Gil's Post-All-Star Funk
Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter's been unusually active over in WizInsider land, so I'd recommend you check him out. Things sound unpleasant. Ivan seemed especially taken by this Gilbert quote:
It's on us because we have to actually go out there and do it. It's like what I was telling the team: we have to go out there and score. At the end of the day, for the last 10 games, everyone's scoring 100. [The Blazers] only scored 94 and they average 93. They still shot 50 percent and that's on us. I'm just saying: we have to go out there and play defense. That's what we're supposed to do.
I guess what he's saying is the key for the Wizards is to do well on offense, and also on defense.
Personally, I liked this quote, which we knew but is still interesting. Eddie Jordan is talking about Jamison's ability to lead.
It's very special, very special and Antawn has it. That's why he's the only captain on the team. I've tried to have main guys the last couple of years to be captains, and it doesn't work because they don't have the qualities.
Love is definitely in the air this week. Anyhow, in the interest of possibly meaningless statistical analysis, let's look at Gilbert's stats, pre-all-star-game-announcement-and-rented-blimp-dreams, and post-all-star-game-announcement-and-rented-blimp-dreams. You could argue this comparison is unfair, because the post-all-star stuff happened to coincide with Jamison's injury, but I'd say three things in response:
1) Caron's numbers haven't suffered in the same way;
2) Gil's shooting slump started before Jamison got hurt (but after the all-star announcement; and
3) Blogs are supposed to advance specious statistical arguments.
Minutes per game: 40.6 before all-star announcement, 41.25 after
Made shots per game: 9.7 before, 7.5 after
Shooting percentage: 43.5 before, 36.6 after
Made threes per game: 3.2 before, 2.1 after
Three-point percentage: 40.1 before, 24.6 after
Points per game: 30.2 before, 25.3 after
Thus, the question. How do you motivate a man who lives for disrespect but is now universally respected? Maybe he's intentionally tanking for a few weeks so people will write things like this, from MSNBC, and the motivation meter will be replenished:
If you say you're going to do something and then you do it, it's not bragging. But if you fail miserably and then explain what happened by blaming someone else, you're nothing but a whiney weasel.
And so...we bring you Gilbert Arenas, star player for the Washington Wizards, extraordinary scoring machine, and - you guessed it - whiney weasel of the week.
See, he's creating a backlash that he can now lashback against. Genius.
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