criminals walk around with guns on their hip there will be no end to street violence. If any of you have ever lived in an 'open carry' state, then you know what I mean. Who the he}} is going to go after a man with a gun at his side? It is an intimidating deterent, believe me.

Posted by: MeviousMan | January 8, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

He should be punished appropriately for what he did.

But I find the scale of the possible punishments discussed and the moral outrage of the sports writers to be delusional - but more likely opportunistic. Sports writers project the worst to get click.

And wiz fans may be guilty of wishing for an "out" after seeing that the team isn't as good as most of us hoped.

Seems like a simple formula: moral grandstanding + wishing to void contract = lots of page views.

Posted by: cballer | January 8, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Where was all this moral outrage from the NBA and the public when Kobe Bryant was taking chartered jets back and forth from Denver to LA during his rape trial/ Where were the harshly-worded statements from stern or Lakers' owner Jerry Buss? The Wizards and the NBA are falling all over themselves trying to pretend like Arenas doesn't exist now, but they had no problem continuing to use Bryants likeness in their advertising and raking in the broadcast revenue from his playoff performances. Moreover, during the playoff games, the announcers fairly gushed over his ability to block out all of his personal problems and play like everything was normal, the very same attitude that got Arneas indefinitely suspended, despite the fact that he has yet to be charged with a crime, let alone arrested or tried for one.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Where was all this moral outrage from the NBA and the public when Kobe Bryant was taking chartered jets back and forth from Denver to LA during his rape trial/ Where were the harshly-worded statements from stern or Lakers' owner Jerry Buss? The Wizards and the NBA are falling all over themselves trying to pretend like Arenas doesn't exist now, but they had no problem continuing to use Bryants likeness in their advertising and raking in the broadcast revenue from his playoff performances. Moreover, during the playoff games, the announcers fairly gushed over his ability to block out all of his personal problems and play like everything was normal, the very same attitude that got Arneas indefinitely suspended, despite the fact that he has yet to be charged with a crime, let alone arrested or tried for one.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, Kobe was pleading innocent and was later vindicated. Gil ALREADY admitted to bringing guns into the arena, which is not only a crime but a violation of the CBA.
There is absolutely no correlation between both circumstances.
Now, I would agree that this story is getting much more negative press than it actually deserves. If the same focus and determination to prosecute worse criminals is demonstrated, the crime rate in this country would be negligeable.
This is also a situation where Ernie is trying to bail himself out probably by trying to void this horrific contract that he offered Gil.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | January 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

". . .his ability to block out all of his personal problems and play like everything was normal, the very same attitude that got Arneas indefinitely suspended . . ."

Since you're too intelligent to have posted this with a straight face, I suspect you're just egging on some less thoughtful posters.

Posted by: nmik | January 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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