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NBA notes: Gilbert Arenas completes halfway house stay

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Gilbert Arenas arrived home from a halfway house Friday morning, having completed one part of his punishment for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

Arenas drove up to his house in the Virginia suburbs of Washington in a tan Mercedes SUV at about 8:30 a.m.

He tried several times to punch the combination on the keypad to enter his gated driveway. After several failed attempts, he muttered "Alrighty," got out of his car and yelled toward the house for help. A woman inside the house yelled out the code. Arenas punched it in and drove into his driveway.

Arenas was asked several times for comment about his stay at the halfway house. Each time, he shrugged and indicated he had nothing to say.

A few minutes later, he re-emerged in a long-sleeve black T-shirt with a hood pulled low over his forehead. He hopped into a white Range Rover and drove off.

Arenas pleaded guilty to felony gun possession in the District of Columbia in January and was sentenced in March to a month in the halfway house. His sentence also includes two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service that can't be performed at basketball clinics.

His sentence started April 9 with two days in jail before he was moved to the halfway house in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. He was allowed to leave the facility during the day. A fan tweeted about seeing him at a local grocery store and posted a picture of him posing near the bottled tea.

DID ARTEST CRITICIZE COACH? If Ron Artest criticized Lakers coach Phil Jackson on Twitter, he isn't exactly owning up to his tweets.

Five disjointed, grammatically challenged messages appeared on Artest's latest Twitter page late Thursday night, expressing frustration that Jackson had spoken to the media about Artest's play before talking to the veteran forward personally.

But Artest wouldn't say whether he had written the tweets when asked Friday before the Lakers departed for Utah.

"I'm never upset at my coach," Artest claimed, before challenging reporters to quote the tweets precisely — and then refusing to talk about them altogether.

Artest's brother, Daniel, later tweeted that Ron's page had been hacked.

EUROLEAGUE FINAL SET: Olympiakos will play Barcelona in the Euroleague final after edging Partizan Belgrade 83-80 in overtime on Friday.

Barcelona beat CSKA Moscow 64-54 in the first semifinal.

Linas Kleiza led Olympiakos with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and former Atlanta Hawk Josh Childress added 17 points and five rebounds.