Gilbert Arenas almost played in front of the home fans at the Verizon Center Tuesday night, but a pesky sore knee kept him from seeing his first action at the Phone Booth since his 50-game suspension and felony gun conviction last season.
Or so the story went.
But in actuality, Arenas faked the injury. How do we know? He told the media as much after the game, claiming he did it so Nick Young could get a chance to start.
That's a problem. What's an even bigger problem? Wizards' coach Flip Saunders didn't find out about it until about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
So the team fined him an undisclosed amount of money on Wednesday -- adding the latest chapter in Arenas' bizarre career in Washington.
"I think at times, Gilbert can be his own worst enemy as far as talking too much," Saunders told ESPN 980 (as transcribed by veteran radio transcriber Dan Steinberg). "And I really believe this: he looks at being Nick's mentor, he likes to see Nick do good. But for him to make those comments, they're just unjustified type comments."
So the Wizards have seen Gilbert transform from Agent Zero to Emo Gil and now Fauxrenas in a short amount of time. What's next? That's anybody's guess...