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Gilbert Insults Minnesota Basketball

Do not believe those promises that Gilbert Arenas will be a quiet, boring, non-headline making man during his low-key comeback. Already this week he has:

* Taken an entirely witty and probably deserved but still impolitic shot at his younger teammates, telling Mike Wise "We got rid of veterans every year, and we're bringing in kids. We kept getting draft picks. We kept acquiring projects. Nick is a project. JaVale is a project. Javaris is a project. Eventually when you have enough projects, you live in the 'hood."

* Promised not to address the media for the remainder of the season, just before addressing the media on three out of four days.

* Contradicted his coach on his upcoming playing plan, saying that he might play against Memphis 15 minutes after interim coach Ed Tapscott said Arenas would sit.

* Made a recommendation for an Arizona basketball coaching hire, while taking a shot at both interim coach Russ Pennell and the Minnesota program. Here's what Gil told the Daily Wildcat about Lute Olson:

"I'm a Coach O guy. Once he decided he was going to take a leave of absence, I decided we can't watch right now because it's going to be a struggle...They need to get a great, powerful coach that can get recruits. That's what Arizona was good at. Everybody's backing out, so we have to go after a strong, strong coach....

"I heard [Minnesota's] Tubby Smith was out there. That would be great. Other than that, unless you get a coach from the NBA, one of these assistant coaches that has a big name, you have to go after someone like Tubby Smith to see if you can push him away from the small program he's at."

Of course, the small program Tubby's at plays in a league that got more berths than Arizona's and sent more teams to the Final Four. Tubby's small-time team also got a higher seed than the Wildcats, but no matter. Oh! Almost forgot. Gil also took another shot at Milwaukee, when asked about the Richard Jefferson trade. "I just laughed when he was traded to Milwaukee," Gilbert said. "That's funny to me."

Gilbert also told the paper he put Arizona into his Final Four. A 12 seed reaching the Final Four is about as likely as Gilbert Arenas playing two weeks without saying something absurd. I'm in favor of both.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 5:31 PM ET
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Wow, he is just a walking contradiction and I love it. To pick one example from millions, Didnt he just say last week he did not watch/care about the NCAA tourney cause it was the "JV"? Now he says he had Zona in his Final Four. Thank God he is back.

Posted by: MadDog20201 | April 1, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Gil's a typical UofA guy. Can't add, can't count, etc.

Posted by: kolbkl | April 1, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

In the interest of Fairness...

Arizona made it to the sweet Sixteen, did Minensota even win their first-round game? (I don't think they did but honestly can't remember).

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 1, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

They lost their opening-round game to Texas.

I hate the University of Minnesota.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like JohninMpls is as big a d-bag as Gilbert

Posted by: digga0214 | April 1, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I love Gil, but I can't stand Pac-10 schools when it comes to athletics. Pac-10 boosters get away with a lot. I know a few people who went to Arizona who and I couldn't believe some of the stories they were telling me about people who were participating in Olympic sports.

Posted by: sitruc | April 1, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"A 12 seed reaching the Final Four is about as likely as Gilbert Arenas playing two weeks without saying something absurd."

George Mason was an 11 seed in 2006--still pretty unlikely.

(I'm sorry; it's just that I never tire of Mason 2006 talk.)

Posted by: WaPoGuy | April 1, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

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