Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Arenas' troubles vindicate Krzyzewski

If Gilbert Arenas' suspension by the NBA has any effect locally, it vindicates the decision of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski not to include him on the roster as Team USA pursued the gold medal it ultimately won in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In January of 2007, Washington Wizards guard Arenas was disappointed at being left off the U.S. team coached by Krzyzewski. The team announced he was released because of a strained groin, but Arenas was upset.

On his blog, Arenas posted a quote saying that he would give up one NBA season if he could go back to college to play against Duke and exact some measure of revenge.

"One college game, that's five fouls, right?. . .Forty-minute game at Duke, they got soft rims, I'd probably score 84 or 85. I wouldn't pass the ball. I wouldn't even think about passing it. It would be like a NBA Live or an NBA 2K7 game, you just shoot with one person," he wrote.

On Wednesday, NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely for keeping guns in his locker. If Arenas is capable of judgment that poor, imagine the kind of disrepute he could have brought the United States on an international stage in Beijing.

It's more clear than ever now that Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo made the right decision by keeping Arenas off Team USA.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Arenas did play against a Coach K coached team. He must have forgotten the 2001 National Championship. Arenas shot 4-17 in that game.

Anonymous said...

Ken, your argument only works if everyone else on the team has a clean record.

Without doing any research, I know of two: (1) Jason Kid, who was found guilty of domestic abuse. (2) Kobe, who was accused of rape; however those charges were dropped when the victim received a payoff and refused to testify.

On the other hand, Arenas during the 06/07 season donated $100 per point scored at home to DC schools.

Carrying an unloaded weapon may be stupid, but how does his actions 3 years later vindicate Coach K, especially when 2 other individuals on the team had major offenses.

Good try, but your assertion is not supported with facts.

You can say K was vindicated when the team won the gold medal, which is about all that needs to be said. No need to continue to drag the guy through the dirt by finding some lame local angle.

Anonymous said...

Boy....tysiac has hit a new low!!! It takes 2 years removed and an arenas suspension for tysiac to give coach k the pat on the back for cutting the gun dealer? Get a life ken,or a clue....maybe a job!!!! I think coach k knew what he was doing WITHOUT your approval.I think he won the gold also.Hmmm...i might have to google that one....DUH!!!

Anonymous said...

What an incredible leap of logic. I suppose Coach K predicted 9/11 ahead of time as well?

Anonymous said...

Colangelo and K named 23 players to the 2006-2008 US National Team. One of them was Gilbert Arenas. So I'm not sure how K is "vindicated" if Arenas was on the first list, even if he didn't make the final cut (a cut which included Kidd and Kobe).

I guess all you're doing here is trying to stroke K's massive ego in hopes of getting some "exclusive" down the line. Good luck with that, Ken.

Anonymous said...

Obviously a bunch of TarHoles commenting on this story!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 8:17 pm Jason Kidd was the captain of the team and I am sure Kobe Bryant played, too. I do not know why you think they were cut.

Scott Mozingo said...

If Krzyzewski is so great, why does he need "vindicating?" This is a weak and unnecessary blog can do better.