Good thing the other team had LeBron James.
First, Obama canceled plans to attend, with Secret Service agents abruptly leaving the arena hours before tip-off. Then Arenas, the colorful three-time All-Star, was traded to the Orlando Magic for Rashard Lewis.
The Arenas trade marks the end of an era for the Wizards, who rode their version of the big three _ Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Arenas _ to a string of playoff appearances before injuries and Arenas‘ misbehavior sent the franchise into a tailspin. Jamison and Butler were traded last season as the team began a rebuilding movement centered around Wall.
“We were just talking about that, me and JaVale,” Young said. “When I came in, we made the playoffs my first year. We had a good team that had been together for a while, and to see it all leave over the years I’ve been here _ it’s crazy.”
While the Wizards were happy to unload Arenas‘ bad contract for Lewis‘ slighty-less-bad one, Young said Arenas was also in need of a fresh start after a 50-game suspension and a felony conviction last season for bringing guns to the locker room.
“He’s a good dude, a great player, and everything that happened here, it was kind of tough on him, kind of made it hard it on him,” Young said. “He didn’t know his role and how he was going to fit back in. It came with a lot of difficulties. To see him go back home to get a fresh start and be on a winning team, I know that’s something he would enjoy and hopefully he’ll continue to do good. “
“No one’s going to ask us whose team it is,” coach Flip Saunders said. “It’s his team, and so that comes with a lot of responsibility. The critics who thought that Gilbert would hinder his development, that’s not gong to be brought up any more.”
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