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08:16 AM ET 06.20 | Though it's almost hard to imagine now, Gilbert Arenas was once a $100-million man, and he's still counting that money. Arenas has started just two games over the past two seasons, averaging 19 minutes and seven points a game off the bench. All while pulling in about $37 million, including $19.3 million this season. At age 30, Arenas could still reestablish himself as a star. But for the time being, his career arc reads like a VH1 musician's biography. ... But with that contract, he's the best-paid bench warmer out there. Many saw him as the owners' poster boy during last year's NBA lockout. Arenas beats out Cleveland Indians' designated hitter Travis Hafner.

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June 20, 2012  08:34 AM ET

The Lakers should get Arenas cheap. It is going to be a win-win for both sides.
1. Lakers gets their PG
2. Arenas has another chance

June 20, 2012  08:36 AM ET

The Lakers should get Arenas cheap. It is going to be a win-win for both sides.
1. Lakers gets their PG
2. Arenas has another chance

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June 20, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Someone will have to let me know what happens from here on out since I will not be watching. I am officially off of the NBA and would like it very much if everyone boycotted the remaining Finals telecasts.

AGREED! The NBA has selected their champion well before this series... Sad, b/c if these teams played without the help of the officials I don't think Miami would come within 10 of OKC any night

June 20, 2012  08:45 AM ET

The NBA has been fixed for years.

Also, Gilbert Arenas sucks. And has for years now.

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June 20, 2012  08:54 AM ET

James has played REALLY well.

That being said, wtf are the officials doing?? Blatant no-calls on OKC drives. Battier should have fouled out TWICE in the same game!!

Harden sucks though.

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June 20, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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My one regret about miami winning a title.........is that eddy freakin curry will be sporting a ring on his fat, greasy fingersmhTHAT is the ultimate overpaid benchwarmer

This isnt the Heat thread ya know, the writers are still angry

June 20, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Someone will have to let me know what happens from here on out since I will not be watching. I am officially off of the NBA and would like it very much if everyone boycotted the remaining Finals telecasts.

I'm with you Doc. I will join your boycott them with you.

June 20, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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AGREED! The NBA has selected their champion well before this series... Sad, b/c if these teams played without the help of the officials I don't think Miami would come within 10 of OKC any night

Please stop trying to blame the refs for the losses the Thunder have taken in this series. The refs didn't blow a 17 point lead in TWO minutes of game time, they didn't foul Mario Chalmers because they thought the shot clock reset to 24 seconds and they didn't look scared and timid during crucial moments of the game like Harden (really, he looked that way the whole game) and Durant (who didn't seem to want the ball much in the 4th. Miami's stars have just played better and wanted it more, so far.

June 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET

As someone from DC, I can tell you that Arenas has NO work ethic....why should he play hard when he's counting all that dough? I do agree, however, that if he went to LA, he could be a decent player off the bench, provided (1) he stays healthy; (2) he actually puts out an effort; and (3) he leaves his guns at home.

June 20, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Please stop trying to blame the refs for the losses the Thunder have taken in this series. The refs didn't blow a 17 point lead in TWO minutes of game time, they didn't foul Mario Chalmers because they thought the shot clock reset to 24 seconds and they didn't look scared and timid during crucial moments of the game like Harden (really, he looked that way the whole game) and Durant (who didn't seem to want the ball much in the 4th. Miami's stars have just played better and wanted it more, so far.

I watched the game...and the refs DID influence the 17 point lead! When you are an OKC defender and you just place your hand on a Heat player at the top of the key and get called for a foul? The fix is in. I have been very objective in this series and the last thing I wanted to do was blame the refs, but after you get called on a foul like that, it takes your agressiveness away and thus the 17 point lead disappears. Very much angry about it this morning.

June 20, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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I'm with you Doc. I will join your boycott them with you.

Don't boycott its the nature of the game. sure the Heat got the majority of the calls like they did last game but that is to be expected the home team has always got the benefit of the calls. And it was a combination of things why they lost. they should've played some zone, the only good thing was that they didnt play Perk much and let Ibaka play more than 22mins. But that 17pt lead they blew in less than 4mins was a prime example of them and their youth. Although RW scored 40+ if he would've scored 50 it wouldnt have mattered because KD shouldve stepped up and took the reigns and he didnt. Also RW made a grave mistake in the final sec. and his team shouldve told him that he didnt have to foul.They are young and the worst thing the owners need not to do is to blow this team up thinking something drastic needs to be done, they are playing the best team in the NBA and they will be fine for yrs to come.

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June 20, 2012  09:13 AM ET

3 down 1 2 go!!! Lebron can finally get the monkey off his back and all the Haters!!!!!!

June 20, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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Don't boycott its the nature of the game. sure the Heat got the majority of the calls like they did last game but that is to be expected the home team has always got the benefit of the calls. And it was a combination of things why they lost. they should've played some zone, the only good thing was that they didnt play Perk much and let Ibaka play more than 22mins. But that 17pt lead they blew in less than 4mins was a prime example of them and their youth. Although RW scored 40+ if he would've scored 50 it wouldnt have mattered because KD shouldve stepped up and took the reigns and he didnt. Also RW made a grave mistake in the final sec. and his team shouldve told him that he didnt have to foul.They are young and the worst thing the owners need not to do is to blow this team up thinking something drastic needs to be done, they are playing the best team in the NBA and they will be fine for yrs to come.

Then why did Miami get a majority of the calls in game 2 in OKC?

 
June 20, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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I watched the game...and the refs DID influence the 17 point lead! When you are an OKC defender and you just place your hand on a Heat player at the top of the key and get called for a foul? The fix is in. I have been very objective in this series and the last thing I wanted to do was blame the refs, but after you get called on a foul like that, it takes your agressiveness away and thus the 17 point lead disappears. Very much angry about it this morning.

So, one foul call that you disagree with blew the lead and the game? Harden not getting to double digits for the third time in four games had nothing to do with it? Westbrook not paying attention to his coach didn't mean anything? Thabo backing off of a hobbled LBJ - who couldn't drive to the basket at that point - and giving him an open 3 had nothing to do with it? OKC letting Chalmers and Norris Cole get wide open threes and driving lanes to the bucket didn't win it for the Heat? Ok, it was all the refs *sarcasm button*

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