Tag:Gilbert Arenas
Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 4:54 pm

League fines Gilbert Arenas for Twitter comments

Posted by Royce Young

Gilbert Arenas' return to Twitter was pretty much a godsend for sportswriters and fans. Nobody is more candid, wacky, clever and borderline crazy than Arenas, so bottling him up into 140 characters or less is a sure thing for good results.

Kind of like Charlie Sheen with a shoe deal. Or something.

Except that sometimes he crosses a line. At least a line the league has set. It didn't take long, but according to the Orlando Sentinel, the NBA fined Arenas for comments he made on Twitter.

The league didn't specify for how much or what tweets he was fined for, but take your pick, I guess. In between uploading pictures of his fishing trips, Arenas has made a couple of potentially derogatory comments about women. That could've done the trick.

Arenas took to Twitter (of course) to vent about the fine.
"yesthe nba has fined me....for being to awesome..so i can give you the shoes for FREE but gotta charge you for the jokes... i cant believe i got fined..how do i explain this to the lady at the bank...this is gonna take another 40mins... or i could just write a check and if theres a lockout just cancel the check it and maybe they will forget.....i think that will work.."

Arenas, who's never been one to take himself seriously, continued to make light of the situation in his next Twitter messages: "its okay it all evens it self out..i get fined from the nba........im stealing cable from my neighbors..so bam bam jackpot...hahaha".
I find it a little strange, though, because other players have said similar things or worse on their accounts. Arenas was either singled out or caught. I'm sure that's why he's a bit frustrated.

The Magic didn't comment on it. But that's just Gilbert, I guess. It was only a matter of time before he got himself in trouble. Gilbert Arenas unfiltered and unedited is fun for us but bad for his bank account.

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:20 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:42 am

Dwight Howard calls out paper for 'dumb articles'

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard criticizes his local newspaper for its coverage of his future with the team. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwight-howard-lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers bombed out of the playoffs, the Orlando Magic bombed out of the playoffs and Dwight Howard hasn't yet committed to a long-term contract extension, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to think up a trade scenario between the two teams that centers around the All-Star center. Back in the day, Shaquille O'Neal went from Disneyworld to Disneyland and many assume Howard will do the same thing.

No one has been more aggressive in tracking that potential move than the Orlando Sentinel, who created a website application that allowed users to dress up Howard in the jerseys of different teams, including the Lakers. (An image from the application is shown to the right.)

On Monday night, Howard took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its coverage of his future (all sics are his).
"Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It's annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh"
In a series of follow-up tweets, Howard clarified that he's not blaming the media.
"I'm not blaming the media. I'm saying stop with the dumb articles. They don't make be decision of mine. I jus don't want Orlando fans to believe them. Cuz they don't know. I love my city"
Assessing the Sentinel's Magic page on Monday night, you could read a column calling on Howard to inform the team of his future plans, a story about L.A.'s pursuit of Howard, a story that led with discussion of the Howard-to-Lakers talk, video of Howard describing the state of his contract negotiations with the Magic and a poll for fans to vote whether they would trade Howard and guard Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers for Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Steve Blake.

There's probably more, but you get the point.

No one -- especially not Howard -- should be surprised by the volume of coverage of his future. It's far and away the dominant storyline concerning the franchise from now until the second he is signed to an extension or traded. Griping will get him absolutely nowhere. Newsflash Superman, they're just getting started.

Ultimately, the paper's reporters are really just doing their jobs: feeding an insatiable beast. Well, except for that jersey application. That was kind of a low blow.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:14 pm

Can Arenas save Orlando? No, don't be stupid.

Gilbert Arenas can't save the Magic. But can the Magic save themselves?
Posted by Matt Moore

Gilbert Arenas was going to be the hero of Game 4 for the Magic. It was all there. Arenas scored 20 points off the bench on 9-18 shooting. The triumphant hero returns to save the day, and saving himself in the process. It really was all there. So even though the Magic lost that game, Arenas is going to get playing time in the next game after being DNP-CDs in the first two, right? According to SVG in the Orlando Sentinel, that's spot-on:
I'm not stupid!" Stan Van Gundy said after the Magic completed practice today.

"Yeah, he's going to get his opportunity again tomorrow. There's no question. I think that he played great. I've tried to say this in his defense all year: If you look, last night with J-Rich out, he knew he would get more extended minutes. So I think he plays more — I'm not going to say 'relaxed' — but more confidently that he doesn't have to worry that it's going to be a four- or five-minute stint.

"I'm not going to sit him out tomorrow after what he did. We'll see how it goes. We'll see what adjustments they make to his pick-and-rolls."
via Gilbert Arenas: Stan Van Gundy says Gilbert Arenas definitely will play in Game 5 - OrlandoSentinel.com.

No, SVG, you are not stupid. You may be desperate, though. 

Arenas finished that magical game 1-5. He went to the layup off the pick and roll time after time, to his credit. But the Hawks' defense was also overreacting to Dwight Howard. Sure, if Arenas can continue to finish and get past the Hawks' defense, which will have Zaza Pachulia back, then maybe he can have a big game. But Arenas was also 1-3 from the perimeter. Gilbert Arenas isn't going to fix the Magic's perimeter shooting on his own, and unless that happens, the Magic are starting their vacation tonight. This isn't to say that the Hawks haven't had anything to do with the Magic's terrible perimeter shooting, they're running them off as well as a team can. Nor does it mean that a good shooting performance from the wings will automatically fix things and assure a win. But it has to be part of it. 

More troubling, though, is the idea that Arenas can be the difference maker. He had a fine game. Maybe he has another one. But Arenas is never going to be the Agent Zero of old. Those days are gone, there's a tombstone that marks the era and everyone, Arenas included, has to move on. Arenas can be a competent role player, provide a spark, and help the Magic stave off elimination long enough to get the pressure back on Atlanta, a position that team is in no way ready to thrive in. That's all you can hope for. 

The only thing that's saving the Magic is the Magic. They won as a team throughout this era of contention. The shipwrecked phrase, "Live together, die alone" comes to mind. 

Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:58 pm

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Posted by Royce Young

Oh, Gilbert Arenas. You were supposed to be The Difference. You were supposed to be that go-to scorer the Magic could rely upon to spare Dwight Howard in crucial moments. You were supposed to be a lot of things when general manager Otis Smith traded for you in December.

One thing you most definitely were not supposed to be? A third string point guard.

And that's where Arenas currently sits on the Magic depth chart via the Orlando Sentinel.

Van Gundy used SF Hedo Turkoglu as the team’s backup point guard during the second half on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what we’re doing,” Van Gundy said. “I haven’t decided exactly what we’re doing. I know Jameer’s going to play a lot of minutes. I know we’re going to use J.J. [Redick off the bench], I know we’re going to use Q[uentin Richardson] and I know we’re going to use Ryan [Anderson].

“As far as what we do at the backup point, I’m not totally sure.”

I like Van Gundy's move there. Play stupid. I have no idea what I am doing with this situation. But I will show you in how I distribute minutes, so in fact, I do know. Total, Arenas has played 18 minutes in this series and is 3-8 from the floor. He played only six minutes in Game 2. Like I said, I think that sort of tells you what the Magic are doing with him.

Good news though: Arenas is just owed $62 million over the next three years. Well, I guess that's actually very bad news. But it was obvious when Otis Smith pulled this deal that he was desperate to pull out all the stops. Getting Jason Richardson and Turkoglu has worked relatively well, but Arenas has been pretty much a disaster.

I think he still has a lot of skill, but he just has no clue how he's supposed to play. He just doesn't seem to comprehend a role where he doesn't have the green light to launch from 30 feet. Arenas is a terrific scorer and someone that could absolutely put the Magic over the top. That is, if he could rediscover his game and play like the Gilbert from 2005.

That doesn't appear to be happening and Van Gundy sees it more than anyone. Arenas isn't scoring, he isn't creating and he isn't defending. So Van Gundy has to pull the plug on it. Arenas will still see minutes, but not too many teams are comfortable paying a third stringer $20 million a year. It was said at the time of the deal that the move for Arenas was high risk, high reward. So far, not a lot of reward.
Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 6:25 pm

Road to the Finals: Orlando Magic

The Magic's window seems closed. What do they have to do to pry it back open?
Posted by Matt Moore

It's been a season of dramatics in the NBA. The Lakers aspiring for a second three-peat under Phil Jackson to send him off in style. The Celtics trying to make one more run to the championship to get the elusive multiple titles while dealing with a reformation of the core after a trade of Kendrick Perkins. The Heat. Just, the Heat. The Bulls' rise behind Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau. The Spurs making one last great charge with their core. 

But lost in all this is Orlando. 

Set with a backdrop of fantasy (it's Disney World for crying out loud - how much more symbolic do you want to get?), this season has become a crushing work of disillusionment illustrating the crash of reality on a franchise that was a Courtney-Lee-blown alley-oop from really putting the boots back to the Lakers in the Finals two years ago. The Magic aren't just a team that thought it had the championship window firmly propped open for years. They are an illustration of the have-not nature in the NBA, despite their making what can only be considered the best effort possible. 

Orlando poneyed up for the new arena critics of small-markets allege the non-top cities never approve. Ownership elected to go above and beyond the cap, deep into the luxury tax. They were smart enough to draft, and develop, a franchise player, acquire a competitive and arguably brilliant head coach, surround the team with competent role players. When the 2009 team failed to get past the last challenge, management did not get complacent, and instead opted for the home-run move you're supposed to make, according to many. Vince Carter, for all his Vince-Carter-ness, was still a legit star in the summer of 2009. They went for the big move. When that didn't work out, they once again swung for the fences. You can't say Otis Smith didn't try. 

But here they are. Entering the playoffs as the worst seed they've been since 2008, with little to no momentum, and considered nothing more than after-thought in the playoffs. They are a speedbump in the road to the Finals for teams from Miami, Chicago, Boston. They gambled. They lost. And the worst part of all is this season may turn out to be the one that gives Dwight Howard an excuse to leave Orlando; it may be the one reflected on as what turns Howard away; it may be the year Orlando lost their franchise center, again. 

And then, very dimly, way in the back there, behind the headlines about "DWIGHT TO NY 2012" and "HOWARD THINKS L.A. WEATHER IS AWESOME, COULD HEAD THERE IN 2012?" is this simple formula. The Magic have an elite defense, an array of shooter who have yet to really show how good they can be if they do start clicking, a solid-to-good point guard, and have we mentioned their defense is pretty awesome? In 2009, I talked myself into picking Orlando against both Boston and Cleveland based on their ability to trample any team if they get hot. Offense never wins a championship, but great shooting and elite defense does. And Orlando still has that, at its systemic level. 

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" target="_blank">Miami Heat The problem is when you get beyond the system. The idea isn't wrong. Stan Van Gundy's structure of building shooters with a driver mixed in to swarm around Howard, create specing, force the double, kick, kick, and find the open shot is a sound one. Play great defense around the best defensive player, create and knock down open threes around the biggest, baddest center in the land. Win. That works. What doesn't work are the elements wrapped around Howard specifically. Hedo Turkoglu, who had a nice start to his time in Orlando but in reality doesn't have the first-step necessary to get the edge on penetration. Brandon Bass, who doesn't have the sheer muscle to fill Howard's role when the big guy sits or gets in foul trouble. Gilbert Arenas.

Oh, Gilbert. 

Arenas is the big missing piece. As in, where he stands, there's an empty shell of a guard that can't shoot, drive, or create. The Magic wasted a huge contract in Rashard Lewis to get Arenas. Lewis wasn't of considerable usefulness at this point, but he was more useful than Arenas has been. 

But then, is there anyone in the league more unpreditable than Gilbert Arenas?

A first-round series against the Hawks shouldn't be too much trouble, but there are pitfalls hidden there. The Magic don't have a forward to match Josh Smith's explosiveness. Al Horford does surprisgingly well against centers bigger than him. He'll lose to Howard, but if he can even hold his own, the onus shifts elsewhere. Kirk Hinrich is a stellar perimeter defender, if a bit overrated at this point, but Nelson has shown to step up in the playoffs against less athletic point guards (prior to being detonated against Rajon Rondo, of course). Jason Richardson should have a huge impact. 

That's where it gets tough. The Bulls are a hard team for anyone to beat, and while the Magic pushing the Bulls to the wire without Howard last weekend has to give them a measure of confidence, trying to stop Rose is going to be a challenge that Dwight Howard can only do so much against. Joakim Noah, Kurt Thomas, Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, the Bulls have fouls upon fouls to throw at Howard. That's what makes Howard such a big x-factor. He's reliable for 20-12. If he could get to that next level? If he could hit his free throws, land a few and-ones on a fadeaway, take over games on both ends like he does on defense? The Magic become an entirely different creature. But that's the issue. Howard hasn't shown that ability on any consistent basis. He'll have one, maybe two games that are out of this world. The question is if they'll come at a time when it makes a difference. 

Dwight Howard won't win the MVP because everyone questions his ability to take over a game, even though no one has an equal impact on the floor consistently minute-per-minute on both ends of the floor. And voters are probably correct in that assessment. Maybe that's the most bizarre twist in all this. The failures of the Magic may provide an out for Howard to leave in pursuit of a championship, and he's capable of being the very thing that pushes Orlando to a championship. 

The Magic aren't out of this. If they get hot from the perimeter, they're incredibly difficult to stop. Jason Richardson steps up in huge ways in the playoffs. They have weapons, they have defense, they have strategy. 

But the narrative still holds. The confidence is gone. It wouldn't take a miracle for the Magic to reach the Finals. 

But it would definitely seem like it.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 7:58 pm

Funny story, Arenas' cold streak may be legit

Gilbert Arenas says his struggles may be because he's under the weather. Turns out he may be right about why his shot has cooled off so badly. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Pretty much whenever Gilbert Arenas opens his mouth, it's kind of like Ron Artest at this point. You listen, nod your head, and throw his comments on the career pile of wacky stuff he's spit out over the years. But for whatever reason, Arenas' latest wackadoodle comment had a shred of truth to it. From CBSSports.com's own Ken Berger: 

“Cities that are high on the map, I have trouble with,” Arenas said. “Like this city during the winter. But as soon as February shows up – that’s why they call me Mr. February, because I’ll be dunking and jumping around in practice. I’m glad we’re about to have a month basically at home so I can just get my rhythm and be in the warm weather where my knee is going to feel a lot better. It’s like day and night. It’s weird.”

Asked when it will feel better, Arenas said, “As soon as we land in Orlando. When it’s cold, the coldness swells in my joints and puts moisture in my joints and that’s what makes it stiff. So once I get to a warm city, or any city that has high humidity, I’m fine.”
via The artist formerly known as Gilbert Arenas - CBSSports.com.

Now, lots of players like to talk about things that seem to affect their games without actually affecting their games. But in Arenas' case? He's got a point. Let's take a look at some numbers from Basketball-Reference.com.

For his career, Arenas is a 42% shooter from the field and a 35% three-point shooter. But in January, Arenas shoots just 41% from the field and 31% from the arc. In February? 42% and 37%. Then in March? It jumps to 43% and 38%. His point totals drop, too. Check it out in this super-cheesy graph I made: 

So maybe there is something to what Arenas has said about his knee locking up in the cold months in the cities "high on the map." In fact, in 2004-2005, Arenas' best months for point production were January and February, even if his shooting percentages dropped over all. But in his career best season of 2005-2006, we see the same winterly decline pattern, as he scored just 25 points per game on 44% shooting versus his season average of 39 on 45%. 

But saying he's Mr. February may be a bit much. Maybe Mr. Valentine? Or Mr. March? Perhaps Mr. Pre-Easter? Mr. Ides?  Granted, Arenas' overall numbers are still sliding due to the knee injuries, age, and diminished skills. He's not the scorer he once was, no matter what month of year it is. But either way, it turns out that among the bonkers things Arenas has said throughout his career, this one was actually a little bit on the money.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:24 pm

Dwight Howard is already setting up an escape

Dwight Howard has started making a list of cities to bolt to even as he says he wants to win a championship in Orlando. But doesn't some of that burden fall on him?
Posted by Matt Moore

The worst part of all this is that Dwight Howard won't come out and say it. He's pulling the whole routine. From saying how much he loves the fans, to saying he "just" wants to win a championship, to leaking to the press through people close to him that he wants to go to a big market, he's following the plan, the blueprint, the design.

The LeBron James "Set Up Your Escape" plan. Copyright 2010. 

From Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: 

Howard evidently is willing to be patient. A free agent in 2012 along with the Hornets' Chris Paul, Howard has yet to form a strong opinion one way or the other, according to a person with knowledge of his thinking. Stay or go? To paraphrase LeBron, what should he do? If he does leave, Howard has his eyes on two teams -- the Lakers and Knicks -- as the big-market destinations where he'll chase down his championships and marketing opportunities if things don't work out in the Sunshine State. The Nets, who are supposed to be in Brooklyn by then, also are in the mix, the person said.
via Magic's troubling questions surround futures of Howard, Arenas - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

You've seen this before, right? With Shaquille O'Neal, obviously, in the same city, leaving for one of those cities on Howard's list, then winning championships while yet another small market team is made out to be the farm system. (But really, revenue sharing and parity isn't a problem in this league!) You've seen this before with LeBron James, never saying he was going to leave, saying he loved the fans, and that he just wants to win a championship. 

And that's the big one, right there. Because somewhere along the way, that's become our excuse. It predates even Kevin Garnett, but he's the most recent example. Any sort of franchise-crippling behavior and hostage-holding endeavors are excused in the pursuit of "winning a championship." The problem? This talk of winning a title always seems to come without any responsibility for the player. It's always about the GM, the coach, the organization doing more for the free-agent-to-be. 

Dwight Howard's not saying, "I want to win a championship, so I'm going to stop leaving 4.8 points per game on the floor with my free-throw shooting." He's not saying, "I want to win a championship, so I'm going to work on my footwork beyond a three-day session with Hakeem Olajuwon and become a truly dominant offensive center." He's not saying, "I want a championship, so I'm going to lead my guys to one." Instead he's laughing, making commercials, ratcheting up technical fouls as he spirals towards a suspension, and setting up the blame to be elsewhere. 

We're supposed to believe that if the Magic fail to win a title, it's due to a lack of endeavor or ingenuity on Otis Smith's part. But what has Smith done in Orlando? He's provided Howard with a crack stretch four with perimeter range and a versatile combo-forward who could run the pick and roll. When those options overstayed their usefulness, he jettisoned them, with no regard for their contribution to the franchise, because he was doing everything in his power to secure a championship-caliber team for Howard. He brought in Vince Carter, former All-Star. He helped develop Jameer Nelson as a sub-All-Star caliber point guard. He brought in Brandon Bass for a true power forward. He found a steal in young Ryan Anderson. He flipped Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis for a range of talent, including the player Howard had found the most success in the pick and roll with, Hedo Turkoglu, and a top perimeter player in Jason Richardson. Gilbert Arenas was icing on the cake, for crying out loud. 

And we're supposed to believe that Orlando hasn't done enough? Sure Howard had a dominant first half. But then he vanished against the Celtics. The Magic keep trying to find different perimeter concoctions to overtake the Celtics, but in reality? The best way to beat the Celtics is to bash their head in with the most powerful center in the game.  The same center who still, even in an MVP-worthy season, has trouble establishing position, and often follows the same footwork time and time again, leading to blocks, turnovers, and frustration. Howard never adapts to how the Celtics defend him, instead he wonders why the rest of the Magic can't hit a shot. 

This isn't to say Howard isn't an elite player. He is, by any possible measure. He's having an MVP-type season. But he's already starting to formulate an escape plan to get him out of Orlando without sacrificing his public image. He's making the failures out to be everyone's but his own. He'll wind up in a big market that can lure top free agents or trade prospects and he'll simply overwhelm others with talent, as we've seen the Lakers and Celtics do over the past four seasons.  And then he'll be lauded as the greatest, even if he doesn't improve a bit. 

If Howard wants to play in a bigger market to expand his commercial potential, fine. He's a businessman, he's got to take care of his own. If he wants to play somewhere he'll amazingly get more attention than he already does, have bigger parties, or more celebrity opportunities, that's his right. As a free agent, you get to decide where you work. But don't pretend that everything is done in the pursuit of a championship. A championship is more than just an overwhelming amount of talent. It's about sacrifice, devotion, and a commitment to being the absolute best part of your team you can be. 

If Dwight Howard really wants to win a championship, if he truly wants to be great, he needs to take responsibility for that endeavor, and not hold a franchise hostage, forced into panic over the prospect of losing him. 

But then, that's no longer the model.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 8:52 pm

Gilbert Arenas served papers by ex at halftime

Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas was served papers by his ex-girlfriend during halftime of Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat. Postedgilbert-arenas-magic by Ben Golliver.

Before Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas was all smiles, posing and laughing with his teammates as they mocked Heat forward LeBron James's famouse "team photo" ritual. Surely, he wasn't in such a good mood at halftime.

The Associated Press reports that Arenas was served child support papers by his ex-girlfriend, Laura Govan, during halftime of Thursday night's nationally-televised game.
A process server stopped Arenas as he walked off the court Thursday night against the Miami Heat. The court documents, obtained by The Associated Press, were a California petition filed by Laura Mendoza Govan. She identifies herself as his ex-girlfriend in the documents.
The petition seeks custody and child support for three children that Govan says Arenas fathered and has since "financially cut off." She is also seeking support for another unborn child.
Magic GM Otis Smith, who is Arenas' mentor and traded for him in December, confirmed the report to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday night.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post noted that Arenas discussed the trouble with Govan on a 106.7 FM radio show.
People facing expensive court battles usually keep quiet, but the former Wizard was awfully chatty in his call into our colleague Mike Wise's 106.7 FM radio show. It's all lies, Arenas claimed -- except the bit about what Govan said he spends on his legendary shark tank. Yes, it's really five grand a month: "I'd rather spend $5,000 on my fish than have a drinking problem." The sharks, he claimed, have died, because of "somebody throwing pennies in the fish tank." No names.
Otherwise, he accused Govan of overhyping his finances. "If you look back at the last couple breakups of any NBA athlete... it's a format they all go by to get more child support money... This is not 'Basketball Wives.'... These girls got to stop living a fantasy world." As for him: "You make bad choices as an adult, and we pick the wrong woman sometime." Ouch. Govan did not reply by press time.
Govan clearly didn't reply by press time because she was too busy planning an official reply at halftime. 

What a mess. 
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