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Old 01-31-2009, 04:09 PM   #8
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Default Re: When will Gilbert Arena make a return?

Originally Posted by bokes15
Arenas is the highest paid player on the team, so yeah he should have to take most of this so called "burden." He's being paid $111 mill over 6 seasons, so they have a right to want him back on the court. No, he can't choose when he's 100%, but he clearly said that he's in no rush to come back this season because of the team record, which insinuates that if the team had a playoff shot, he'd probably care a hell of a lot more.. Look at a guy like Elton Brand on the other hand last year who despite the clippers not being a playoff team said he was gonna work his ass off to come back and get some games in.
And you don't think that he said that because management has told him specifically that they're not really looking to bring him back any time soon. Plus, why shouldn't management take most of the blame here? They're the ones who offered him the contract and the ones who are currently taking his rehab at a snails pace. The reason Brand came back last season the way he did is because Grunfeld has a lot more control over this situation than Dunleavy/Baylor had over Brand returning for the Clippers. Also it was a contract year, so the circumstances of him returning had nothing to do with trying to help the team and everything to do with increasing his market value (in fact, if there is blame to place on Arenas, it's that he's in the situation he's in now because he did the same Brand did last season).
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