Gilbert Arenas: Making Jumpers, in Halfway House

by May 07, 2010

The WaPo caught up with some of the people who’ve spent a lot of time with Gil of late in a halfway house, and they say he’s happy and canning jumpers in their faces. So, he’s got that going for him. Which is nice: “Good news, Washington basketball fans: The reports from a local halfway house have Gilbert Arenas in good spirits and nailing his jump shots. ‘You leave him open, he’s going to make it,’ said Tony Dorsey, one of 10 halfway house residents who agreed this week to discuss their life with Arenas over the past month. The Wizards star, who pleaded guilty this year in D.C. Superior Court to a felony handgun violation stemming from a locker room incident at Verizon Center, has been serving a 30-day sentence inside the facility, near White Flint mall in Montgomery County. He is scheduled to be released Friday. Arenas was one of 152 offenders sleeping at the halfway house this week, according to Thursday’s head count. Most have jobs or perform court-ordered community service during the day. Arenas has served as a mentor for juvenile offenders at New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel. In the evenings, he watches TV in community rooms, plays chess, talks with others in the cafeteria, has family visits and goes out back for pickup basketball games, according to his fellow residents. ‘He makes you a better player,’ said Dorsey, who said he was serving out a probation violation.”