Gilbert Arenas “Fakes” Injury For Teammate’s Benefit (Video)
Barry Rothbard 02:24 pm, October 13th, 2010
Gilbert Arenas, the Washington Wizards guard known as "Agent Zero," lived up to his off-beat persona last night by feigning an injury so teammate Nick Young could get more playing time. Arenas told coach Flip Saunders before the game that his knee was sore, so Saunders logically kept him out of the starting lineup, allowing Young to put up 24 points.
According to reports, and as seen in the video below, Arenas wasn't really hurting too much. He told reporters that he was really just making a "sacrifice."
Arenas told reporters, in a jovial manner, about his plan.
"I told [Young] I'd sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he's kind of frustrated he's not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we're going three guards," said a smiling Arenas. "So I told him I'll go and fake an injury or say something's wrong with me so you can start."
Arenas went on to tell reporters that his knee is feeling completely fine. Judging by his tone and expression in the video below, it seems like he could be playing a bit of a game with the media that tore him apart for last year's gun fiasco.
Here's the video of Gilbert being Gilbert.
Gilbert is just a quirky guy--he trains his pitbulls on treadmills, among other bizarre hobbies. He also yells "Hibachi" before he throws up a shot.
But claiming he faked an injury is just a stupid move for both his image and future. Sure, he's made it no secret that he believes he's on his way out of Washington. If he wants to convince people he's serious about a comeback, if he wants another ludicrous contract, this is not the way to do it.