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Another Massive Arenas Profile

Which, let's be honest, is the one thing the world needs most this fall. Can't remember the last time I read a massive Arenas profile. Seems like it's been at least a week or two. This latest one comes courtesy of the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes in Washingtonian, which ought to tickle Unsilent Majority. It checks in at about 4,800 words. It calls Gil "The Assassin," which wouldn't even make the Top 5 of good Arenas nicknames. And it makes some curious claims, such as this:

During two lengthy interviews, Arenas didn't mention he has a daughter, a fact only recently made public through the Wizards media guide.

I can't swear one way or the other about this, but I know Gil was telling a bunch of us reporters about his daughter during training camp, at which point it was in the Post, about a month before I saw the Wizards media guide. But maybe I got a late copy of the media guide.

(Btw, how did I miss the news that Free Darko is selling t-shirts with images of Gil's tiger tat? Those are hot.)

Other Gil nuggets which might or might not be new: his favorite TV show is "24," and he has a Greg Ostertag jersey in his collection.

Fred Barnes, by the way, seems bullish as heck about Team Wiz. For example:

Now, with a team of young veterans and one superstar, they have an opportunity to develop into a champion.

And also:

His contract runs out in three years, but he has an opt-out clause in two years. That means he could leave in 2008. He'd rather not. He bought those seven acres in Vienna in the hope that he'd sign a second contract with the Wizards. If it happens, he'll start building a new home on the lot. So basketball fans might keep an eye on that property. If workers begin clearing trees, that's good news. It means the Wizards may be headed for a championship.

To me, the most interesting thing of this whole profile is that Fred Barnes is entering the sportswriting biz. As my friend Josh wrote when he sent me this link, "what's next, Bill Kristol on Brendan Haywood?"

Which I suppose is preferable to Etan Thomas on Brendan Haywood.

[Edit: Prophet's comment below is accurate; the young boy Gilbert befriended, Andre McAllister, encountered tragedy in 2004, after Gil had already joined the Wiz but during a road game at Golden State. However, having committed a massive blunder today, I'm not gonna make a big deal about this.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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