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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-03-29

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-03-29

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-03-29
Gilbert Arenas doesn't need much time to spark up a controversy, which is exactly what he did the other day while talking to a Washington Post columnist.

Arenas, who made his first appearance of the regular season Saturday in a home game against Detroit, suggested that veterans Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler might not have done enough as leaders to push and prod the team's young talent to be better players.

Arenas said that players such as JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Nick Young just didn't get any better this season. He suggested that Jamison and Butler perhaps should have ridden the young guys harder.

"Earlier in the season, I'm even cussing Antawn and Caron, telling them to get on the young players, 'Y'all need to do something, what the (expletive) are you doing?'" Arenas told the Post.

Jamison, considered the team's leader whether Arenas is on the floor or elsewhere, publicly took the comments in stride.

"There's a certain way you say it," Jamison said. "And let's be honest: Some of it is not their fault. This is the first time a lot of guys have been in this situation and the expectations were very high of those guys. Granted they didn't perform the way we would've liked, but you can say that about some of the vets. We didn't perform the way we expected.

"It's all right to beat 'em down, but you still have to give 'em a pat on the back and let 'em know that we still love you guys. Those are the things that will hopefully make them better. The most important thing for our young guys is to know that this should be the most serious summer of their careers because you never know what's going to happen."

PISTONS 98, WIZARDS 96: Former Wizard Kwame Brown returned to Verizon Center and spoiled the night for Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards, blocking Arenas' 3-point shot in the final seconds. Caron Butler missed a put-back attempt at the buzzer.

Playing in his first game since April 27 of last season, Arenas finished with 15 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes for the Wizards. Richard Hamilton, also a former Wizard, led all scorers with 31 points.

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