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Bog: NBA player says Gilbert is freaking out

From Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog, excerpts from an ESPN the Magazine column by an anonymous NBA player. He mentions Gilbert Arenas twice and Javaris Crittenton once. Look here for the complete bog post. As Steinberg points out, though: "Quoting an anonymous player who's citing 'word around the league' is about as reliable as reading the New York Post ..."

Here's a key quote:

I think this Arenas situation scared a lot of players. But I'm not sure if it will change much. The phone number the NBA gives us to call if we're struggling with alcohol and other things isn't going to start ringing off the hook. Thing is, this wasn't the first time Gilbert messed up. The NBA told him to chill a couple years ago, but I don't think he took it seriously. Word around the league is that he's at home freaking out, calling the NBA every five minutes to fix things, afraid it all might disappear.

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

We don't need Amare or Bosh.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

In what parallel universe could the Wizards not utilize the services of Chris Bosh? Not that he's coming here anyway . . .

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

In what parallel universe could the Wizards not utilize the services of Chris Bosh?
Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:16 PM

the universe called "next season" where Dray is a 25/11 playa!

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Lebron, hatin on our boy blatche?

After first floating the idea in November, LeBron James(notes) will be following through on his plan to honor the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, by changing his uniform number from 23 to 6. The paperwork for the change was filed Monday, just in time to beat the Wednesday deadline.

"I've done it," LeBron told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I already sent it in. I'm going to be No. 6." Now, the league just has to approve the switch, which they will because LeBron's new jersey is sure to be a best-seller, just like when Kobe Bryant(notes) switched from 8 to 24 or Andray Blatche(notes) from 32 to 7. Okay, that last one might not have had jerseys flying off shelves.

Posted by: tony28 | March 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

In what parallel universe could the Wizards not utilize the services of Chris Bosh? Not that he's coming here anyway . . .

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 2, 2010 1:20 PM |


The universe in which Blatche plays power forward for the Wizards. Bosh is playing out of position at the five and Blatche has already shown us that's not his natural position either. If Bosh signs with a team looking to play him at center exclusively, his body will break down (as it is doing now) and he'll be a well-paid, well-dressed spectator on the bench. Don't need him, don't want him.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Who is Alexa Steele?

Posted by: Vicc | March 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


That same anonymous mind-reader told me by telepathy that LeBron has never heard of Bill Russell, who wore #6 and won five more championships than MJ.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The quote about Gilbert may be exaggerated but plausible. The only thing Gilbert cannot do is nothing. He can never leave well-enough alone, take direction, and just chill.

Regarding Bosh, I think LA has shown you can have several versatile Bigs and it can work. But I agree he's not a natural center, would likely set Blatche back, and what we seem to need most going into next year is a point guard that fits into what Flip wants and who can steady this team (and Foye comes off the bench to play either the 1 or 2), and a rugged center who has some offensive skills as McGee develops. Easy to say, hard to find, I know. And, of course, there's resigning Miller for a reasonable amount. So, I guess that just about everything else.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I like hearing Gilbert is flipping out. Makes one think he could leave the foolishness in the past should he gets through this and given we're likely stuck with him for at least 1 season- the more serious he is the better.

no thanks to Bosh, Boozer, Amare...no need to pay those guys just as we think one of our own could be developing into their equals at a young age and bargain price.

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

blatche is living up to his commercial where he says he is waiting for his time to come

Posted by: jefferu | March 2, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I may be virtually alone in this...but I dont think resigning Mike Miller should be that much of a priority. If he agrees to a modest deal befitting a guy we expect to come off the bench, that's fine.

But I think it would be a mistake to set him up as our starter just as his skills and health are probably the most questionable they've been at any point in his career.

Of course the decision isnt being made today, and if he thrives over the next 25 games it's a different story

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I would not target any of the "big" free agents especially if Blatche continues his improvement the remainder of the season. The dream would be Wade. Imagine a lottery pick to go along with Blatche, McGee, and some nice role players we already have - Singleton, Foye. Then add Wade and the return of GA. Instant playoff team in the East and a conference finals contender. One can dream. But, if luck falls our way for once this extreme makeover doesn't have to take 4/5 years especially if Blatche really turns into an all-star caliber player - thx EG.

The EG haters have been awfully quiet lately as have the EJ lovers. EJ is a below average coach and he is proving it once again. Flip on the other hand was handed a disaster of a season and is proving that all he needs is players that want to hustle, compete, and listen. He's made a few questionable decisions late in
games, but it's not the nightly occurrence it was with EJ at the helm. As I said all along, a monkey could coach three all-star players playing like all-stars to the playoffs.

Final note: Singleton sets the best screens I've seen from this team in ages. From the beginning of the season, none of the previous regime seemed to want to do any of the dirty work or little things. This team does and is outperforming the previously more talented team bc of it. That and they actually pass the ball and play as a team.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Jweber - I will repeat that I think we should make a play for Eric Maynor from OKC. Maybe trade NY and something. he is just sitting on the bench as back up insurance. The guy doesn't get much burn, but when he gets a chance on the floor, he makes the most of it. He started 2 games at the beginning of the season for Utah and did exceptionally well.

He is steady as can be, sees the entire floor and when in action seems to react as if everyone else is in slow motion.

I think he would be a good fit for this team.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Mike Miller needs to shoot the daggone ball. That is why he turns it over so much! Always trying to pass it to someone else when he is open. Why doesn't he shoot the ball more. Just wondering.

Posted by: ivyleague | March 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I may be virtually alone in this...but I dont think resigning Mike Miller should be that much of a priority. If he agrees to a modest deal befitting a guy we expect to come off the bench, that's fine.

But I think it would be a mistake to set him up as our starter just as his skills and health are probably the most questionable they've been at any point in his career.

Of course the decision isnt being made today, and if he thrives over the next 25 games it's a different story

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

he's slowly changing my mind about him each game. It's all good, cuz Flip will start him every game regardless of his performance so we'll have plenty of film on him to evaluate.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

probably a bad habit from a month ago when he was the ONLY guy passing.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The quote about Gilbert may be exaggerated but plausible. The only thing Gilbert cannot do is nothing. He can never leave well-enough alone, take direction, and just chill.

Regarding Bosh, I think LA has shown you can have several versatile Bigs and it can work. But I agree he's not a natural center, would likely set Blatche back, and what we seem to need most going into next year is a point guard that fits into what Flip wants and who can steady this team (and Foye comes off the bench to play either the 1 or 2), and a rugged center who has some offensive skills as McGee develops. Easy to say, hard to find, I know. And, of course, there's resigning Miller for a reasonable amount. So, I guess that just about everything else.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

an excellent analysis.
We do not need CB type of players.We realy do not need to push it hard to be a contending column, we will do the same mistake.Right now we have seen a good PF in our roster, we need to complement him with a good rebounding center who can share minutes with JM.We need to work to strengthen our back court.I do not see the value of MM even paying him a midlevel excemption is a failure,let him try some where.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Here is a recent AP story on Arenas for whatever it's worth:

Mar 2, 3:15 PM (ET)

By JOSEPH WHITE

WASHINGTON (AP) -Gilbert Arenas says he'd have "no problem" playing for the Washington Wizards again.

In his first interview since pleading guilty to a felony gun charge in January, Arenas also tells The Associated Press he's not nervous about his sentencing date later this month - as long as the judge goes off the "real story" of what happened when he brought guns to the team's locker room in December.

Arenas spoke Tuesday while helping distribute used fur coats to needy people at an appearance on behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Arenas said he was happy to help PETA because he has "a lot of free time" on his hands. He's been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

Posted by: cannontl | March 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

As far as Mike Miller goes, it is pretty clear that the Wizards are interested in resigning him for next year.

Whether they will be able to at a reasonable price remains to be seen.

Posted by: cannontl | March 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Arenas is quoted today in an interview with the AP stating he'd have "no problem" playing for the Wizards again.

ESPN story (not much else in it): Arenas and Wizards.

Posted by: SteveMG | March 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The EG haters have been awfully quiet lately...

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721

What else is there to say about Eg the guy sucks as a GM which anyone can tell by the Wizards record the last two years.

If you or anyone thinks the Wizards can win a championship with...

Foye
NY
Thornton
Blatche
McGee

as your starters next year you are crazy?

Bringing Gil back won't help and good luck finding a big time free agent who wants to play with a ball hog like Gil.

Look at what has happened to AI and that's all you need to know about Gil's future.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

My Dream scenario which actually can be done:

1.) We sign Joe Johnson to play the two spot. This will be our only big Free Agent splash.
2.) Re-sign Foye or Miller to come off the bence at the gaurd spot.
3.) Land a top 5 pick and somehow draft Evan Turner out of OSU, immediately start him at the 3.
4.) Sign Okur from Utah..a rugged center that can stretch the defense with his shooting.

Starting 5:
1.) Gil
2.) Joe Johnson
3.) Evan Turner
4.) 7 Day Dray
5.) Okur

-Foye or Miller coming off the bench at Guard Spot
-Thornton coming off the bench at the Forward Spot
-McGee coming off the bench to play center.

That is a very tough 8 man rotation.

With our cap room, we can definitely accomplish all this..However, it will take luck to get Turner out of the draft.

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 2, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"...what we seem to need most going into next year is a point guard that fits into what Flip wants and who can steady this team (and Foye comes off the bench to play either the 1 or 2), and a rugged center who has some offensive skills as McGee develops. Easy to say, hard to find, I know. And, of course, there's resigning Miller for a reasonable amount. So, I guess that just about everything else." - jweber1

We gave up the perfect center in Haywood. It's still possible we could sign him as a free agent, but unless we sign someone else, more top tier, there's no point bringing in a vet to eat up time and money. Assuming Blatche proves to be our starting PF, and Arenas comes back (I can't see us finding a taker for him), we are really just short a quality center and one quality 2 or 3 for a potentialy good starting 5. Blatche, McGee, and Thornton are all locked in for 2 seasons at very affordable salaries. You resign Foye at maybe $5-6 mil a year and Miller at $6-8 mil per. You not have two guys between Foye and Miller that can play avaerage starter minutes at the 2, or high quality bench minutes, and 2 guys between Miller and Thornton that can do the same at the 3. If you can land Joe Johnson at the 2, for the max and Haywood at a reasonable price of $8-10 mil for 3-4 years, I say you go for it.

Arenas, Johnson, Miller, Blatche, Haywood -- Foye, Thornton, McGee make your top 8 rotation with Arenas, Johnson, and Blatche logging the most minutes.

Posted by: segastyle | March 2, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

hey jeff...with ur plan...if we could get joe johnson it would be a coup....he is one of the most underrated players in the nba....he plays excellent D as well...but only issue i have is i would not get evan turner to go with gilbert and joe johnson...because i dunno if u have read the scouting reports on him, but he is very ball dominant as well...with gilbert, joe johnson, and the emergence of blatche, we need someone that can play off that group...someone like the kid from syracuse, or the center from kansas may also be a good fit since we already have thornton

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Miller can pass the ball as long as he passes it as soon as he touches it, or after just a couple of dribble. But when he starts doing the drive and kick, that is out of his league. I think the problem resides in that he is not that great a ball handler. When he dribbles he needs to concentrate so much on protecting the ball, he lost sight of where his teammates are.

He is a catch and shoot player that relies on others to create for him. So his importance will be determined by whether or the team can find a drive-and-kick player. So far, no such player on this team.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Blurred--I would be totally cool with moving Nick plus something/someone for Maynor. Part of our pitch to these young talents is: come here and you'll get serious PT and be a go-to guy.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

jasonma1:

I agree with you... Wesley Johnson from 'Cuse would probably be the better fit. He could definitely be available with the Wiz pick. His stats are impressive and he D's up..Sort of reminds me of Rudy Gay.

I feel the 8 man rotation between, Gilbert, Joe Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Blatche, Okur, Thornton, Foye/ Miller, McGee would be the perfect mix.

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Miller,
I'm concerned about two traits in his play:
1. He tends to want to jump when he passes off the dribble. He's 6'8"!

2. His release on his jumper is slow and has a low release point. He needs to be wide open to prevent his shot from being blocked.

Regarding Gil,
(I'm still in the tank for the guy and want him back here.)

Assuming he allows back in the NBA, this will a different locker room than the one he left. Suppose this team continues to play well the rest of the season and that Dray becomes the teams' leader; that Singleton is resigned; and Thornton flourishes here.
These players may dictate a different attitude in the locker room forcing others to conform to a more professional environment.

Posted by: bozomoeman | March 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

If you or anyone thinks the Wizards can win a championship with...

Foye
NY
Thornton
Blatche
McGee

as your starters next year you are crazy?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I am not so sure anyone is thinking Championship next year. That seems a bit unreasonable.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

yeah joe johnson would be amazing if we could get him to come here...but lets be honest...no way atlanta lets him leave...they are 2nd in the east and he is the guy that makes them go...better chance they let josh smith go before they let Joe johnson go...i really don't know what player would come here...i think we're gonna get stuck with whomever we got for the next two years...hopefully we get lucky in the draft...in the end i think we got to give up on the idea of getting one of the premier free agents...i see the more likely scenario of hoping gil blatch and a high pick pan out...then use the remaining space to fill out with complimentary players specifically a solid shooting guard like a courtney lee or michael pietrus

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

oh we also need a solid center

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeffco01 | March 2, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Stay away from ISO-JOE JOHNSON. We just got rid of that type of personnel, or at least, most of them.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse


"Posted by: Blurred I will repeat that I think we should make a play for Eric Maynor from OKC."

- - - - -

I agree. Maynor would be a good fit for this team. Even better than that; Maynor's old teammate, Larry Sanders will be be available in the draft. This kid is a beast! These two guys play well together.

http://www.vcuathletics.com/mbb/0910bios/LarrySanders.php


Posted by: wiz_fan | March 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

anonymous player= Javaris Crittenton

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

jasonma1:

I agree with you... Wesley Johnson from 'Cuse would probably be the better fit. He could definitely be available with the Wiz pick. His stats are impressive and he D's up..Sort of reminds me of Rudy Gay.

I feel the 8 man rotation between, Gilbert, Joe Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Blatche, Okur, Thornton, Foye/ Miller, McGee would be the perfect mix.


Posted by: jeffco01 | March 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

you say slim reminds you of rudy gay,huh? I believe Rudy is a FA this summer too. How bout spending some cash on the real thing and maybe letting MM roll out. A coupla weeks back his effort made him the best wizard before the trade. Now that all of the new guys and some of our youngins are bringin that same energy level and effort, MM doesn't look as special anymore. Really ordinary when he decides to go all Scott Skiles and dish out the dimes versus taking open Js.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Blurred--I would be totally cool with moving Nick plus something/someone for Maynor. Part of our pitch to these young talents is: come here and you'll get serious PT and be a go-to guy.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

trade 2 players for Eric Maynor? And you guys talk about EG. We're gonna trade a player who our coaches won't let off the bench + another guy for a rookie who's on his second team and got to play for neither. Maybe Maynor was quick and tough enough to hang in VCU's conference (CAA or something) but clearly he's no one's answer at pg; and i think Jerry Sloan knows a thing or two about coaching the PG position and the requisite personnel.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"yeah joe johnson would be amazing if we could get him to come here...but lets be honest...no way atlanta lets him leave..."- jasonma1

If I was Atlanta, I wouldn't let him go, but you see reporters and pundits often list him as a viable option for teams this summer because they believe Atlanta won't pay him a max contract and someone out there will.

We could offer him a max, then still have some money for role players. Even if we were lucky enough to land Wall, I'd still go for Johnson. They'd be great together.

Posted by: segastyle | March 2, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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