SAN FRANCISCO _ Mavericks' guard DeShawn Stevenson considers Gilbert Arenas to be like a brother to him.
And when news came down Friday that Arenas would be spared jail time for his gun-possession charge, Stevenson was nearly as relieved as Arenas.
"Obviously, he did something wrong and he's paying the price being suspended all year,'' Stevenson said after Friday's practice. "And for him to get 30 days in a halfway house is awesome. I hope he can take this experience and understand that as a professional you have a target on your back and I'm just happy because they were trying to take everything away from him that he worked so hard for.''
Stevenson, Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler were longtime teammates with Arenas in Washington before the trade brought them to Dallas.
Said Haywood: "Gil's the luckiest guy in the world. He must have a whole back yard of four-leaf clovers. He gets 30 days in the halfway house instead of 90 days in the big house. I'm happy for him.''
Stevenson knows that there will be a segment of public that feels Arenas got preferential treatment. But he doesn't see it.
"Some people will think he got off easy, but I don't,'' he said. "He's been gone a whole year. They took his whole check which is $15 or $16 million. And then to get 30 days in a halfway house and be away from his children and stuff like that. I think he did his time.''