Posts Tagged ‘Gilbert Arenas’

Gilbert Arenas And Nick Young Visit On The Freeway

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How is one supposed to react if one is driving down a freeway in Los Angeles and one finds themselves driving alongside a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, such as, say, Nick Young? Well, if the one in question is Gilbert Arenas, one reacts rather excitedly. And films the entire thing for Instagram. I’m just glad Nick Young is better at driving a car than he is a toboggan.

(via TNLP)

Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.

VS

Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.

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Gilbert Arenas, meet my wife

by Micah Hart

As you may be aware, Gilbert Arenas has been wearing a different set of sneakers every game so far this season. Why? Cause he’s Gilbert. That’s just what Gilbert do.

Have you stopped to wonder at all how much all those sneaks would cost Agent Zero if he were pulling up to the local Foot Locker before every game? I know he’d have to drop $395 on the Dolce Gabanas he wore against the Lakers, but that’s really all I’ve payed attention to.

Fortunately for us, CounterKicks has been vigilantly keeping track of Arenas’ footwear, and can you guess what kind of tab he’s run up in 51 games played this season?

$5,643.

Man, that’s a lotta cheddar. I can only imagine what Barry and Levon would do with that kind of cash.

I must confess, I’ve never been a sneaker guy, so this seems like a waste to me. Then again, given how much Arenas has supposedly spent on other items like, say, sharks, a little over $5K isn’t so bad.

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Last night in a … tweet

by Micah Hart

From Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel comes this Gilbert Arenas gem:

You could probably hold a graduate-level seminar trying to decipher the meaning to this one. And I’d wager Arenas, in his mind, has a explanation that makes perfect sense. Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that hundreds of years from now people will read Arenas quotes the way they do Confucius? Or will it be Yogi Berra?

H/T Deadspin

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It didn’t count (but it should have, shouldn’t it?)

by Micah Hart

The NBA’s rules are too rigid. There should be room for interpretation — the kind of interpretation that gives Gilbert Arenas credit for making a shot of this difficulty. You know the expression announcers use all the time, “If he tried that 100 times he wouldn’t make it again?” Can we actually get Gilbert to give that a go? I have a feeling he’d actually come through on a few of them.

The best part of this video? Look how upset Gilbert is. I don’t even think it’s because he doesn’t know the rule that says a ball that hits off the shot clock is immediately dead — I think he just believes he should get an exception.

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Gilbert Arenas, bringing high fashion to the hardcourt

by Micah Hart

Let me say at the outset that I totally misunderstood this story at first. When I first read that Gilbert Arenas had worn a pair of Dolce & Gabbana shoes in the Wizards’ game against the Lakers on Tuesday, I foolishly assumed he had worked some deal to have them custom-make a pair for him. Of course, you know what they say – when you assume about Gilbert Arenas, you must be a real idiot. Or something like that.

I was quite mistaken. As it turns out, the kicks Agent 9 was rocking were high-fashion shoes (retail value $395) made more for a night on the town rather than 48 minutes on the hardcourt, despite their look. This from Kicks on Court (by way of DC Sports Bog):

Arenas’ luxury Dolce & Gabbana High Top sneakers feature a two straps across the midfoot area and contains a patent leather-like texture makeup.

Arenas, who was dropped by Adidas as a spokesperson after last season’s shenanigans, has been wearing a variety of shoewear this season, including retro Jordans, Under Armour, and fluffy bunny slippers*.

*may not be true – yet

Incredulity aside, the choice of footwear didn’t appear to affect Arenas adversely, as he scored 23 points on 8-17 shooting in the Wizards 115-108 loss to the champs.

I guess it must not be the shoes, eh Mars?

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Extend, trade or cut – bad contract edition

by Micah Hart

Today is Monday, which means it’s time for another fabulous edition of Extend, Trade or Cut. Today’s scenario examines three players who have all been All-Stars at various times in their careers, who were then paid accordingly because of that level of performance, but now because of their contracts’ size and length (and other considerations) are considered almost untradeable. Step right up, Orlando’s Rashard Lewis, Philly’s Elton Brand, and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you have to trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s examine the evidence:

Rashard Lewis: I have always thought that people find Lewis disappointing simply because he looks capable of so much more. He may not be capable of more, but based on his size and shooting ability, it just seems like he should be one of the game’s most dominant players. Couple that with the free-agent contract he signed with Orlando that will pay him upwards of $20 million a season through 2012-13, and you have a player that fans expect more from than the 11.8 ppg he’s giving the Magic right now.

Elton Brand: The prize of the free-agent class of 2008, Brand signed a five-year deal with the Sixers and left his boy Baron Davis at the altar in L.A. in the process. Maybe what has happened since is karma (though given that it was the Clippers, I doubt it), but a shoulder injury suffered early in his Philly tenure has left him out of the Sixers’ plans and usually brought up in any conversations of anyone trying to trade for one of the team’s blue-chippers — i.e., we’ll only give you Andre Iguodala or Jrue Holiday if you take back Elton’s contract, too. That said, Brand appears to have gotten back on track, averaging 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds this season.

Gilbert Arenas: You might think the Wizards regret Arenas’ deal because of his locker-room episode from last season, but injuries alone have made his extension a bitter pill to swallow in D.C. Agent Zero has the Wizards on the hook for close to $20 million through 2013-14. That’s so far away robot basketball players will probably have taken over by then. All kidding aside, Hibachi has been putting up some numbers so far this year, with a season-high 31 coming in Saturday’s last-second loss to the Magic. Forget about his off-court shenanigans – can you count on him to keep up that kind of production going forward?

All right, supper’s on the table. Get to eatin’.

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What’s eating Gilbert Arenas?

by Micah Hart

Apparently, the role of Al Czervik from Caddyshack was performed last night by the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas, who claims to have faked a knee injury to allow Nick Young to get some run with the starters in the team’s preseason game against the Hawks.

Seems like a noble gesture, but for a guy trying to work his way back into the good graces of his franchise and his community, it looks like another giant misstep. As Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer explains:

“You can’t do it because it’s duplicitous. You can’t do it because you’re lying to your boss. Actually, forget that. You can’t do that because you’re lying to your co-worker. And Flip Saunders is your coach, and your co-worker. You have to talk to Saunders. You have to deal with him as an adult. There has to be a better way of finding Nick Young minutes — even if you think Flip Saunders can’t stand Nick Young — than lying about a nagging knee injury and taking a seat on the bench.”

I kind of feel for Arenas. He clearly thinks his time in DC is limited, yet he seems to be doing everything he can (unintentionally, in my opinion) to sabotage any opportunity the Wizards might have to trade him.

Of course, based on what’s happening with Ron Artest right now, it’s still entirely possible Agent Zero turns this thing around.  But it might help him out a bit to go on radio silence for a little while.

Gilbert Arenas sits with phantom knee injury (Washingtonpost.com)

UPDATE - Flip Saunders talked about Arenas after Wizards practice today:

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Making a list, checking it twice

 

The guy on the left holds the real power in D.C.

 

by Micah Hart

There’s a new sheriff in town in Washington. No, I’m not talking about John Wall, I’m talking about new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. The team’s new head honcho, who also owns the NHL’s Washington Capitals, has definitive plans to turn the Wizards into a hot property, much like he did with the Caps (with a big assist from Alexander Ovechkin).

How definitive? He’s glad you asked. On his blog, Leonsis lists 101 changes he’s making to improve the franchise, even giving a status check on the progress for every single item on the list. It’s worth reading on your own, but a few highlights that I enjoyed:

2. Re-connect with Gilbert Arenas
Comment: Impressive that he’d put this at #2 on the list, but I imagine for any Wizards fan out there this is pretty close to the biggest issue facing the team. Warmer hot dog buns are nice, but the team is still the most important thing to fans. Leonsis knows this, and I give him credit for acknowledging it here.

12. A new public address announcer
Comment: Sorry, old public address announcer – time to update that resume.

27. More local celebrities at games
Comment: I know how much fun this task can be from my time working with the Hawks. DC has it’s share of celebs, but most are politicians no? “Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the chairman of the Appropriations committee, Daniel Inouye!” GET FIRED UP!

31. Change Wizards’ name to Bullets
Comment: No idea if that will happen, but there are certainly rumors of a name change one way or another.

37. Fresher popcorn
Comment: In the progress area, it says “Asked Aramark to make sure the popcorn is fresher.” Good, glad that’s taken care of.

79. Food and beverage directory to be available online
Comment: You know what? That’s just a terrific idea. I don’t know offhand how many teams provide this, but I for one have walked many a lap around an arena looking for Coke Icees.

Well done, Ted. 101 down, and more to come it sounds like. What do you think – has he missed anything?

H/T PBT

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