What’s eating Gilbert Arenas?

by Micah Hart

Apparently, the role of Al Czervik from Caddyshack was performed last night by the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas, who claims to have faked a knee injury to allow Nick Young to get some run with the starters in the team’s preseason game against the Hawks.

Seems like a noble gesture, but for a guy trying to work his way back into the good graces of his franchise and his community, it looks like another giant misstep. As Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer explains:

“You can’t do it because it’s duplicitous. You can’t do it because you’re lying to your boss. Actually, forget that. You can’t do that because you’re lying to your co-worker. And Flip Saunders is your coach, and your co-worker. You have to talk to Saunders. You have to deal with him as an adult. There has to be a better way of finding Nick Young minutes — even if you think Flip Saunders can’t stand Nick Young — than lying about a nagging knee injury and taking a seat on the bench.”

I kind of feel for Arenas. He clearly thinks his time in DC is limited, yet he seems to be doing everything he can (unintentionally, in my opinion) to sabotage any opportunity the Wizards might have to trade him.

Of course, based on what’s happening with Ron Artest right now, it’s still entirely possible Agent Zero turns this thing around.  But it might help him out a bit to go on radio silence for a little while.

Gilbert Arenas sits with phantom knee injury (Washingtonpost.com)

UPDATE - Flip Saunders talked about Arenas after Wizards practice today:

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31 Comments

  1. jljrfg says:

    LAKERS ARE THE BEST!! WE GONNA GET A THREE-PEAT!!!

    • Arvin Cruz says:

      I think Gilbert Arenas is giving up already that he is no longer the franchise of the Washington Wizards. He knows his time has come after last year incident and when the wizards drafted John Wall. He will just play the season and will soon ask to be traded. My suggestion to the Wizards organization I will make an offer to the Denver Nuggets for a trade involving Carmelo Anthony & a 2nd rounder in exchange for Gilbert Arenas plus Josh Howard & Hilton Armstrong, this sounds equal trade and would help both teams.

      • ancil says:

        yea try to get the young players involved but try to help yourself as well…john can’t do this alone…… mayb!!!….hopefully agent zero don’t whine up like other old vets beggin to play for a team then he would be srry he did this

  2. [...] At the end of the day, Arena’s messed up, big time. No amount of “I screwed up again, so I just want to say sorry,” will help anything. With the Wizards trying desperately to rebuild positive relations with their jaded fan base, Arena’s has dug himself into a deeper hole. A hole that may see him leaving D.C in the coming future. (Story from nba.com) [...]

  3. Glynn says:

    MAN LEAVE ARENAS ALONE AND GET A FREAKING LIFE.

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS….WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lucky luke says:

      No way , they leave him alone. He is a big player , he need some time to recover confidence and physical condition…

  4. ccc says:

    leave this guy alone… its preseason…. not playoffs.. chill you people

  5. jayson says:

    ha ha the highlight of his career is that shot he turned his back and threw his hands in the air, new will win, never mvp, maybe 6th man ………..he is a has been INJURY DOCTOR is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past is a thing of the past

  6. Gabriel says:

    I kindly disagree with you Kelly Dwyer. He is trying to become the older, (now) wiser veteran on the team, who won’t put himself before others as he has done in the past. Part of doing something like this, as you would know if you knew anything about sports, is taking being able to work with the coach even more effectively – he noticed an issue that he didn’t feel would be taken care of, and he changed it for the betterment of his team, and even more specifically, his teammate. You need to check yourself, don’t hate on him just cause he’s getting off of a suspension

  7. #9 says:

    Arenas is just goofy and random as hell haha nothing more nothing less

  8. Lacedogg says:

    What an idiot

  9. Brenda says:

    I think Gilbert needs to get it together. You made a mistake in the past. Now! He needs to get back to his playing game and become the best player he can possibly can. It doesn’t matter who you’ll be playing for tomorrow or next year. What matters is he show the world that he made a mistake and he got over it. Arena’s needs to shave and get it together.

  10. skizzy says:

    cut him some slack. he did a generous thing for a talented teammate. all the nba is fining him for him being a good teammate. This is bogus….

  11. jH says:

    I do not understand what he was thinking. I thought he could understand the circumstances better than that.

  12. primetime2324 says:

    Send agent 0 to the lakers

  13. Ty says:

    Give Arenas his team back. This rookie is nowhere near ready to run a team. Face it, Gil is still one of the best PG’s in the league if not thee best! Wizards go nowhere with Gil taking a backseat!

  14. Ernest William Sosmena says:

    Miami should get ARENAS too, in Miami anything can happen, Go Heat.

  15. John Irwin Garcia says:

    It seems that Gilbert wants to become a Hollywood actor and play the role of Pinocchio.

  16. HideYoKidzHideYoWives says:

    Gilbert is trying to give nick young some play time
    its only preseason

  17. RichardMX says:

    It’s Pre-season! and Stood up for his team mate to help them to improve, i think it’s a good thing that he has that level of concern, however, i do think he should raise that arguement with Coach Filp. aside from that, I see big leadership improvement for Gil!

  18. Gilbert looks like a more entertaining version of Tracy McGrady – didnt achieve much but wont play because he can play.

  19. mark says:

    gilbert to lakers to assure a threepeat

  20. kelbo202 says:

    Gil is really acting like a female now. He wants everybody to feel sorry for him and baby him up. i don’t respect it and i’m starting not to respect him. The strong would get up and put the past behind them..Gil is steadily dwelling on last season and in my opinion hw will bring this team down..it’s time to move on..i’ve been saying we should put a package together to swap Gil and Carmelo. Melo is a better fit for our team. I’ve been a fan of Arenas for years..but now he’s losing a fan with his actions…Deu-cessss!!!

  21. James Aban says:

    Honestly I was really hoping Gilbert Arenas can comeback and be the scoring machine he was. The little time he spent with John Wall on the court has opened up life for the team,spells trouble to the rest of the league. Then this happens, I am disappointed and certainly now the nickname Agent Zero does apply to him.

  22. dintnely says:

    how come it will let me leave a normal comment, but it wont let me reply to other comments. i click reply then the box showes up to type but the curser will disappear and wont come back thus not letting me type anything. does anyone else have this problem on the blogs on nba.com. oh and to leave a comment related to the article. maybe it is a bad thing arenas did it maybe not.

  23. LaK3rs 3peat says:

    trade gil and some other pieces for MR.. MELO…..wall and Melo, damnnnnn, that would be something serious!!!

  24. Anas says:

    I’m a huge wizards player I don’t think this is a big deal first of alll its only preseason, 2nd of all its gettingt blown way out of proportion becuz its Gilbert Arenas keep him a break ppl tell me when he does this during the season than I might give a damn

  25. the best way or Gilbert to shine… leave wizards and join the knicks…

  26. jjhickson says:

    Its the preseason. who cares

  27. Glynn says:

    Thats why it’s not a big deal. THIS IS PRESEASON! NBA, DAVID STERN, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET OFF HIS D1CK.

    AND SINCE THE PLAYERS AND TEAM ASSOCIATES CAN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW STUPID THE NEW TECHNICAL FOUL RULE IS I THINK IT’S UP TO THE FANS TO GET IT CHANGED CUZ THEY CAN’T FINE US! THE NBA IS NOTHING WITHOUT IT’S FANS

    SO GUESS WHAT STERN, YOUR NEW RULE FREAKING SUCKS. YOU WANT NBA PLAYERS TO BE LIKE ZOMBIES OUT THERE? WE LIKE WHEN THEY GET IN EACH OTHER FACES AND SHOW EMOTION AND SHOW THEY REALLY WANT THIS. LET THEM SHOW EMOTION AFTER A WHISTLE!

    I CAN UNDERSTAND T’ING SOMEBODY UP FOR GETTING IN THE REF FACE COMPLAINING. BUT WHEN A PERSON WALK AWAY AND MAKE GESTURES TO DEAL WITH THEIR ANGER THE WAY THEY WANT TO, THATS JUST FREAKING STUPID AND WILL NEVER HELP PLAYER REFEREE RELATIONSHIP.

    ESPECIALLY WHEN THE PLAYOFFS COME, WE CAN’T HAVE A SILLY RULE LIKE THAT WHEN THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE. WE’LL JUST SEE A BUNCH OF EMOTIONLESS ZOMBIES PLAYING BASKETBALL. ANOTHER THING, STOP WITH THESE OUTRAGEOUS FINES. IDC HOW BIG THEIR SALARY IS.. FINING SOMEBODY $25,000 – $50,000 JUST FOR SAYING SOMETHING IS STUPID.

    I LOVE THE NBA, BUT WE CAN ALL AGREE IT WAS BEST IN THE EARLY LATE 90′S EARLY 2000′S WHEN THEY LET THEM PLAY HARD AND WITH EMOTION. WHERE IT TOOK SOMEBODY TO ACTUALLY START PUSHING AND SHOVING TO GET A TECHNICAL NOT “WORDS”,

    AND A PLAYER SHOULDN’T BE EJECTED FOR 2 T’S WITH THIS DUMB ASS RULE. I SAY IF THEY AREN’T HITTING EACH OTHER AND COMMITTING FLAGRANT FOULS THEN ITS’ ALL GOOD. IF THERES NO HITTING THERE SHOULD BE NO EJECTION.

  28. Parker says:

    Really… Everyone on the planet has faked sick at some point to get out of work. Pulled back on a project to let someone else step up a bit. The real mistake he made was letting everyone know he did it. Pre-Season on top of everything so he missed a fake game… that means nothing. Wow this guy is the worst ever…or maybe he just didn’t wanna play.