Turn down the lights, shut off the camera and send the fans home…Agent Zero will entertain no longer.
Gilbert Arenas, who has been a pioneer for media-savvy NBA players, announced that he will shut down his popular blog, twitter account and all other digital “distractions” to focus on his basketball game. In plain-speak, he wants to go back to a simpler time…when he was just another millionaire ballplayer trying to get by, one day at a time.
But are a blog and a twitter account really to blame for Arenas and the Wizards’ decline the past few seasons? Correct us if we’re wrong, but Gilbert didn’t injure himself while sitting in front of the keyboard. Too much blogging might get you carpal tunnel, but not four knee surgeries. And the Wizards don’t suck because someone is blogging about it. The Wizards suck…because the Wizards suck.
Sure, team management is pleased about Gilbert’s announcement, and David Stern is no doubt cackling in his throne room — what league doesn’t want to control how players use social networks (see: Robert Henson). But to all those NBA players out there, does something seem off? Can you smell the whitefish-scented breath of Big Brother Stern breathing down your neck?