Saturday , Oct , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gilbert Arenas on faking injury: ‘I screwed up again’

"I screwed up again, so I just want to say sorry," Arenas said.  "I wasn’t really thinking that this was going to be another media outburst. It’s like everything I do now, someone, tit for tat, tries to blow it out of proportion."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s like Jeff Van Gundy said “at a certain point, you are what you are.”

Like it or not, Gilbert Arenas is a knucklehead. He may mean well. He may be funny. And he’s probably a nice enough dude –the adult version of the class clown.

But Arenas has no concept of boundaries. Maturity and professionalism are just multi-syllable words. Team is something with an ‘m’ and an ‘e’ in it.

Remember, the Washington Wizards had his back. They helped him through surgeries. They gave him a maximum contract. And they forgave him for turning their locker room into a Clint Eastwood style standoff.

How does Arenas repay the organization’s loyalty?

He publicly admits to faking an injury, so teammate Nick Young could get more playing time in Tuesday’s preseason match.

Again, Arenas’ intentions may have been good –‘helping’ Young. However, coach Flip Saunders will decide Young’s playing time, not Arenas.

Perhaps Saunders wants Arenas to play during preseason and find his past form. After all, Arenas has missed most of the last four seasons with injuries and a suspension.

Regardless, why brag to the media about faking an injury?

There is one answer: Arenas wants out. He’s trying to force the Wizards into trading him.

Of course, the combo doesn’t get it. The Wizards can’t trade him. No team wants him. He’s damaged goods.

Arenas` me-first, shot-happy game destroys chemistry. And season tickets holders would be weary of bucking up to watch a guy who packs more heat than TI before the BET Awards.

The Wizards and Arenas are stuck with each other. Arenas must deal with it and play.

–Oly Sandor.

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