I’ve always been a big Gilbert Arenas fan. It’s mostly due to the fact that he came up through the Warriors system, and was one of the many bright young stars that we let go. Warriors fans have always had to live through the many star players that have moved on, because we love our team, but we rarely win so you have to root for something. We rarely blame the players that left, as most our frustration is focused on the front office’s meager attempts to keep them. That’s a completely different topic though. Reading today about him has me eerily excited to see him on the court again, well hopefully he can stay out there. Although his $100 million contract seems pretty ridiculous at the moment, if he comes back to his former All-Star form the Wizards could actually be a contender.
New Wizards coach, Flip Saunders, went to check him out in Chicago last week and stated “He gets wherever he wants to on the court. His quickness is back.” Coming off three knee surgeries in 1 ½ years he has a lot to prove, and probably not a patient fan base after putting a big chunk of their apples in his basket (bank account). I just hope when this year is over he won’t be battling Elton Brand for the biggest waste of cap space for a second straight season. It also has been reported that Agent 0 is getting his shooting touch back. With Flip Saunders bringing tempo better than Timberlake can bring sexy back, the return of the hibachi will make the Wizards a fun team to watch whoever they play!
I’m not saying this team is going to win it all, but with Arenas, Butler, and Jamison leading the way they should be tough every night. It’s the same situation with Minnesota deciding on Rambis as their new coach, they will be fun to watch except the Wizards actually have some solid players. They also made some moves that have drastically improved their depth by adding Mike Miller, Randy Foye, and Fabricio Oberto. Deshawn Stevenson was injured most of last year he also gives them a little extra depth. I’m not saying they are going to knock Boston, Orlando, or Cleveland off, but they will definitely be a force if Agent 0 is like his old self. In case you forgot just how good he was, here is NBATV’s top ten Arenas plays from the 2006-07 season.
August 13th, 2009 at 1:48 pm
He better be back! I’m keeping the mofo as one of my keepers this year….sigh….
August 13th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Damn, I was hoping you’d dump him so I could pick him up!
August 14th, 2009 at 12:01 am
As a U of Arizona fan, I hope he stays healthy and gets back @ it…
September 30th, 2009 at 12:52 pm
I love Gilbert! Thanks for the clip. I’ve been reading all the hype about him coming back healthy, but until watching that clip I kinda did forget how good he is…
October 9th, 2009 at 8:53 am
He may well be back but the question you ought to be asking is …. whether or not he’ll hold up ? And can he actually lead this team to some semblance of respectability ? It’s an aging roster and little of substance there beyond Arenas, Butler and Jamison.
So tell me where do you see them going this season with Arenas in tow ?
October 9th, 2009 at 11:01 am
I actually thought picking up Randy Foye and Mike Miller was a pretty good move. It’s much better than Juan Dixon coming off the bench. I thought Javalle Mcgee showed some promise last year, and now that they have four or five guys that will average over 10 points a game, they’re probably going to be a little harder to defend… I see them as a playoff team, but it’s just because the East is pretty weak in the 4-8 seeds…
October 9th, 2009 at 1:58 pm
That’s all well and good but as I’d alluded to in my piece . In large part that Wizards’ roster is an aging one. And there’s not really that much depth there to begin with beyond the Big Three .
December 20th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
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