Gilbert Arenas' Halfway House Stint Coming to Close

The gunslinger was a ringer in halfway house hoop games.

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Gilbert Arenas is nearing the end of his 30-day stint in a Montgomery County halfway house

The Wizards star, who pleaded guilty this year in D.C. Superior Court to a felony handgun violation stemming from a locker room incident at Verizon Center, has been serving a 30-day sentence inside the facility, near White Flint mall in Montgomery County. He is scheduled to be released Friday.

Arenas was one of 152 offenders sleeping at the halfway house this week, according to Thursday's head count. Most have jobs or perform court-ordered community service during the day. Arenas has served as a mentor for juvenile offenders at New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Laurel.

In the evenings, he watches TV in community rooms, plays chess, talks with others in the cafeteria, has family visits and goes out back for pickup basketball games, according to his fellow residents.

"He makes you a better player," said Dorsey, who said he was serving out a probation violation.

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