Thursday September 23, 2010 10:15 am
By Frank Hanrahan
Media day isn't until next week but we do know that if asked about last season's issues, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will have no comment on the matter. According to the Washington Post, league commissioner David Stern had a chat with the former all star this week and advised Arenas to only talk about the future and not the past which involved Arenas bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room and got him a 50 game suspension by the league and he served 30 days in a halfway house after pleading guilty to felony gun charges.
Stern told Michael Lee of the Post, "'It's time to move on, rather than obsess about the past. 'It's just that it's been discussed, and discussed, and discussed. It's been written about, and written about, and written about on each occasion - his release, his sentencing, my ruling or what have you - and at some point, it's time to move on. I think he's entitled to do that. And I'm supportive of him. We're lucky he's well and we like the way he's worked with various groups over the summer. And we think it's time."
Wizards management has also reportedly been advised by Stern to only discuss the upcoming season which on his blog, new owner Ted Leonsis, reiterated what the team's approach is with the return of Arenas to the practice court next and training camp next week.
"We shouldnt talk about our previous season anymore.We will pay homage to our traditionbut we must think about our first game,then our second game and so on.THIS SEASON -that is what sports is all about.That is what I believe.I cant get dragged into could haves and would havesand the past.I must think about our fans;our franchise; and my promises to everyone.We need to build together a promising future.We need to craft a team that is capable of winning an NBA championship."
News and Notes:
NBA TV will broadcast the Wizards "Midnight Madness" on September 28 from George Mason University.