Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm  |  41 responses

Arenas Blames Wizards Docs for Setbacks

by Marcel Mutoni

During the last year, Gilbert Arenas has had something of a media freeze-out (media which, incidentally, includes himself), but with training camp approaching, he’s beginning to open up to the world again. And with that, of course, comes candid comments.

He’s still goofy, and cocky as all hell – “Nobody could guard me before, and can’t nobody guard me now” – and Arenas remains brutally honest about his feelings.

Case in point, the blame for his setbacks during the last two seasons.

From the Washington Times:

“If you have a kid that loves basketball, that eats, sleeps, drinks and thinks basketball and all he knows is basketball and he gets hurt and he’s your franchise player, you need to hold him back from himself,” Arenas said.

“If I’m saying I feel good and you know it’s supposed to take six months, instead of letting me at four months run … they should have held me back. Rather than saying, ‘Let’s let this guy do what he wants and use him to sell tickets’ – sometimes you have to protect players from themselves. I don’t feel like I got that type of protection. But, I don’t judge them for that. Some things just happen. I told them I felt OK because I wanted to play, and they did what they did.”

Not to pick sides here, but it does seem like a double-edge sword of sorts: Hindsight being 20/20, if the team had held him back, Arenas could’ve very easily grown resentful and made things very uncomfortable for everyone. You can’t have it both ways, Gil.

Whatever the case, Wizards fans have to be feeling a sense of hope; a feeling they have grown unaccustomed to the last two years.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    Lets see if he got that magic still in him.

  • J-City

    Stop blaming, and come out balling this season Gil. You got paid almost $40 million to barely play, so win and go sell your tickets.

  • Fat Lever

    Gil’s my man, but he’s flat out wrong on this. If you’re a leader, you accept responsibility for your actions. It’s statements like these that separates the true leaders from those who pretend to lead.

  • TADOne

    I always enjoying Gil much more when he was being quiet.

  • tavoris

    preciselty why the man is #34…his talent is unquestioned, but comments like this make you LESS valuable than your talent dictates

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    He’s like Grant Hill crossed with Stephon Marbury.

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    All that money and no publicist? Since he is in DC and all this one is for you Gil “YOU LIE!!!!”

  • ab_40

    what’s preciselty?

    I feel a trade request coming either in februari or next summer. the wizards are going nowhere. I feel bad for antawn jamison and caron butler they need to go to better teams where they get wins for working as hard as they do

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Fat lever is on point. Dude needs to stop playing the name-blame game and accept responsiblity himself. He went to play cause he felt ok and wanted to play. Why should he blame other people for not holding him back? Can a man not take responsibility and hold himself back?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Welome back to the Basketball Blog-o-sphere, Gilbert0! Guess you are finally ready to put your game where your mouth is after a long absence.

  • Ken

    Yeah, this is pretty immature of Gil. He’s blaming the doctors for believing his lie? That’s twisted. And I agree with the point: “had the doctors held him back, he might have become resentful.” So yeah, just shut up and play.

  • Jesseg

    Come play in Phoenix and you will never have to worry about this problem!

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  • Josh D

    Saying something like that is just stupid he should controled himself so he didn’t get hurt again

  • Exile

    Co-sign Sparker.

  • Exile

    Co-sign Sparker.

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    Yeah you are right, Arenas really put them in an odd situation with this one… He could have pulled a Stephen Jackson and thrown off the chemistry in the locker room. Luckily he did get injured twice and learned his lesson, this may be why he will dominate this upcoming season.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Wizard’s docs blame Gilbert for their set-backs..

  • kobesbestfriend

    the wizards paid u gil so now its time 2 shutup and play and earn that ridiculous contract u suckered ernie grundfeld into giving u!!!and try 2 stay off halo online and work on ur superb defense and maybe ya’ll can beat king james in the playoffs finally with his crab dribble!!!

  • MalanaCream

    what a kid lol. the guy lie and after that he starts to complane, cuz they belivied him… hahha this most be a joke….

  • tavoris

    i wonder if he’s gonna get fined like Jax

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    @Tavoris, Stern wants his money. He’ll say that blaming an organization is detrimental to PR from a team to fans and will charge him $1 mil.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    translation: DO NO TREAT ME LIKE AN ADULT, OKAY?!

  • Mike Klander

    Really Gil? That’s your reasoning behind your setbacks? The doctors should have held you back. What happened to being an adult and making your own adult decisions?? If you know you’re hurt then why not make the best choices for you?

  • ClydeSays

    I almost agree with him. If I just signed a guy to a 100 mil plus contract (think the Wiz regret overpaying him now?), I want him double & triple checked and then checked again before I let him play. I wouldn’t take ‘I’m fine’ at face value.

    But nobody knows Gil’s body like he does. Everybody seemed to think he came back to early, everytime he was injured. He played in late season games he had no business being in. I’m sure part of that was self-made pressure after signing that deal. Isn’t that what ‘franchise players’ do?

    But that’s all in the past now. For Gil to call out ownership & team for ‘letting’ him play is just rediculous. Shut up for once and let your game speak for itself.

  • luv2ball

    What a coincidence, after I left the strip club I told the bouncer that he shouldn’t have let me in because I looove strippers! I think about them all day! So I procedded to blame the bouncer, the doorman and the club owners for not holding me back. IT is their fault that I spent all my money on them. So Gil and I have something in common! We need other people to keep us from our vices!

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    great new site—- http://www.thesportspost.wordpress.com please comment.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Gil, come on now. If your going to put that pressure on other people how about you RECOGNISE that 100% healing takes time and you take some responsibility too.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    #34 indeed.

  • nobs6669

    theres no reality as set backs gil. injury is injury. we shouldn’t blame anyone. your body doesn’t react as soon as they and you expect it. just try to prove that you are still one of the elite players in the league

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Lol this ain’t cool, Gil. You aren’t a child..you’re a grown-ass man. You said you were OK to play and they let you play. Now you’re blaming them? Come on.

  • catalan

    Ricky Rubio destroyed Tony Parker…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dave

    “I coulda been a contender! Those lousy bums. Now all I got is this collection of rare sharks and a widescreen television in my pool!”
    Dude is a wanker.

  • http://www.thesportspost.com VA

    ive actually played wit Gil at a gym once. He’s a fun dude to play wit but from talkin to him u can tell he is a greedy, egotistic, and selfish dude. I love gil but HE TALKS TOO DAMN MUCH. Come on Gil your not a kid anymore step up and be a man.

  • Yesse

    Ofcourse i would feel the same way or actually i did.Sprained my ankle like 3 times and well i didnt really have the best doctors in the world.@ catalan: i dunno why TP is playing so bad nowaydays.Finlands PG Petteri Koponen owned him too.

  • underdog

    Gil has more to prove than a rookie.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Act crazier next time Gil, so they will straightjacket and (Arkham) Asylum you.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm, what short memories we seem to have. Rubio did a solid job on TP, no question, but Tony’s the 2nd leading scorer of Eurobasket (Eliyahu, the 1st never made it past the 1st round, and Isreal lost all games, so..) as for him playing “worse”, yeah, this is the same Tony Parker who sprained his ankle badly while qualifying for Eurobasket against world bball giants such as Belgium etc a few weeks ago. Popovic probably had a rage induced mini stroke when he heard THAT. So to summarize, TP3 while recovering from injury is still scoring 18+ points against Euro-defenses geared to stop driving guards…with FIBA rules that allow much more contact. Yeah, Tony’s slipping.

  • http://bballin_playa66@hotmail.com desmon

    Rubio did a solid job on tp?? LOL what game were you watching?? Only person doing ANYTHIHNG for spain was rudy and pau. Rubio once again proved that he was overhyped. He’s putting up the same, backup numbers he put up when calderon was running the show. He’s garbage.

  • http://www.facebook.com mat smith

    “I told them I was ok”…. DUH….

  • lou

    Since when has being responsible for yourself gone out the window. If the hawks would have stopped Mike Vick from fighting dogs he Wouldn’t have gone to jail. Maybe Plaxico wouldn’t have shot himself and now have to do 2 years. Your an adult, people cannot make you do things you don’t want to do. Maybe there is something to wearing High tops when you play basketball. Maybe the team shouldn’t have let you get that stupid tattoo on your chest. Grow up. The president is black, we are a free people, Rosa parks decided to sit , you should have done the same. You don’t see Juwan Howard blaming the wizards for getting genital warts when he was on the team or the lawsuit he had to pay out. Gil just chill take a look at the man in the mirror, and contemplate who is really to blame.