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Gilbert Arenas: Halfway house behind him, Wizards guard returns home

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas arrived back at his Great Falls home Friday morning -- not without some difficulty and in no mood to talk, according to the AP -- after being released earlier from a halfway house, where Arenas spent a month as part of his sentence for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.

Metro's Dan Morse writes that Arenas left a good impression on his fellow residents, several of whom agreed to discuss their famous housemate.

By From staff reports  |  May 7, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
 
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Time for a fresh start Gil, I welcome you back. This story is abit late, ESPN had in 1st thing this AM.

Posted by: Gooddad | May 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Inexcusable, huh, Gooddad?

Posted by: gimmedat | May 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert will be a New York Knick before the 2010 sesason starts. Bank it.

Posted by: and_1 | May 7, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

2010 *season*

Posted by: and_1 | May 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I know he likely wasn't trying his hardest, but to hear that even the guys in the halfway house were able to score on Arenas made me laugh.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Do you think we could talk Ernie into giving Arenas a contract extension?

Posted by: jacksonward1 | May 7, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I know he likely wasn't trying his hardest, but to hear that even the guys in the halfway house were able to score on Arenas made me laugh.

Posted by: ts35

LOL. Arenas is already on thin ice with Wiz mgmt. No sense blowing out a knee while doin' time.

Posted by: and_1 | May 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Arenas has served as a mentor for juvenile offenders at New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel.

For him, that has meant his own room, according to residents, and trips to a nearby Gold's Gym in the evenings.

Did he tell the kids make sure you make a lot of money so if you get into trouble in this country and you have money you can get off?


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dorsey said he saw him there, playing spades with other inmates.

Was he playing for money?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

you have money you can get off?
............

That's what she said!


Posted by: millineumman | May 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gilbert, it's warm outside. Start a new leaf. Act normal and ditch the hood. We know who you are. Why dress like a punk?

Posted by: interactingdc | May 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Dorsey said he saw him there, playing spades with other inmates.

Was he playing for money?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 7, 2010 2:39 PM

More importantly, if he was losing, did he pay up in a timely manner or did he try to change the rules in the middle of the game and leave his card partner to settle a debt, resulting in insults/threats being hurled and gunplay?

I'll assume the former.

Posted by: and_1 | May 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Here come the haters!!!! Let the man be!! He's done what the Judge said he had to...so let's move on!!

Nothing to see here....keep it moving!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | May 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

icing his knee after halfway house games? ugh

Posted by: divi3 | May 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Arenas didnt play any defense at the Half-way house either...same old Gil!

Posted by: intensecalm | May 7, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wiz management are being quiet and saying Arenas will return until the FA period plays out. If NY doesn't land a marquee FA like LeBron, Wade, or Bosh, they may be compelled to roll the dice and trade for Arenas. He'd fit in well with D'Antoni's shoot from anywhere offense / no defense philosophy. The Knicks have showed the will take on bad contracts such as Arenas in the past.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm pumped for the 3rd....4th comeback of Gilbert Arenas. This time its a redemption story...again.

Posted by: jefferu | May 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Somebody over on the Redskins' blog posted a link to a Forbes article on ten big sports myths -- kicking the FG on 4th and goal, etc. Anyway, one of the 'myths' was 'Phil Jackson Only Wins Thanks to Superstars'. Here's the text:

"Sure, there's no way Jackson wins 10 titles without Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. But the numbers show he makes a significant statistical difference in his players' performances, based on their improvement upon joining one of his teams. Close behind Jackson: Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson, Flip Saunders and, yes, Isiah Thomas. Among those not making a difference: Pat Riley, George Karl and Jerry Sloan."

Posted by: Samson151 | May 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Is part of Gil's sentence to dress like Batman?

Posted by: randysbailin | May 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

icing his knee after halfway house games? ugh

Posted by: divi3

There's nothing particularly telling about that. He'll likely be doing it for the rest of his career. It also depends on the surface they were playing on.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was pretty interesting, excerpted from the book Stumbling on Wins by economists Schmidt and Berri:

1) "We find that players who appear in the NCAA Final Four can see their draft position improve by about twelve spots in the subsequent NBA draft. But if the player returns to college and fails to appear in the Final Four the next season, the Final Four effect vanishes (so there is clearly an incentive to leave college early).

2) "...there's no evidence that players who appear in the Final Four play better in the NBA. Once a player enters the NBA... a player's draft position still impacts the allocation of playing time (even after one controls for performance) more than two years into a player's career. Such research - which other studies have confirmed - suggests that decision-makers in the NBA have a hard time letting go of an initial evaluation of a player. And that's true even if that initial evaluation - as the study of the impact Final Four appearances have on draft position suggests - is flawed."

Not that you haven't suspected the above...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Somebody over on the Redskins' blog posted a link to a Forbes article on ten big sports myths -- kicking the FG on 4th and goal, etc. Anyway, one of the 'myths' was 'Phil Jackson Only Wins Thanks to Superstars'. Here's the text:

"Sure, there's no way Jackson wins 10 titles without Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. But the numbers show he makes a significant statistical difference in his players' performances, based on their improvement upon joining one of his teams. Close behind Jackson: Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson, Flip Saunders and, yes, Isiah Thomas. Among those not making a difference: Pat Riley, George Karl and Jerry Sloan."

Posted by: Samson151

I'll have to go find that article, sounds interesting. I wonder though, that if Phil always has superstars, that the presence of superstars is just as responsible for the improvement of other players' performances?

And I'll take Sloan before anyone else on that list except Pop and maybe Jackson.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

i dont think Phil can coach his way out of a paper bag (relative to sloan,brown), but there's no denying how well he motivates players and makes cohesive units.....via the one or two league MVPs that are always on his teams.

seen that Spike Lee joint Kobe workin, or whatever it is? There is no doubt whose top dog on that team, and it aint the Coach

Posted by: divi3 | May 7, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

By the way, a certain Ted Leonsis is one of the folks who strongly endorses Schmidt and Berri's model and the book Stumbling on Wins (I thought that might be of interest). Available in your local bookstore...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, I just seperate the deed from the doer. It's sad when you do well no one remembers but when you do wrong everyone forgets. Gil has done LOTS from the DMV; schools, children, community service, etc. Hopefully he approached his time away from a posture of growth and can HOPEFULLY be on the same page as the team and make a deep playoff run next year.

Inexcusable, huh, Gooddad?

Posted by: gimmedat | May 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Gooddad | May 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I think gimmedat was referring to your comment about the WaPo being late with the story.

Posted by: and_1 | May 7, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I see TOM T. is discussing HC job. How many times was he asked by the WIZARDS?

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

By the way, a certain Ted Leonsis is one of the folks who strongly endorses Schmidt and Berri's model and the book Stumbling on Wins (I thought that might be of interest). Available in your local bookstore...

Posted by: Samson151

Already plowing my way through Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball, apparently another Ted fave.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"Already plowing my way through Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball, apparently another Ted fave."

Okay, now I'm worried.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

i dont think Phil can coach his way out of a paper bag (relative to sloan,brown), but there's no denying how well he motivates players and makes cohesive units....."

Which, by any meaningful measure, is a huge part of coaching. Many would argue it's more important than Xs and Os.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Close behind Jackson: Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson, Flip Saunders and, yes, Isiah Thomas. Among those not making a difference: Pat Riley, George Karl and Jerry Sloan."

The part about Thomas may surprise some people, but Bird took over as Pacers GM and the death watch for Thomas's coaching days started, one of the arguments most often made in his favor was that the players loved playing for him. I recall that Jermaine O'Neal was very vocal in his support of Thomas.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

i dont think Phil can coach his way out of a paper bag (relative to sloan,brown), but there's no denying how well he motivates players and makes cohesive units....."

Which, by any meaningful measure, is a huge part of coaching. Many would argue it's more important than Xs and Os.

Posted by: kalo_rama

If I had a team that was loaded with stars, Phil would far and away be the coach I would choose. Balancing egos and roles and playing time is definitely a useful and specific NBA coaching skill.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Already plowing my way through Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball, apparently another Ted fave."

Okay, now I'm worried.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Have you read it? Or just not a fan of Simmons? So far, it's very funny. The only part I can't stand is the Celtics worship, but Simmons is pretty upfront about being a Celtics homer.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Balancing egos and roles and playing time is definitely a useful and specific NBA coaching skill.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 4:45 PM

No doubt.....but I think you can make the case Doc Rivers has shown himself to be every bit as adept in that dept. Who has Jackson ever developed into an elite player? Rondo is top-shelf now, and it's obvious he needed some special attention.

Off the top of my head....i cant think of any players that Phil developed. Seems like his teams have been interchangeable role players coupled with already elite players. even Pippen was already tearing it up by collins' departure

Posted by: divi3 | May 7, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I just find Simmons' stuff almost impossible to digest.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

A little more from the guys (Schmidt and Berri) on their Wins Produced measure of player productivity -- which they take pains to note tells us how productive a particular player was, but not WHY --

"Players who do many things well – like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett – are very productive players, just like most people believe."

"Players who only score, though, or have deficiencies in their game (i.e. low shooting efficiency, high turnover rates) – like Allen Iverson, Antoine Walker, and Carmelo Anthony – are not as productive as people believe."

"Players who are prolific rebounders – like Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace, and Marcus Camby – are more productive than people tend to believe."

Rating teams is more chancy. Interesting that they were fooled by the preseason Wiz, who they thought could improve their performance over 2008 by as much as 30 wins. Had a bunch of data to back it up, too. Shows us something about the weakness of data analysis...

Posted by: Samson151 | May 7, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Offenders on probation must report any arrests, including traffic tickets, and need permission to travel outside Virginia, according to information on the county website. Arenas is also prohibited from owning or carrying firearms during his sentence.

Arenas began his 400 hours of community service while at the halfway house. His second year of probation may be unsupervised if he abides by all of its conditions"...
Now Grunfeld can go to work and feel safe!!! The police can control the Wiz player. Oh that's right!... Grunfeld had nothing to do do with this event- its was not done on his watch- how could he possibly know that things were said on a TEAM airplane? of course not, how could he? he's never there. (The grunfeld punks will blame it all on Abe Pollin! RIP(if they let you))

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | May 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Players who are prolific rebounders – like Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace, and Marcus Camby – are more productive than people tend to believe."

They're getting really deep with these stats, some guys are rating where/when a rebound occurs and coming up with different takes on which players are really the best boarders.

Same for blocks, with some egghead claiming that Jermaine O'neal is actually a better shot blocker than DHoward this past season based on the type of shots he blocked.

Not sure how much I buy all that, but no doubt interesting stuff

Posted by: divi3 | May 7, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

No doubt.....but I think you can make the case Doc Rivers has shown himself to be every bit as adept in that dept. Who has Jackson ever developed into an elite player? Rondo is top-shelf now, and it's obvious he needed some special attention.

Off the top of my head....i cant think of any players that Phil developed. Seems like his teams have been interchangeable role players coupled with already elite players. even Pippen was already tearing it up by collins' departure

Posted by: divi3

Doc has a long way to go before he reaches Phil's level of zen. Having handled Rodman and Artest in one career alone should qualify Phil as an HoF'er. Let alone lesser knuckleheads like Pippen, Odom, Bill Cartwright, Charles Oakley, yada yada yada

In terms of development, you an actually make the case that Phil has 'developed' two or three of the all-time greats in MJ, Kobe and to a lesser extent Shaq. Certainly they were top players before he arrived, but part of Phil's strength is in convincing amazing individual players to become more team oriented and team leaders. Phil only gets partial credit for Shaq because Shaq also played for another master of this...Pat Riley.

The only evidence you need of this is getting Jordan to buy into playing the triangle offense. Jordan's success with it (in terms of team success, Jordan would have gotten his points in any offense) obviously helped sell Kobe on it. So while it is totally fair to say that Phil hasn't ever really won without superstars, those stars haven't won the ultimate prize without him either.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Arenas = Thug Wannabe
&
BOYCOTT $NYDER!!!!!!!

Posted by: hessone | May 7, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

My only question is on the way home dod he ask the driver to GUN the engine?

Posted by: nosuchluck | May 7, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Washpost - try this poll: who do we keep: Arenas or Haynesworth? My money is on Hibachi.

Posted by: clocker58 | May 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Even guys at the halfway house were scoring on Gil???

Posted by: Utilityman1 | May 7, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: daphnejo | May 8, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I mean really..who cares? In the years since Gil has been here..his toughest task has been to carry all his money to the bank. No reason to think that he will regain all his abilities that made him a top guard. BTW..he
NEVER has played tough defense like other great guards.
Best case..we trade him for a good draft choice. Ted is the new sheriff in town.
he is familiar with the team, and knows that to improve, it will take several years of good drafts..plus a key free agent or two next year. Problem is..none of the good ones will want to come here.

The Thunder got
Durrant..and with him as a cornerstone, went from terrible to the playoffs IN TWO YEARS..and maybe should have beaten the LAKERS.

On a dollar per point average over the last 3 years.. signing Arenas to a 111 million dollar contract... has to be the worst
investment in basket ball history.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | May 8, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"The only evidence you need of this is getting Jordan to buy into playing the triangle offense. Jordan's success with it (in terms of team success, Jordan would have gotten his points in any offense) obviously helped sell Kobe on it."

I think what gets the attention of a Jordan or a Bryant (or a LeBron, for that matter) is the losing itself -- winning the scoring title and still getting beaten in the playoffs. It takes a while, but even the most self-centered superstar has to question the wisdom of his own approach.

That's what I wonder about James -- what if they lose again this season? IMO the reason they're vulnerable is that the Cavs are still too dependent on one player.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The argument that Phil only wins because he has talent is stupid. Has any team w/o talent ever won a championship? AND How many talented teams have underachieved because the coach couldn't manage the egos? The San Diego Chargers have arguably had as much talent as any team in football over the last half decade or so. How many Super Bowls have they won again?

Posted by: randysbailin | May 8, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Even guys at the halfway house were scoring on Gil???

Posted by: Utilityman1 | May 7, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse
otherwise all we're tlkin bout is how much of an a-hole/d=bag Gil is for "shutting down" a bunch of ex offenders and parolees.Puuuuuuuuuuuleazzzzz. what was he supposed to do, make enemies by ruining everyone else's rec time by makin'em watch him do cone drills?Put the "playoff D" on them?I'm sure everybody would be sympathetic to Gil blowing out his knee going too hard against some nobodies on a concrete court at a halfway house.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

know he likely wasn't trying his hardest, but to hear that even the guys in the halfway house were able to score on Arenas made me laugh.

Posted by: ts35 | May 7, 2010 2:17 PM
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I don't know why that made you laugh ts35....some of the best bball players in the world are on "THE STREETS"! They don't even play in the NBA!

Just saying!

Posted by: DAGEEZ | May 8, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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