On Monday, Arenas faked an injury to allow his team’s backup guard Nick Young the chance to start in the Wizards’ first home game of the NBA pre-season.
“I told [Nick] I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the 3 position, especially since we’re going three guards,” said a smiling Arenas. “So I told him I’ll go and fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me so you can start.”
A noble enough act. But just like any other job, the NBA doesn’t take too kindly to people faking injuries to get out of doing their job. So Arenas’ bonehead decision to tell the media what he did, rather than just ask coach Flip Saunders to put Young in first, has now cost him some dough.
Add injury to insult (no, that’s not a typo), Arenas left the Wizards’ very next game after three minutes… due to a groin injury.
Shortly after checking into tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Arenas suffered what the NBA TV announcing crew called a “mild right groin strain.” Arenas could be seen holding his right leg on the sideline and receiving medical attention from the Wizards staff.
According to the NBA TV crew, Arenas is not expected to return to game action tonight. Arenas did not start for the Wizards, and first checked into the game at the 7:06 mark of the first quarter, replacing Young.
That’s what you get. Dummy.