First let me say that contrary to what you might believe, this does not involve Gilbert Arenas and any actual firearms this time. In case you don’t remember, Arenas is a former NBA All-Star who played the bulk of his career with the Washington Wizards. In 2009, Arenas admitted to storing unloaded firearms in his locker which led to him being suspended for the remainder of that season and effectively making the rest of his NBA stint forgetful.
After the Wizards handled the Indiana Pacers with somewhat ease on Monday night, Arenas took to his Instagram account. There he posted multiple photos to poke fun at the struggling Pacers center Roy Hibbert. It is hard to blame somebody in saying that Hibbert is not playing well; it’s clear to all of us and has been for some time now. However, for somebody with the reputation that Arenas has made me sit back and chuckle for a few minutes, not only for the fact that he is two weeks late to this joke, but also to reminisce on the worst NBA contract in league history.
In 2008, the Wizards re-signed Arenas to a six year deal worth $111 million, a move they quickly regretted after what took place just one year later. Because of a 2010 trade, the Orlando Magic are still responsible for paying Arenas until 2016. That is not the only money that he is bringing in, though. In 2012-13 he played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association leading them to an impressive 10-22 record.
All jokes aside, the Pacers have struggled mightily and have once again lost home-court advantage in the playoffs. The Wizards are a better team than the Atlanta Hawks were, and if they get a chance to eliminate the Pacers this round I have a good feeling they will take advantage. Tonight is huge for both teams but more so Indiana. I still believe in Hibbert and want to see him get at least one more half tonight to turn it around. If he cannot it is time for Frank Vogel to make a move, and this time it should be permanent.