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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Hilton Armstrong suspended one game

By Washington Post editors


The Wizards' Hilton Armstrong has been suspended for one game for his flagrant foul, penalty two on the Heat's Joel Anthony during Monday's game in Miami, announced Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president basketball operations.

From the NBA's news release:

The incident, in which Armstrong made contact by shoving Anthony during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with :32 remaining in the 3rd period of the Wizards 105-94 loss to the Heat Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Armstrong will serve his suspension tonight when the Wizards face the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Armstrong was ejected from Monday's game when he attempted to stop Anthony from scoring a layup. Anthony flailed awkwardly, hitting Gilbert Arenas on the head before hitting the hardwood.

Yesterday Armstrong was holding out hope that the league would be lenient, although the play was almost identical to the 76ers' Elton Brand's shove of an airborne JaVale McGee last week. Brand received a one-game suspension. Armstrong said his "intentions was not to hurt anyone."

Armstrong tried to help Anthony up, but when he extended his hand, the Heat's Juwan Howard knocked him over, leading officials to intercede and break up the players.

By Washington Post editors  | December 1, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
 
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It says a lot about the Heat and their problems that Juwan Howard is their enforcer.

Posted by: Cossackathon | December 1, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hackbox Hilton averages 1 foul every 5 minutes. The days of designated goons who are sent in off the bench to use fouls have passed.

I certainly hope Wizards brass had a bigger role in mind than that for a backup center.

Posted by: elfreako | December 1, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

luckily Toronto doesn't play big. Take the night off Armstrong, the human foul collector.

Posted by: jefferu | December 1, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse


"you can't run cardio when your ankle is hurting, but he may have been lifting more, so that might be where have helped attribute to the weight gain. so more muscle + less cardio = weight gain."

LMFAO!! Yeah, he sure looked EXTREMELY muscular when his ankle healed. Maybe he gained most his muscle in his ab area, since that area was the only one that was noticeably bigger. Or maybe he heavily worked out his jowls.... Stop it, okay?

Btw, running isn't the only cardio that you can do to stay in shape, so enough with the excuses. Arenas gorged himself like a pig, showed NO discipline and the team is paying the price.

"even what he is now is a huge improvement from last year, when he was committing a turnover every single time he dribbled."

Arenas currently has a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. Last year he had a 1.96 assist-to-turnover ratio. Your analysis doesn't hold up. Arenas is markedly worse as a ballhandler this year.

"Like it or not, Gilbert Arenas is the REAL face of the franchise."

That's preceisely why they will never go anywhere as long as he's a part of the team. He's a loser.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun, I looked up the PER for centers so far this season. Funny results:

45. Trevor Booker
46. Hilton Armstrong
47. Brendan Haywood

(McGee is 7)

From a pure spectator standpoint, I like what Armstrong brings to the team. Mixes it up, uses his fouls, plays hard. I've been pleasantly surprised.

But I guess the average reader here expects one of the worst teams in the NBA to have Bill Russell as their backup center.

Posted by: bryc3 | December 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I've got no complaints about Armstrong. He plays within his limits and fills his role reasonably well.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

That's preceisely why they will never go anywhere as long as he's a part of the team. He's a loser.

Posted by: bobabuie

I guess Gil wrecked the franchise because before he came, they sure were making the playoffs consistently. Call him a loser if you wish, but before he originally hurt his knee, those Wizard teams had some serious issues(no inside scoring threat, no depth), but I guess the only problem was Gil.

Matter of fact, in my opinion, Wade hasn't done shi# since Shaq left, so he is a loser too. And don't fake like Wade didn't have ANY talent. He had Beasley, Chalmers, Haslem to start with. Now Wade has recruited some help and they are all of a sudden "winners", no. And I know they ain't done anything yet, but regardless. Bosh too, loser.

I guess the only winners reside in L.A, S.A. and Boston, cause in the end, if you don't win the ship, you lose.

Don't place that label on Gil without placing it on a whole lot of bamas.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Gil's "special", G-Man.

Those other bamas didn't balloon up at the beginning of the season after being out for only two weeks (dude seriously had to be eating a large can of Crisco shortening before bedtime every night for such a rapid weight gain) Nor did they fake an injury due to either 1) help a deserving teammate get some burn or 2) avoid a potential booing by the home crowd. None of the above speaks well of Arenas. He's been around to long to be doing this crap.

When John Wall is healthy, I wonder if he's going to show up with a double chin and 20 lbs overweight or will he step in and be ready to play? My guess is the latter.

Notice I didn't even mention the stuff that Arenas did last year?

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Gil is not the physical player he once was, yet. His drive may get him back to that point. Anyone who says Gil is lazy and does not work out is a COMPLETE IDIOT. Everyone knows he is a workout addict. If he did play the way he used to play many would say he is not accommodating the development of Wall. This is the type of player most people hope Gil would develop into, a catch and shoot guard. He is playing team basketball, not the one on one stuff that made him a superstar individual player. Stop the hating and learn to enjoy the game. Constructive criticism is good, dumping stupidly on a player in nonproductive. Armstrong is also playing team ball, doing the things his coach is asking him to do. Playing within his abilities. He has been a pleasant surprise who may develop into long term solution to the backup center position.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | December 1, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

bobabuie

I know that he is special. He has some serious "rejection" issues. That is why he needs a lot of attention.

But he is also the best person to ever where a Wizard uniform and spearheaded a return to the playoffs for a franchise who really hadn't done much since 1978. And his teams did not underachieve in the playoffs. They went about as far as expected when he was healthy.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Pull the trigger Ernie!! Wiz get: Carter, Gortat, Pietrus. Magic get: Arenas, Armstrong, Thornton.

Posted by: CantWait90 | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

With respect G-Man,

Chris Webber was the best player to ever wear a Wizards uniform. You look at Gil and Webber in their prime, and I don't think very many (if any) GMs would choose Gil over C-Webb. Webber was the truth.

Witth regard to playoffs, the Wizards didn't just have Gil, they had a young Larry Hughes initially, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and a young head coach in Eddie Jordan looking to make his mark. It was a perfect storm, imho, because ALL of those guys had something to prove and had youth/health on their side.

My feeling is this team will make bigger and faster strides toward something they can build on with Arenas gone.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Pull the trigger Ernie!! Wiz get: Carter, Gortat, Pietrus. Magic get: Arenas, Armstrong, Thornton.

Posted by: CantWait90 | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM

Yep. That's a trade we'd love to have, with Carter's contract expiring. Gortat and Pietrus are keepers.

But I can't see the Magic doing the deal. They probably already have a winning hand.

Posted by: zinger1 | December 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

... and by "winning hand" I mean the East, and maybe the NBA title.

Posted by: zinger1 | December 1, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Orlando Magic have engaged the Washington Wizards in an ongoing trade dialog centered around Wizards shooting guard Gilbert Arenas, Orlando Pinstriped Post has learned. What Orlando would send Washington in return for the three-time All-Star is less clear, but the proposed deal likely includes shooting guard Vince Carter, according to a source. Wizards big man Andray Blatche, Magic forward Rashard Lewis, and Magic center Daniel Orton could also be involved. Both teams have a mutual understanding of what the trade might include, the source says, and it's unclear what factors are holding up the trade. What is clear around the league, however, is that Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith has his eye on Arenas. If Orlando is to make a major trade this season, Arenas will likely be the target.

Posted by: suliman215 | December 1, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If Carter stays injured, I can see Otis pulling the trigger. We would have an excellent bench in return.

Posted by: CantWait90 | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who says Gil is lazy and does not work out is a COMPLETE IDIOT. Everyone knows he is a workout addict."

Anyone who excuses a 20-pound weight gain (nearly 10% of his bodyweight) in two weeks from a "professional" athlete is a SYCOPHANTIC APOLOGIST. The only addiction he displayed while his ankle was on the mend was to food. And lots of it. It's not 2007 anymore. Times change, players change.

Even Blatche had more restraint than Gil while recuperating from his broken foot. If Blatche had put on weight at Gil's rate, he would come to training camp weighing over 3 1/2 bills. I doubt many of you would have been so forgiving with him.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

With respect G-Man,

Chris Webber was the best player to ever wear a Wizards uniform. You look at Gil and Webber in their prime, and I don't think very many (if any) GMs would choose Gil over C-Webb. Webber was the truth
Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 2:42 PM


If I'm not mistaken, I don't beleive C-Webb ever wore the Wizards uniform. I could be wrong but I think he left before the change.

Posted by: gmac78 | December 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

llamf!! ^^^

Posted by: CantWait90 | December 1, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

For someone who gained 20LBS he sure can put it in the basket bobabuie. Of course he's going to gain a little weight. As an NBA player, he's used to a lot of activity that keeps LBS off of him. As soon as he stop that much activity he's going to gain weight. The weight gain hasn't been a problem at all. Like many have said, It's his confidence and adjustment to the NBA game.

Yes. Webber was a great Sacramento King and had the potential to be a great Wizard. No one for the Wiz in the past two decades has been as talented as Gil. He could score with the best of them and he even gave DC basketball some importance when he sank the Bulls in the first round. Stop Hatin' Bobabuie.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | December 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If we end up having to watch Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis play 35mins/night I will probably have to stop watching/attending games.

Posted by: divi3 | December 1, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse


If I'm not mistaken, I don't beleive C-Webb ever wore the Wizards uniform. I could be wrong but I think he left before the change.

Posted by: gmac78 | December 1, 2010 3:01 PM

Webber left after the name change.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun, I looked up the PER for centers so far this season. Funny results:

45. Trevor Booker
46. Hilton Armstrong
47. Brendan Haywood

(McGee is 7)

Speaking of PER stats:

PGs

14. John Wall 18.86
27. Arenas 15.72

SGs

10. Nick Young 16.34
46. Kirk Hinrich 12.14

Posted by: divi3 | December 1, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"For someone who gained 20LBS he sure can put it in the basket bobabuie."

You mean his breadbasket or the basketball basket? Look, Arenas is shooting 39% from the field, okay? 39%. You really want to point at his scoring as justification of something other than his getting green-lighted to shoot as many bad shots as he wants on a bad team?

"He could score with the best of them and he even gave DC basketball some importance when he sank the Bulls in the first round. Stop Hatin' Bobabuie."

LOL I speak the truth.

Arenas also gave us some prominence (or notoriety) in the playoffs when he let a young, wet-behind-the-ears Lebron James get into his head, thereby resulting in two missed free throws that changed the series.

It ain't 2007 anymore.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to see Orlando and Washington coming up with a trade scenario that works for both sides. Arenas for Carter straight up works in terms of contracts, but I can't see Orlando giving up what amounts to nothing but cap space to take on Arenas's contract. I would think they'd also try to make the Wiz take on a smaller bad contract to even things out but ,looking at their roster, it doesn't appear that they really have any. Aside from Carter (whose deal is essentially expiring) and Lewis (whose deal is utterly ridiculous), their contract situation is pretty solid.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the minority of folks here who have advocated trading Aenas as if that represents some panacea or pathway to developing a building franchise. After investing all of the time and effort which is clearly paying off with his recent efforts, we are now (supposedly) entertaining trading him for an older wshed up Vince Carter, The supposition is that we are going to cler "cap room' and then sign some mysticAL FREE AGENT who is going to make us better and then we can start rebuilding. The grass always looks greener on the other side but someone tell me once you do all of this manuevering what diffference making free agent is going to come here to play on an even more terrible team.

Gilbert Arenas is reemerging as one of the better players in the league and contrary to the few detractors here is very popular in the arena.

Stop the nonsense and lets build on what we have. I am canceling my season tickets if this nonsense goes through.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I am canceling my season tickets if this nonsense goes through.

Be sure to email Ted that thought.

Posted by: divi3 | December 1, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Gilbert Arenas is reemerging as one of the better players in the league and contrary to the few detractors here is very popular in the arena.

Stop the nonsense and lets build on what we have. I am canceling my season tickets if this nonsense goes through.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 1, 2010 4:08 PM

You're insane if you think the Wizards won't get rid of Arenas as soon as they can for anything they can get (outside of a bad contract). Arenas is having one of the worst years he's ever had and if it's true that he's shooting 39% this year (I didn't know it was that bad), then he's practically untradeable anyway when you consider his bad body and questionable mental state. He's a mess and the Wizards are a mess with him as part of any future equation.

Posted by: ahwyatt | December 1, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Given his age and contract status, the only reason for the Wizards not to trade Arenas would be if they think keeping him will turn them into contenders between now and the end of his current contract (because it's highly unlikely either side will be interested in him re-signing after that). And, one would assume, no one associated with the Wizards' organization is fool enough to think that. The fact is that Arenas isn't part of their future, so holding onto him (if there's an alternative option) only delays what is an inevitable outcome. Might as well move on now rather than later, and get the adjustment period over with ASAP.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@bobabuie

That James kid turned out to be a pretty good player though, huh.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

If Orlando and Washington trade deal is in the work. I think there will be a third party involve because there's no way Vince will approve coming to Washington. Somehow, we'll probably end up getting draft picks in a three way deal. As much as i love Gil, I hope he does go somewhere to start all over again.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

bobabuie,

The Wizards would be wise to keep Arenas whether you like it or not. As state by New Management, what free agent worth anything is going to come to a barren Wizards team? Players want to get paid but they also want a legitimate chance to win. Granted, John Wall is going to be big time but who else is there? In fact, the losing could get so bad that he bolts at first opportunity.

Give Gil to the allstar break and see how much better he is performing. You need him to help you win games that are winnable and keep you remotely close in games that aren't. With any luck, this team will be in position to draft Terrence Jones, Harrison Barnes or Perry Jones. Any of these players would be a great addition.

Posted by: ChairmanD | December 1, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

bobabuie, why wait? I mean there's no guarantee that Gil will be healthy by all-star break. Take whatever there is to trade him and build by the draft.

Harrison Barnes would be great if we can get him.

Posted by: demonj21 | December 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

BONUS.......with both JIANLIAN and ARMSTRONG out of the fray, SERAPHIN get's heavy minutes. KEVIN MacNASTY is going to kick azz and take names in TORONTO tonight. Let's get that road win and not establish a new historic team low-light. GO WIZ.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 1, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"If Orlando and Washington trade deal is in the work. I think there will be a third party involve because there's no way Vince will approve coming to Washington."

They don't need his approval.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse


"As state by New Management, what free agent worth anything is going to come to a barren Wizards team? Players want to get paid but they also want a legitimate chance to win. Granted, John Wall is going to be big time but who else is there? In fact, the losing could get so bad that he bolts at first opportunity."

Arenas is nothing to the Wizards other than an anchor around their necks. Whether you like it or not, he's not critical to their future (other than getting his lard azz out of the way so that progess can be made). One thing is for sure they can go to the lottery again, with him or without him, so moving him not only doesn't hurt, but actually helps. Pronto.

With regard to Wall possibly leaving due to losing, Kevin Durant lost a lot early in his career and stayed with the team because they built through the draft and got better each year. That is what the Wizards have to do. Once they add more talent, they'll start winning. Then they can worry about getting a quality free agent or two to play here. The fact that John Wall is the real deal is only going to help draw quality players when the time is right. The Wizards have a couple years to lay the foundation, imho.


Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

talking about gil's free throws from years ago is just idiotic, of those who blame his free throws for the loss who can remember who banged the three to put it into ot? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't jared jeffries

Posted by: bford1kb | December 1, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

i dunno how many seasons a healthy Gil lead us to the lotto, i know we've been there 2yrs in a row without him.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

bobabuie

I know that he is special. He has some serious "rejection" issues. That is why he needs a lot of attention.

But he is also the best person to ever where a Wizard uniform and spearheaded a return to the playoffs for a franchise who really hadn't done much since 1978. And his teams did not underachieve in the playoffs. They went about as far as expected when he was healthy.

Posted by: G-Man11 | December 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

PLUEEZE, are you PAID to put this rubbish up here?

You throw mud on the likes of ELVIN HAYES, GUS JOHNSON, PHIL CHENIER, and WES UNSELD with that garbage about ARENAS being the best player the franchise ever had.

GIL has been a great player in the past, as good as any former BULLITT/WIZARD, but certainly not better than any one of the players I've mentioned.

And his personality sucks. I applaud his play on the court, but off it, he's not a nice person. Although he tries hard to sell that nice-guy image off court to any who will listen, his actions speak volumes about who he really is.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 1, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"talking about gil's free throws from years ago is just idiotic, of those who blame his free throws for the loss who can remember who banged the three to put it into ot? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't jared jeffries"

Talking about Arenas' past exploits from many years ago is a favorite pasttime for the Arenas apologists, just as idiotic as your trip down memory lane. Right now, he stinks. That better?

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

With regard to Wall possibly leaving due to losing, Kevin Durant lost a lot early in his career and stayed with the team because they built through the draft and got better each year. That is what the Wizards have to do.

Durantula didnt have his "big bro" Lebron whispering in his ear about who knows what. John Wall is as new school as it gets, for all we now he is out the door if this team stinks the next few years

Posted by: divi3 | December 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse


"Durantula didnt have his "big bro" Lebron whispering in his ear about who knows what. John Wall is as new school as it gets, for all we now he is out the door if this team stinks the next few years"

For all we know John could be out the door even if the team wins (after all, winning didn't stop his big bro from leaving HIS team).

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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