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Bringing The Latest Bout Of Gilbertology Back To Reality

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Updated: December 28, 2010

Gilbert Arenas’ recent Q&A with ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace was disappointing, to say the least. So let’s look back at some interesting tidbits from it, starting with the best part, which came at the end:

Arenas was asked: “Do you look back on anything that played out over the last 12 months with any regret?”

His answer: “Nope. No need to. Look around me. I’ve got a fresh start. I’ve got too much to look forward to.”

At one level, you think, ‘What an asshole.’ I’m sure Arenas wasn’t meaning to be an asshole, but it is an asshole-ish response.

But as a baseline, it’s a very selfish comment that comes as no surprise. Essentially, Arenas does not regret initially using his kids as a conduit for a lie to cover up his actions (because as court evidence would confirm, he brought guns into the locker room from home on the day of the incident … in a frontward facing backpack no less), then using guns as a “prank” in the building of the deceased owner of the Wizards, an owner who’d clearly made efforts against gun violence one of his priorities.

From words I heard Arenas casually speak while he was still a Wizard this season, I’m still under the impression that he continues to find himself less than culpable for his gun-related actions … making quips about the “real” story still not being out and what-have-you.

And now, none of that matters to him. It doesn’t matter than his airplane card game bullying effectively ended Javaris Crittenton’s NBA career. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable he left the rest of his teammates. Arenas continues to make himself believe that all of that was blown out of proportion. Perhaps that’s another one of his ways of dealing with things — just like mocking the matter via Twitter. Now, he’s just lying to himself.

“But this act right here [the gun thing] is totally different than [other Arenas pranks] … I mean this is … you don’t play around with this type of situation. Something could have went wrong.”

Those were Antawn Jamison’s words not long after the gun incident. The Gentleman Jamison was clearly affected, a sentiment easily reflected by others with the organization who were made uncomfortable by the presence of guns. But concerns of teammates seemingly do not come into Arenas’ consideration.

Arenas was also asked by Wallace: “A year ago today, a year removed from the infamous moment in the locker room in Washington, do you remember what the atmosphere was like, what the mood was like?”

His response: “It was December 21st. The funny part about it is, the atmosphere was no different than it usually is. It wasn’t as big as everyone [made it] seem. It was like three minutes, and then everybody was back to normal. Everybody was joking about it. And then, nine days later, it becomes … (drifts to silence).”

Not sure what Arenas meant by “normal” … I suppose “normal” was a team that continued to drift amidst losing futility … a team mired with an 8-17 record prior to the gun incident … a team falling vastly short of expectations with two of its three main players (Arenas and Caron Butler) clearly not getting along. Yea, pretty normal I suppose.

And in the first game after the gun incident? Well, after his starters — Arenas, Randy Foye, Butler, Jamison and Brendan Haywood — came out with a horrendously poor effort in the first four minutes of the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers, Flip Saunders subbed all of them out at once, replacing them with Earl Boykins, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche and Fabricio Oberto. Upon checking out, the usually cool-headed Jamison swung and punched the baseline scrolling advertising machine with the side of his first. The move by Saunders later served as the catalyst for the starters returning to game and taking down a bad Sixers team.

But all was pretty normal, right?

When asked by Wallace: “How often do you still reflect on the darkest moments of that ordeal?”

Arenas countered with classic blame deflection: “I reflect back on it and, put it like this, I’ve seen worse in our locker room.”

When given a chance to reflect on his own deeds, Arenas points to the deeds of others, which he then chooses not to expand upon. Kinda sounds like my reasoning with teacher when I got in trouble in the third grade … “But look what Johnny did!” {points finger in Johnny’s direction}.

I’m neither surprised nor incensed at Arenas’ comments. I’m disappointed. Disappointed that he still doesn’t really get it. Disappointed that he uses childlike tactics to clear his conscious. Disappointed that Arenas is kicking the pendulum from ‘thanks for the memories’ to ‘good riddance’. But that’s what classic Gilbertology is all about, a separation and escape from reality. Good luck.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle lives in D.C. with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.