Is Gilbert Arenas Being Targeted By NBA Referees?

December 3rd, 2009 by Jarrett Carter Leave a reply »
He seems to think so. And has no problem disclosing as much to the media.

“They made this new rule, I don’t know what it is … it’s frustrating this season. I used to average about 11 or 12 free-throws a game*, now I can’t even get a call. I feel like they’re profiling me as a player.

I’m creating all the contact, and I’m saying that’s what a scorer is supposed to do, they’re supposed to create the contact when they get into the lane. It’s not double-jeopardy, but if they’re outside the lane, it’s a charge. Now if they’re inside the lane and I get into them, it’s a no call…

If two refs say it, that’s fine. But if every ref says it to me, that means before the game you’re consciously thinking, ‘When he goes to the lane, we can’t call it because they’re jumping straight up.’”

Has anyone else noticed that Arenas pontificates about his stats a LOT lately? This is at least the second or third time this season where a frustrated Gil has gone to the stat sheets to explain or deflect his shortcomings in the Wizards’ new offense.

A whole lot of “I’m capable of X amount of points, ...

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