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Gilbert Arenas Explains How The Gun Situation With Javaris Crittenton Happened Plus Other Major NBA Betting Stories


[The Action Network] - Their beef, too, started on a team flight, when Arenas awoke from a nap and stumbled up to a game of booray already in progress. Crittenton was on a bad losing streak.

“Javaris had gotten booed twice already, and I walk into the game when he gets booed on his own deal,” Arenas said. “Booed on his own deal! I mean, this man was bleeding. I’m already hyped because there’s $1,100 in the pot. I smell the blood. … I came in on my deal, and already he’s fucking livid. He’s all heat. ‘This is bullshit! How you gonna get in the game now?!’ He’s upset because he started thinking about the odds, and he’s the last person to get the cards.”

I was like, ‘Javaris, I will burn your car, while you’re in it. Then we’ll find an extinguisher to help ya ass out,’ and he says, ‘Well, I’ll just shoot you then.’ I said, ‘Man, I’ll bring you the guns to shoot me!’

So The Action Network put this story out today and it’s absolutely awesome. They talk to Gilbert Arenas about the card game that triggered the bringing into guns situation in the Wizards locker room. The exchange is above which sets the scene of the card game on the flight. Ultimately, Javaris Crittenton ended up losing money, feeling he got screwed by Gilbert Arenas to let JaVale McGee win, which led to the argument.

But, how about this tidbit from Arenas about the Big 3 Celtics era?

“The game is the basketball court. It’s the practice gym,” Arenas said. “I’ve heard that those Celtics teams, with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, those guys were betting Rolls-Royces on a plane. There’s nothing fun about that. Those guys are trying to ruin you. It’s like putting Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Floyd Mayweather on a gambling table. That’s not about money. They have money. They’re trying to fuck you up. They’re trying to make you hurt.


I’d love to be a big enough degenerate to bet a Rolls-Royce while sitting on a private plane. That’s the kind of life that would be awesome. Imagine losing that bet though and trying to explain it someone, whether it’s a wife or family member. Good luck escaping that one.

There’s no surprise that there’s major betting going on during team flights across sports, but this is a really fascinating look at some specific ones. We all know about the Arenas-Crittenton fight, but what about Tony Allen and OJ Mayo? Call me crazy and OJ Mayo is slightly crazy, I don’t want to be talking shit to Tony Allen when you owe him money. That’s just me though.

I highly recommend reading the whole article. I need to be on a NBA team fight ASAP. It sounds like absolutely wild and I want to witness it first hand.