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Gilbert Arenas post-gun possession charge: "moving aside for Wall to become a star" - achali - 10-07-2010 01:00 AM
Gilbert Arenas of Wizards eyes future
"Right now I'm out there to hit open shots, teach John the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on -- on my way... This is the NBA. There's few players that stay in the same city, so right now the city is John's. I'm not here to fight anybody. I'm here to play alongside of him."
"He's Batman, I'm Robin... When I came in, Larry [Hughes] moved aside for me to become a star, and I'm moving aside for [Wall] to become a star."
"It's a double-headed sword... I guess at this point I'm at that point where people are going to nitpick everything I do just because I got in trouble, so... I've just got to be serious and worry about what I'm doing."
"I lost all feeling a long time ago... Basketball is basketball now, no matter what floor I'm on."
"...The only place I want to smile is on the court... That's where my job is, that's where my love is. That's the only time I need to smile now."
RE: Gilbert Arenas post-gun possession charge: "moving aside for Wall to become a star" - achali - 10-13-2010 11:14 AM
Gilbert Arenas says the knee injury that kept him out of the Wizards' preseason home opener wasn't an injury at all, but a ruse designed to get a teammate more playing time.
Washington coach Flip Saunders said before Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks that Arenas' knee was bothering him. "His knee is acting up and is a little sore, and it looks like he's going to sit this one out," Saunders said.
But after the game, Arenas revealed his scheme to get Nick Young into the starting lineup.
"I told [Young] I'd sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he's kind of frustrated he's not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we're going three guards," said a smiling Arenas. "So I told him I'll go and fake an injury or say something's wrong with me so you can start."
The plan worked, for both Young and the Wizards. Young started, played 31 minutes and scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Wizards to a 107-92 win.
When asked how his knee is feeling, Arenas said "I'm fine," The Washington Post reported.
Arenas signalled he would play in the Wizards' game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, according to the report.
Tuesday's game, in addition to being rookie John Wall's preseason home debut, was to be Arenas' first appearance for Washington at the Verizon Center since his 50-game suspension last season for bringing guns into the locker room. Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, scored 19 points and added seven assists.
Arenas has maintained a businesslike approach during the preseason, showing little of the charisma that helped make him a star before the scandal.