Out of Bounds: Arenas Gun Probe No Laughing Matter

» January 3, 2010 4:36 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

Adrian Wojnarowski’s compendium on the locker room confrontation between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, which could lead to an NBA suspension or possible jail time, is long on eye-opening anecdotes and brutally honest assessments, ending with this one:

Arenas is trying to laugh his way out of something that isn’t funny and isn’t a joke to his franchise, to the NBA. Maybe Agent Zero tried to get one too many laughs, but whatever happened, however he tries to spin it now, the consequences promise to be immense for him. He has a story for law enforcement on Monday, and maybe it’s the truth and they’ll believe it. Eventually, he’s going to New York for a most unforgiving judge and jury in Olympic Tower, for David Stern, and it will be a good, long time before Gilbert Arenas is back in the NBA.

Asked to comment on the incident, Nets guard Devin Harris estimated that as many as 75 percent of NBA players own guns. UPDATE:  Chauncey Billups, who has changed teams six times, puts the number at 50, adding:  “You got to understand — it’s for protection reasons. We’re targets when we go out, for robberies, so you always have to be worried about protecting everything you worked hard all your life for.”

The NBA currently does not have a league-wide policy on such games, with players left with plenty of free time, holding envelopes stuffed with $113 in per diem for each day of impending trips that can last 10 days or even longer.

Essentially, that makes it a states-rights issue.

“I stopped my guys from playing when I was in Detroit,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “It’s the arguments and stuff over the money.”

The problem is, NBA coaches have enough to handle, let alone what happens on the river and the turn.

“You get a guy who likes to gamble,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said, “he can get on a plane and lose $10,000 and it’s not a problem.

“The stakes aren’t important, as long as everybody’s losing what they can afford to lose.”

Although gun culture flatly is prohibited by the NBA, card culture is practically fabric of the sport.

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