Gilbert Arenas’ latest little flap: Not too great for him, but very, very good for the Washington Bullets Wizards. In the wake of his little locker room standoff with no-name teammate Javaris Crittenton a couple weeks ago, NBA commissioner David Stern announced today Arenas is suspended indefinitely and a further penalty may be looming. The good news for Arenas’ team, of course, is they’ll likely get a shot to void the horrible six-year, $111 million contract they gave him a couple years ago.
I haven’t had a chance to weigh in on this since it broke about a week ago, which is surprising because I usually jump at every opportunity to take shots (no pun intended) at good old Gilbert. In case you missed it, Arenas and Crittenton apparently argued on a team flight on Dec. 21 about a gambling debt, and after a day off, continued their feud in the Wizards’ locker room on Dec. 23. According to reports, Arenas placed three guns on a stool by Crittenton’s locker and asked him to choose one, to which Crittenton flipped and claimed he had his own piece (how’s that for lingo?). Since then, there’s been various reports that the whole thing was a joke gone bad. Regardless, Stern didn’t really think it was funny, and I get the feeling the District of Columbia isn’t about to laugh this one off either. If I’m Arenas, I’m preparing for the Plaxico Burress treatment. Oh well, it’s not like he was doing anything on the basketball court anyway, other than scoring a handful of points for a bad team that’s better off without him. Arenas getting locked up may also free up some more time for his fiance to spend with Shaq, too.
Back to the Wizards, though: Assuming they wash their hands of Arenas, as they’ll likely do given the opportunity, they’re suddenly a major player next summer. Sure, LeBron and Dwyane Wade aren’t going anywhere, but with money to blow they could be in on the Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh sweepstakes. If you ask me, Arenas’ stupidity is the best thing that could’ve happened to the Wizards, even if it took seven years to develop.