Arenas's Remarks Stir Up Locker Room

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 28, 2009

In addition to creating plenty of buzz over his anticipated return in tonight's game against Detroit, Gilbert Arenas stirred up some drama in his own locker room with comments he made in a column written by Mike Wise for yesterday's editions.

Specifically, Arenas pointedly questioned the work ethic and professionalism of some of the team's young players, while naming rookie center JaVale McGee, second-year guards Nick Young and Javaris Crittenton, and fourth-year forward Andray Blatche.

According to team insiders, Blatche was particularly upset and declined to do interviews after yesterday's practice because of it. However, it's worth recalling that other veterans on the team, including co-captains Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, have made similar, albeit more tactful, comments over the course of the season. Jamison addressed the issue yesterday.

"There's a certain way you say it," Jamison said. "And let's be honest: Some of it is not their fault. This is the first time a lot of guys have been in this situation and the expectations were very high of those guys. Granted they didn't perform the way we would've liked, but you can say that about some of the vets. We didn't perform the way we expected. It's all right to beat 'em down but you still have to give 'em a pat on the back and let 'em know that we still love you guys. Those are the things that will hopefully make them better. The most important thing for our young guys is to know that this should be the most serious summer of their careers because you never know what's going to happen."

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