Gilbert Arenas has been fined for faking an injury to keep from playing in the Washington Wizards home preseason opener.
Coach Flip Saunders said Wednesday that Arenas was fined an undisclosed amount by the team for claiming to have a sore knee before the Wizards’ game against Atlanta on Tuesday night.
Arenas said after the game that he pretended to have a bum knee to give teammate Nick Young a chance to start.
“I told [Young] I’d sacrifice playing tonight so he can get some time in because I know he’s kind of frustrated he’s not getting a chance to crack the [small forward] position, especially since we’re going three guards,” Arenas said Tuesday, smiling. “So I told him I’ll go and fake an injury or say something’s wrong with me so you can start.”
When asked how his knee is feeling, Arenas said, “I’m fine,” The Washington Post reported.