No hard feelings for me," said Arenas, who is in Washington rehabilitating from his second knee surgery in the past year. "It is my contract summer and it was a big debate in my mind, whether I was going to go for it and if they were going to give me a fair shot from what happened the last time. I just said, 'You know what, that's a dream that's just past.' I got my chance to play and I got in a couple of games with the USA jersey on, and I satisfied a hunger I had as a child." Arenas then said that other factors played a role in him not sticking with the team. "Sometimes politics plays a big part in sports. If it's about names and what shoe company is controlling who plays, then I don't want to be a part of that," said Arenas, who has a deal with Adidas. Most members of the team wear Nike, which sponsors Team USA. "My whole thing from Day One, if they are going to give me a fair shot, then I would've loved to play. That's the part that disappointed me the most. I know it has nothing to do with my skill."

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