"We were just saying, you might have arguments, discussions, a confrontation with a teammate, but how serious could it be where you felt you had to bring a gun into the locker room?'' asked Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace. "That's crazy.''
Wallace was speaking before the Bobcats/Heat game Saturday, sitting one seat away from his often-combustible teammate Stephen Jackson, who was suspended for seven games in 2006 after trying to settle an argument by firing his gun in a strip club parking lot when he played for the Indiana Pacers.
"Guys have got to protect themselves, but it makes no sense to have a gun in the locker room with teammates,'' Jackson said after the Bobcats' 107-97 victory. "There's no reason to get so mad you'd want to pull a gun on a teammate. Even I can't imagine that. No way would I ever think about that -- bringing a gun to a game, or into the locker room. Nothing should make you that mad.''
The Arenas story has varied, depending upon the sources, but it ranges from Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton each drawing guns in the locker room after arguing about unpaid gambling debt to Arenas laying out his three guns on a chair in the locker room and telling Crittenton to pick one.
The story does include a law-enforcement investigation into Arenas' admission that he had brought at least one of his guns to the Verizon Center, where the Wizards play. Both NBA commissioner David Stern and Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld have issued statements backing the investigation.
"We've been talking about it. We're still trying to figure out in our locker room, what, if any situation, you would feel a need to have a gun in here,'' Wallace said. "And I don't have an answer. I don't think any of us do.''
The story, which has far-reaching implications for the league, is being watched closely by both players and coaches around the league.
"It's a scary thing for the whole NBA. We're watching it closely to see how it develops,'' said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "At this point, there is so much speculation that it's hard to figure what is fact and what is fiction. Awareness will be heightened, and it should be. Every team will be more aware, more educated.''