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Jan
8

Bad Decisions Abound in Arenas Incident

Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gilbert made a stupid and arrogant mistake in pre-game warmups.  It was irresponsible and immature of him to turn a criminal investigation into a joke with his teammates. There’s no denying that. But Arenas isn’t the only one who has handled this situation poorly, the Washington Wizards organization and David Stern have made decisions too quickly and offer no attempt at finding the truth of what happened on December 21st.

The Commish: Does Stern know best?

As the Commissioner of the NBA, David Stern clearly has the authority to discipline players.  Stern reacted to Arenas’ attitude and comments regarding the investigation by suspending him indefinitely, just a few hours before the tipoff against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Mind you this is  probably before the criminal investigation is even halfway through and before Gilbert has even formally been charged with a crime.  It has been noted that the NBA has an image problem: thuggery, but those who have watched Agent Zero during his career in D.C., know that he is not a thug.  David Steele lays it out clearly here and Adrian Wojnarowski does the opposite here.

Often times league commissioners get high marks from the public when “swift justice” is served on the players that sacrifice their body for the games they play.  Fans see the privileged, multi-million dollar athlete in legal trouble and before the whole story is out, scream for judgment.  But in this specific instance, the whole story isn’t out yet.  Let the legal system do what it’s set up to do! Why should Stern think he knows better than the American justice system? While the legal system in America isn’t perfect, it’s made to find the truth and to administer true justice. You can’t tell me that the NBA League office is equipped to find truth better than the U.S. legal system.  Stern acted too quickly here, and like I said, his comments on Gilbert being “unfit” to be on an NBA Court are absurd.

The Club: Betrayal for the sake of rectifying a heavy contract?

Unfortunately, the NBA Commissioner isn’t the only one who reacted poorly in the Arenas situation.  The Washington Wizards who are, supposedly looking into ‘voiding’ Arenas’ contract have quickly condemned him and his teammates for the 76ers pregame.  They’ve stripped Verizon Center of his likeness and are doing whatever they can to push him away right now.  I understand keeping some distance but completely disowning him before the facts are out?  Bogus betrayal.

Really, which is worse?

What should have been done was to wait until the facts were out on the issue and hold the person responsible for the wrongdoing accountable (which more and more seems to be Javaris Crittenton according to some reports).  Instead Stern decided to make an example of the wrong man and the Washington Wizards are using this as an opportunity to try and unload a contract as if it were a strictly financial decision.  As wrong as it was for Arenas to have guns in the locker room, I find the actions of Stern and the Wizards reprehensible.

Related Links

***MUST READ***Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports offers a reality check on people trying to kill Gil’s career.

Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News is one of those people who needs a reality check.

Mike Wise from the Washington Post gives reports on Crittenton’s possible actions in the incident.

For all the latest Wiz and Arenas news: Wizard Insider by Michael Lee at the Post.

Mar
17

Top Local Sports Stories of the Week

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Maryland and American University make the NCAA Tourney

This is pretty big for Gary Williams and the Terps. They’ve had a really up and down year and have been considered one of the most undersized teams in the ACC. During midseason many were calling for Gary’s ouster at season’s end. The Washington Post even did a piece on how Gary had missed a ton of local talent.

This was all before the monstrous win over UNC and the solid showing in the ACC Tournament last week where Maryland beat its first two opponents (NC State and ranked Wake Forest) and put up a fight against Duke (a much better one than eventual ACC Champ contender Florida State).
Now it appears that Garyland is alive and well again with the NCAA berth, even as a number 10 seed. It will be a tough road for the Terps however, because they face Cal in the first round and if they win, the very strong Memphis in the next.

American University is the other local team that made the tournament, they are a 14 seed and will be playing Villanova in the first round.

Redskins Begin Off-season Workouts

Update from Redskins.com

Although Portis was not expected to be there for the early off-season workouts, he was!

However, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly were not! Unfreakingbelievable…

Wizards News

The Wizards are still hurting with injuries and are still awful but not the worst..yet

Butler’s got hamstring problems, Gilbert and Haywood probably won’t play this year and DeShawn is done. That’s four starters folks. Not to mention Etan Thomas, and other players’ health concerns.

Not many teams can compete during the season with such a shakeup of the planned starting lineup. But don’t worry, the Wizards did not rewrite the script and they now have the league’s second worst record with only 16 wins. But hey, we can show the Sacramento Kings (the worst team in the league with 14 w’s) who’s boss.

A lot of fans are calling for the team to give the youngsters (Nick “the young one” Young, Dominic McGuire, JaVale McGee and Javaris Crittenton) more time for the rest of the season. With the injury problems, I don’t think Tapscott has a choice.

On a very much related note, here’s a look at Blake Griffin from Oklahoma through Bobby Knight’s eyes:

Hopefully we get a chance to draft this guy, I think he’s going to be a dynamic player in the NBA. I love the part where Bobby Knight was talking about how Griffin doesn’t complain or whine he gets contact. That’s quite different than another #23 we have all come to know and love!