- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

REVISITING RAPTORS — One thing that has become clear about Gilbert Arenas is that you never know what he is going to say next.

Before the game Arenas acknowledged that he can’t revisit another episode like the one in Toronto, when he didn’t get off his first shot until the 5:30 mark of the fourth quarter.

“People are right,” Arenas said. “The coach is right, my dad is right. My contract is right. There is not a point to it. I should go out and play the way that I am paid to play.”

Arenas managed seven points against Toronto. “I was just trying to prove a point,” he said.

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has enough on his mind and he wants this situation to go away. Jordan was happy following the victory, which ended the Wizards’ five-game skid and earned them their sixth road victory of the season. “When it was time to step up he made the plays,” Jordan said of Arenas.

It will be interesting to see what happens if Arenas tries this again. The Wizards are married to Arenas for the next five-plus years with his $64 million contract.

Said Jordan, “My motto is from the seat to the butt to the brain.”

Translation: Arenas will probably be benched.

Arenas appeared to have put the incident behind him. He took the Wizards’ first shot of the game and had four assists in the first quarter against the Bulls.

John N. Mitchell

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