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Robert Pollin discusses Gilbert Arenas case

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet, Wizards chief executive Robert Pollin says the Gilbert Arenas gun incident "was devastating to myself and my family" and takes a "wait-and-see" approach to the possibility of Arenas returning to the team.

By David Larimer  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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If Abe were still alive, Gilby being gone would be done.....he'd get a royal boot to the @ss worse than what MJ got.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 25, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

This interview shows again how totally skewed and misplaced this team's (especially ownership) hopes and loyalties to Gilbert truly are. I'm not talking about "forgiving Gilbert" for the gun thing. Sure, ultimately it's over and he can play again. I'm all for "forgiveness." It's what the Pollins (and Grunfeld?)think he can accomplish on the court going forward. You can't go deep into the playoffs with your franchise-player refusing or unable to play defense and slowed by three knee surgeries. But because some years ago he "brought excitement" to a team desperate for relevancy it's all okay. Those days are gone. Stop trying to recapture 2005-2008. Be stone cold. Gilbert is, today, a "very good" (not great) offensive player who can create his own shots (while occupying the ball) and give you a strong fourth-quarter option. That's about it, and there are lots of player who can do that. Either admit you're stuck with his $111 salary and deal with it, or try to move or dump him; but please don't suggest that Gilbert is going to average 30 ppg and take us to the promised land, and that he's who rebuild the team around.

Posted by: jweber1 | February 25, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I saw this interview. I wondered whether, by giving interviews and taking a more public role as the CEO of the team, Robert Pollin was sending a message to Ted Leonsis that if he doesn't close the deal on the team soon, the Pollin family might just decide to carry on, and not sell.

It also sends a message to Arenas and the rest of the League that the Wizards aren't going to trade him cheaply, just for the sake of getting rid of him. I.e., they are prepared to put him back on the court in Washington.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | February 25, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Just sell the team to Ted already.

Your family is cursed and your curse is falling onto the Wizards/Bullets fans of this area which is not fair to the people of this fine land.

Once you sell, the curse will be lifted and all will be well. I personally sacrificed a bucket of Popeyes chicken last night to commemorate.

Just do it already!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 25, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Is there any contractual or financial reason for the Pollin's to sell the team? Can't they just keep taking Ted's rent money for the caps?

Posted by: tundey | February 25, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone read this article by Bill Simmons about how the NBA allows rotten teams like the Wizards to continue to spoil their relationships with their fans?

One part of the article refers to how a prospective owner of an NBA team believes that franchises are grossly overvalued particularly b/c of the potential labor strife. Maybe this is why Ted isn't being too quick to buy the Wiz.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | February 25, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Okay, what's with the antlers holding a basketball on the mantle? Isn't this a strange interior decorating idea? Is this his house?

Posted by: MeviousMan | February 25, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: horace1 | February 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: horace1 | February 25, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Dan Steinberg conclusively show that the Bullets -> Wizards name change was strictly a marketing decision, and the Rabin assassination after the name change is just assigning an altruistic purpose to something that was never there in the first place?

I wish someone would call people on that next time they trot out the trite sayings moaning about how arenas could do this to abe.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I saw a little snip of the interview, but the snip I heard made it very much sounds like he was considering keeping the team.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | February 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: MrWillie | February 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What I do not like about another part of the interview was that Robert Pollin stated a possibility of more involvement by the Pollin family in the future for the Wizards! That is devastating news for any true Bullets fans! I can not imagine another 25 years of the same pathetic decisions for this franchise if the Pollins decide to run the team and back out of the "hand-shake" deal with Ted! After all, this is a family that backed out a "wink-wink" deal with Michael Jordan! Here is hoping that there is an "Iron-Clad" contract written some where in favor of Ted.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 26, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the writer above--get this team out of the Pollin family. Otherwise, it will be cursed forever. Even with the Arenas debacle, this team COULD LOOK LIKE CONTENDERS IN AS LITTLE AS A YEAR!! Consider the fact that the team will probably have a top 5 draft pick in June. That could be a really good player--a cornerstone player. Consider they get a mature Arenas back and ready to demonstrate his ability after jail time. Consider the fact that Josh Howard-- a career 20 ppg scorer--comes back from injury in a year. That's three significant "cornerstone" building block players to add to the current team--which is already MUCH better defensively and hustles!! If you got a renewed Arenas putting up say 25 points per game; and you have the top 4 or 5 draft pick--preferably a big man to clog up the middle-- giving you significant production and Josh Howard back from injury averaging another 22 per game--this team suddenly looks like a contender!! Things can change real fast in the NBA when you have talent. And Arenas is still a great talent, like it or not!

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | February 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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