Washington Wizards: The Backlash from Gilbert Arenas' "Generous Offer"

Chris KentContributor IOctober 15, 2010

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 19:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards drinks water during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 19, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Wizards 121-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Wizards G Gilbert Arenas faked a knee injury to help backup G Nick Young. Young was expressing his frustration on not getting enough time playing, so Arenas, the All-Star guard, faked a knee injury, and Young got more playing time.

But, as Gilbert had to be Gilbert, he told the media he was faking the knee injury. Now, backlash ensues. 

Arenas, in a meaningless preseason game, suffered a real injury, a pulled or strained hamstring, in a game versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Now, as G Nick Young gets more playing time, Arenas is hurt again. He now has to face the backlash. As the Wizards are still playing behind their No. 1 draft pick, John Wall, they are behind their most famous and infamous player (at the moment). 

Now, I am sure that EVERY NBA player wants to earn their own way on to the court, so we can only speculate as to how Young is feeling. Maybe he is flattered by Arenas' "selfless" actions, or perhaps insulted that Arenas had to fake a knee injury to get into a game. 

Now only time will tell how head coach Flip Saunders will handle this situation fully, but we can be certain that it will most likely be taken into a negative light because of Gilbert's past actions. Could Saunders' head be on the chopping block? Could the artist formerly known as "Agent 0," be packing his bags to a new organization?

Only time, or actions or health, can tell...