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Wizards Happy to Avoid "Principal's Office" on the Road

Arenas meets with players union head



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    Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders believes a two-game trip could help the Wizards concentrate on basketball with the Gilbert Arenas gun investigation hovering over his team at home.

    "I think everyone was happy to get on the plane last night, to get away," Saunders said. "To know that they weren't going to be summoned to a principal's office or anything else to go talk to somebody about something."

    NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely on Jan. 6 after the Wizards star guard acknowledged keeping guns in his locker at the team's arena, Verizon Center.

    Saunders, however, insists the problems stemming from the Arenas fallout are not distracting his team on the court despite having players subjected to occasional meetings with law enforcement.

    Arenas met with the head of the NBA's players union Wednesday. Billy Hunter said he wants to wait until the police investigation is over and Stern determines Arena's punishment before deciding what the union will do.