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Javaris Crittenton discusses past with Wizards, future in NBA

Former Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton is trying to get his career going with the Charlotte Bobcats this training camp, but before he could move forward, the 22-year-old point guard looked back on his uneven stint in Washington. Like Gilbert Arenas, Crittenton was advised by NBA Commissioner David Stern not to discuss the specifics of their gun incident, but he was still reflective in an interview with the Associated Press.

When asked one he learned, Crittenton said, "Use wisdom in everything and just don't get caught up in foolishness and nonsense and crazy people around you. It was a bad decision on both ends and we're trying to move forward with our careers and our lives."

Crittenton said his primary concern is getting back on the court and proving that he is healthy again after missing all of last season with a left ankle injury as well. Although he took full responsibility for his 38-game suspension from Stern, Crittenton is still upset about the medical treatment he received from the Wizards. He had an exploratory surgery last October, but said his situation never improved and he needed another.

"A lot of people think I had one surgery and, 'Oh, it's taking a long time to heal,'" Crittenton said. "If the first surgery was successful, I would have been ready...It didn't go well. They went in from the wrong way and it didn't fix it. I had another surgery to actually repair it."

By Michael Lee  | October 3, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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"just don't get caught up in foolishness and nonsense and 'crazy people' around you."

That's called "took full responsibility?"

Last I checked, it was Crittenton who said he was going to shoot up Arenas' surgically repaired knees that prompted Arenas to display his guns and the "choose one" note. Even though I do not think he meant what he said, it was still very inappropriate.

Posted by: sagaliba | October 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Go fu... yourself Crittenton

Posted by: suliman215 | October 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Went in from the wrong way..." Surprised he didn't get a lawyer and take action.

Posted by: jweber1 | October 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse


Last season, the Wiz had 2 21 yo guys with names that started with Jav.

One of them is going to be a star in this league for at least a decade and one may be out of the league by Christmas.

Guess which is which.

Posted by: Blurred | October 3, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone been reading Michael Lee's tweets? Check them out:

MrMichaelLee Michael Lee
Gilbert Arenas scrimmaged last night but sat out the “practice in the dark” on Sat. with an ankle injury. Flip didn’t know which ankle.

what is lee really trying to say?

MrMichaelLee Michael Lee
Flip Saunders was asked if he was disappointed that Gilbert Arenas hasn’t been able to practice past 3 days with ankle: “It doesn’t matter.”

MrMichaelLee Michael Lee
Flip said John Wall & Kirk Hinrich were the best players in camp. “If we were to go today, those 2 guys would probably start.”

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind. Now reading the tweets, I think Flip just mean that Kirk would probably start today since Gil is hurt

Posted by: dlts2041 | October 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Wall sure looks good in the scrimmage highlights

Posted by: divi3 | October 3, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Clearly JCritt got caught up in the stupidity that was allowed to fester on the team. I'm glad he stood up to Gilby and didn't just accept the foolishness. I hope he goes on to have a good career.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you cannot accept foolishness on any level. I watched a mother and her twin daughter and son. The son would pull his twin sisters clothing, kick at her, and grab her roughfully and forcefully.

I commented to the mother that the son had issues and she politely took offense. She stated that they did this all the time. I stated that I had three daughters and a son and I did not tolerate that type of behavior.

It was foolish behavior and the son saw nothing wrong with handling his twin sister roughly and disrecptfully in public.

The mother for some reason thought it was just child's play and nothing to be concerned about.

The twins were high school age and the son thinking that the behavior was okay would certainly handle other females that way and his sister would accept that type of behavior from males.

Foolishness and bad behavior left unchecked is a very bad thing. Adults have to answer for themselves, but right and wrong is a learned thing and Gilbert and Crit, neither one of them showed the reason, nor the good traits from appropriate good learned behavior.

Environments and upbringing can mean everything. When the mentalities of a Crit and Gilbert went unchecked, we see what we ended up with.

Let's hope these two grown arse adults have learned from their foolishness and criminal behavior.

I feel badly for those twins and hope the mother realizes that though they are in high school now she still can change their behavior.

It is tragic when adults have to learn from the law or tragic events that their behavior is just plain wrong and no one corrected them as children.

Tragic indeed.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 3, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

all that other junk above notwithstanding, i think all of us should open your ears and LISTEN to crit's remarks about the possibly INADEQUATE medical care/advice he received. if what he says about the team's medical evaluation of his knee injury is true, one has to wonder if "hopeful" (rather than accurate) team medical evaluations are commonplace. let's hope this was an "isolated issue" and not a typical result.

Posted by: dcjazzman | October 4, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Clearly JCritt got caught up in the stupidity that was allowed to fester on the team. I'm glad he stood up to Gilby and didn't just accept the foolishness. I hope he goes on to have a good career.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

So you condone Javaris making a threat to shoot Arenas, and then bringing a gun to the lockerroom, but condemn Arenas? Javaris was "strapped" when Arenas' guns were on a stool with a note saying "pick one".

Both of them were wrong in my book, with Arenas paying the higher penalty.

I do however hope Critt has a good career.

Posted by: G-Man11 | October 4, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

@sagarliba Are you seriously implying that this was not arenas fault but critteton's??! You got to be kiddin me dude...

Posted by: Pindajung | October 4, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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