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Wizards' afternoon brew: the Arenas aftermath

You know it's huge news when it forces the introduction of the new coach of the Redskins to the bottom of the ourse the huge news was that NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Gilbert Arenas indefintely, saying that Arenas was "not fit currently fit to take the court in an NBA game."

In his A1 story, Mike Wise revealed explosive new details about the locker room confrontation between Arenas and Javaris Crittenton.

In his column, Michael Wilbon says: "Don't be surprised to see consideration of a suspension that goes into the 2011 season. Perhaps beyond that, too."

And here is reaction from Coach Flip Saunders, President Ernie Grunfeld and Arenas's teammates gathered by Michael Lee in Cleveland. (By the way, the Wizards lost to the Cavaliers last night, 121-98.)

Mike Jones supported Wise's depiction of the locker room scene on his blog.

Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog recounts a radio interview in which former Wizard Jerry Stackhouse shares his impressions about Arenas.

Steinberg also summed up why Arenas was unfit to take the court (which includes a link to former Wizards assistant coach Dave Hopla's comments) and reminded us what a crazy week this has been for local sports.

Bullets Forever offers a roundup of links to opinions and other stories on the topic.

Around the League ...

In case you missed it (I certainly did), there were 10 games last night. Here are highlights, courtesy of's Daily Zap:

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here is a great article regarding the situation from someone who hasnt lost their mind over the situation

Posted by: jasonma1 | January 7, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The question for the Wiz basketball-wise is should they keep playing for this season since, believe it or not, still just 3 games out of the 8th spot? Or should they try and void Arenas contract, trade Jamison and/or Butler, get a high draft choice and essentially start over?

Posted by: rxs85 | January 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the team should change their name back to the Bullets?

Posted by: Sulphide1 | January 7, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

former assistant coach Dave Hopla's blog.

"Crazy happenings in Washington, DC," he wrote this week. "It will be interesting to see how this is handled by the WIZARDS and the NBA. Thank GOD that I am no longer involved with them."

Wonder if he means that he's thankful to not be involved with the NBA or the Wizzies.

I'm kinda shocked to have seen the entire team laughing during the Gilbert finger shooting picture.

Will David Stern come down on all of them too?

We may not have the best team but right now it's the most interesting.

Posted by: VBFan | January 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Good article. Thanks for the link. I like Steve Czaban's take on it:

"While everybody and their mother is busy killing Gilbert Arenas, allow me to focus on the real issue.

David Stern.

The AWOL Commissioner continues to prove (to me, at least) that he has become the do-nothing, see-nothing, useless hood ornament of a league that continues its PR death spiral.

Stern hit him with an “indefinite” suspension, that “will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, perhaps worse.”

Ooohhhhhh. Shaking.

Why did Stern suspend Arenas? Not for bringing guns into an NBA arena/lockeroom and “jokingly” urging his pissed off team-mate to “pick one” to use to shoot him.


Stern suspended Arenas for clowning."

Posted by: t-train | January 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The question for the Wiz basketball-wise is should they keep playing for this season since, believe it or not, still just 3 games out of the 8th spot?

Posted by: rxs85 | January 7, 2010 1:00 PM |

We've seen the Antawn and Caron movie before. It finished 19-63 last year and got blown out in Cleveland last night.

The real question is- has Caron really lost his game, or has he just quit trying because he's sick of the drama? Is he worth keeping and trying to build around, or have all those heavy minutes finally caught up with him?

Posted by: bryc3 | January 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

just dont trade Arenas sometime next year for pr reasons, while eating a portion of his salary (only way you could trade him). He's head&shoulders better than any other player on the team, it's not even close. His contract cant be voided, so enough with that.

And enough with the unfounded sentiment that leonsis will somehow turn it all around. How? By signing lousy, overpriced FAs for years until the team sucks so bad it wins the lottery when the next Shaq just happens to be coming out? That's what he did with the Caps.

great plan!

remember when Ted punched a fan in the face for saying the team sucked?

maybe he'll have unexpected sympathy for Gil...

Posted by: divi3 | January 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm most disappointed in Jamison (hee-hawing in the infamous trigger-fingers photo). He, if anyone, had the veteran standing and reputation to pull Arenas aside and tell him, "Hey, Gil, you're embarassing yourself, your teammates, the organization, the Pollin family and the city of Washington. You're jeopardizing your season and our season, if not your entire NBA career. Stop Tweeting, stop talking to reporters, stop mugging for the cameras. Play basketball and shut up."

Instead he plays along with Gil's antics, gives mealy-mouthed answers to reporters' inquiries ("It's real tough") rather than holding Arenas accountable. I was genuinely excited about this season and hoping to attend a game later this year. That's pretty much out now. :(

Posted by: blackjack65 | January 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"....or has he just quit trying because he's sick of the drama?"

I think you can say that about half or more of the team. Doesn't look like they are giving anything out there anymore.

Think about it this way. 3 of thier lowly 11? wins are against EJ and the Sixers. Ok, they know how to defend that offense.

Who else have they beaten this year?

I really think your going to see a firesale here very soon.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

It's very simple the players showed who they really are at the Sixers game (a bunch of low IQ clowns).

Why do people on here try to keep defending them? It’s worse than Rush Limbaugh trying to defend the Bush/Cheney administration and I use to be a republican.

Looking at the big picture the players Ernie and Abe assembled should show you what a joke this organization was really like under the old regime.

I gave up my season tickets the year the Wizards had assistant coaches practicing with the team? I hope whom ever the new owner is, they realize the organization needs to be torn down and rebuilt from the bottom up and they don’t keep anyone (players, coaches, trainers, GM, front office personal and the medical staff) who was involved with Abe’s Wizards.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

jasonma1, thanks for the link. Great article and dead on the target. This suspension has nothing to do with Gilbert violating league rules and everything to do with Stern protecting his image (esp. in a way that deflects attention from his stubborn and/or naive unwillingness to directly address (or even acknowledge) the justifiable perception that there's a deep-seated problem with NBA officiating that goes well beyond "rogue ref" Tim Donaghy).

Arenas is a dumbass, but he's a harmless dumbass whose foolishness has unfortunately positioned him as a stalking horse for a lot of people's agendas.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Another thing, I'm with Doyel re: Peter Vescey. The guy is a long-time, well-known hack writing for a tabloid rag that wallows in sensationalism. I cannot believe people were so quick to drink his kool-aid on this.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Arenas is a dumbass, but he's a harmless dumbass whose foolishness has unfortunately positioned him as a stalking horse for a lot of people's agendas."

Really? I don't consider dumbasses playing with guns to be harmless. Just ask Jason Williams. He was another harmless dumbass NBA jokester who just so happened to accidentally shoot his driver and kill him. Ha ha ha....

And, who gives two sh*ts about all this agenda talk. Is protecting the league and it's image one of Stern's primary responsibilities? Sure. So what? Arenas and Crittenton have gone beyond the pale by any reasonable measure and deserve anything coming their way. Like Tracee Hamilton said, Stern essentially was saving Arenas from himself bc his words and deeds were getting dumber by the day.

At least post incident, Crittenton has been smart enough not to incriminate himself and make light of the situation.

Posted by: rphilli721 | January 7, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

EVERYTHING Kalo has had to say on this issue is spot- on. Needed to say that. Measured, thoughtful, analytical. philli, you have made some good points, but in this case, you are definitely too frenzied; that's why I digressed far enough last night to critique a minor point (re: the statement about none of us keeping our job bringing a gun on the workplace). You can't just make up stuff to support your own (valid) disappointment in the situation. Assessing this issue is going to separate the men from the boys, thinking-wise. Who can analyze a situation, and who just gets carried away. Again philli, you've had some good points, and there is still time to keep yourself out of the frenzied side of the peanut gallery.

Posted by: ragtop4spd | January 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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