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Nick Young and Gilbert Arenas maintain strong friendship

May 2, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

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From SI’s Chris Mannix, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones and the DC Sports Bog:

Lately, [Young and Arenas] have been seeing each other plenty. In Memphis, the Clippers are staying at a hotel across the street from the arena, the same hotel Arenas moved into when he got to town. Young’s room is just a few floors above Arenas’, not that he spends much time in it. He’s downstairs, with Gilbert.

For hours Arenas and Young hang out, rekindling a friendship that was unceremoniously torn apart. They don’t do much. They watch television. They watch game film. And they talk trash. Arenas feeds Young disinformation (“We’re going to double you here”) and Young (“What do you know? You play like 10 minutes a game”) fires back. When they are hungry, they go eat. When they want to shop, they go to the mall. When they want coffee, they go to Starbucks together.

“Gil is like my family,” Young said. “His sons call me ‘uncle.’ It’s been really good to see him.”

Arenas and Young were, of course, teammates in Washington, which was a team with serious problems both on and off the court — problems which were often caused by Arenas and Young’s behavior, specifically Arenas’ decision to bring guns into the locker room. Now that both players have found their way into the playoffs, they’re putting their past behind them and focusing on their friendship, as well as the task at hand — beating each other’s teams.

Young was an integral part of the Clippers’ epic comeback win in game 1, as he came off the bench to hit 3 three-pointers in exactly one minute to cut the Grizzlies’ lead from 12 points to 3 points with just over a minute remaining. Arenas, who spent most of the season as an unsigned free agent, isn’t as important to his team as Young is, but he’s still being relied upon as a backup option at the point guard spot.

While we all love to see players battling it out on the court like nothing else matters, it’s also good to see stories like this, when we’re reminded that friendships can be more important than uniforms — at least until the opening tip.

  1. cheers4ablumpkin - May 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    This is good to hear. Washington wiz is my hometown team cuz I’m from md. Gilbert its good to see you on a good team. Idc what happen your still one of all time fav. Players. One of the best for a while. Back before when the wizards fucked there team over!!!

  2. acdc363 - May 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Good read

  3. mahhelo - May 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    They also both grew up in the 818

  4. detroitcityryda - May 2, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    another pair of undercover brothas aka el homos

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