David Stern Tells Gilbert Arenas Not to Discuss Gun Incident
According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, NBA commissioner David Stern is doing everything in his power to leave the incident where it belongs: back in 2009.
Stern spoke with Arenas this week, and he informed him that anything is fair game for him to discuss moving forward -- except, of course, the gun incident that took place last December, which ended up getting him suspended for the remainder of the season.
"It's time to move on, rather than obsess about the past," Stern said in a telephone interview with Lee on Wednesday. "It's just that it's been discussed, and discussed, and discussed. It's been written about, and written about, and written about on each occasion -- his release, his sentencing, my ruling or what have you -- and at some point, it's time to move on. I think he's entitled to do that. And I'm supportive of him. We're lucky he's well and we like the way he's worked with various groups over the summer. And we think it's time. Millions and millions of dollars later, and a new season later, I think it's time to move on. And that's what I told him."
In this case, the commissioner has gotten it 100 percent right.
Nothing, and I mean nothing good can come of Arenas (or anyone in the Wizards' organization) rehashing the incident of a season ago, when Arenas thought it would be funny to lay out weapons in the Washington locker room as a way to inject humor into a tense, gambling-related incident that took place between him and one of his then-teammates, Javaris Crittenton.
The incident cost Arenas more than half of a season's pay, and cost the Wizards any chance they had at making the playoffs, and maybe even more than that -- the team decided to blow up its core midseason by trading Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison out of town for what amounted to nothing more than spare parts.
The Wizards have hope this season, in the form of the No. 1 overall draft pick, John Wall. Washington would be best-suited to focus on a future based on Wall and Arenas, instead of one where they rehash a past based on guns, Arenas, Butler, Jamison, and what only might have been.