- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
- New Mexico Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage constitutional
- Blame Bush: 5 years later, that’s still the mantra, pollsters find
- Dutch prostitutes demand same retirement benefits as soccer stars
- John McCain to Harry Reid: I’ll ‘kick the crap’ out of you
- Dogs that talk: Researchers seek $10K for ‘No More Woof’ technology
- 1,000 firefighters called to battle stubborn Big Sur wildfire
- Black Friday brouhaha: Millions of Target shoppers hit by credit card theft
- Britain orders airplane to rescue citizens from violent South Sudan
- Mega Millions winner emerges as Georgia mom, in ‘disbelief’
Tom Knott: For Arenas, great deal means great responsibility
Question of the Day
Arenas is being paid as the one to take the Wizards where they have not been since the late ‘70s.
He said he is trying not to think of the contract in that fashion. He remembers how the fat contract went down for Juwan Howard, perhaps the favorite target of the boo-birds until being displaced by Kwame Brown.
For better or worse, the onus is now on Arenas. He is being paid franchise-player money, and franchise players are obligated to lead by example on both ends of the floor.
And that includes the defensive end of the floor, always a touchy subject with Arenas.
He smiled at one point and insisted he has taken a liking to defense, which possibly came as news to Jordan and the coaching staff.
At least Arenas is consistent.
The Wizards have cleared the playoff hurdle, which was a challenge for too long. Expectations have risen considerably since that exuberant night in Tony Cheng’s neighborhood after the Wizards eliminated the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs in 2005.
The city has invested its emotions in Arenas, Jamison and Caron Butler, and now it wants to see a dividend from it. Even the injury affliction, however valid in dragging the team down the last two seasons, buys only so much understanding.
Arenas has craved to be acknowledged as the alpha male. Now he is. His contract numbers emphasize it.
So it is time for him to respond accordingly in deed and spirit. It is time for him to be the leader type he has resisted being. It is time for him to get in the faces of big-name opponents and see them as threats to his potential legacy.
It is his team, his city and his responsibility to meet the challenge that goes with a $111 million contract.
About the Author
By Michael P. Orsi
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for gay quip
- Outrage over Phil Robertson suspension, 'malignant' political correctness
- Sebelius adds another Obamacare exemption
- Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting
- BOLTON: Nero in the White House
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Paul Rondeau exposes the propaganda, media tricks, and government policies that undermine our families, faith, freedom…and even life itself
Implement these actionable tips, how-to’s and best practices in 10 minutes or less to leverage online communications and technology for brand, business and career development.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow