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Kornheiser Crushes Gilbert Arenas

"Gilbert Arenas is the worst person on earth," Tony Kornheiser said on today's episode of the On the DL podcast. "He's a coach killer and a team killer. He's a team killer, Gilbert Arenas. He got Eddie Jordan fired. He didn't play."

Well, this is true. He didn't play. He didn't play because his knee broke. Tom Brady is also a team killer. So is Kevin Garnett. Jerks.

I'll grant that the "worst person on earth" bit was a dash of Kornheiseristic hyperbole. But the coach killer and the team killer? Before his knee broke, Gilbert won the Wiz their first playoff series in two decades. He also filled the stands, sold jerseys, hit last-second shots, became the most popular athlete in this city and made people care about that sorry basketball franchise. That's a strange list of accomplishments for a team killer.

Broken knee aside, Gilbert didn't really force the Wizards to start this season 1-10. He didn't break a baseball bat over Brendan Haywood's wrist or throw an iron into DeShawn Stevenson's back. He had nothing to do with the fact that the Wiz's winning percentage actually increased after Eddie Jordan got fired.

Still, if we really want to go down that team-killing road, I suppose we could talk about people who who actually got their colleagues fired, in this case colleagues without seven-figure golden parachutes. Or we could talk about people who go out of their way to publicly demean their co-workers, or people who were suspended for publicly criticizing management, or people who publicly called a co-worker a "two-bit weasel slug" for the offense of performing his job. But that's just being picky.

Anyhow, Kornheiser said he didn't understand why some Sixers fans would be disappointed with the Jordan hire.

"He came down to Washington, a team that had made the playoffs once in over 20 years, one time in over 20 years and was eliminated in three straight games, and he took them to the playoffs I believe four straight years," he said. "Do I have that right? I believe I have that right. So what could people in Philly want? They got a guy who knows how to coach....He's a really good coach, and you know what? He's a really good guy. So what more do you really want?"

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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WTF?????

Tony Kornheiser is an old idiot. How the heck did Gilbert get Jordan fired when he wasn't even playing. As a matter of fact, he and the other vets (butler,jamison) were all upset over the firing. If you want to know who got Jordan fired, look no further than those knuckleheaded rookies on the team. Namely, Blatche and Young with all of their whining because they had not EARNED playing time in practice. That statement by Kornheiser is utterly ridiculous and I am sick of everyone dumping on Gilbert. Even Jordan has mentioned that he and Gilbert talked after his firing.

Posted by: ivyleague | June 3, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WTF?????

Tony Kornheiser is an old idiot. How the heck did Gilbert get Jordan fired when he wasn't even playing. As a matter of fact, he and the other vets (butler,jamison) were all upset over the firing. If you want to know who got Jordan fired, look no further than those knuckleheaded rookies on the team. Namely, Blatche and Young with all of their whining because they had not EARNED playing time in practice. That statement by Kornheiser is utterly ridiculous and I am sick of everyone dumping on Gilbert. Even Jordan has mentioned that he and Gilbert talked after his firing.

Posted by: ivyleague | June 3, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

You better watch out Dan. Mr. Tony will come for you next. He holds a grudge you know and doesn't like to be called out.

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | June 3, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Why does anyone pay attention to what TK says anymore?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 3, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Truth to power, Steinz.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | June 3, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

couldn't have said it better myself FunBunch.

Steinberg, way put Kornheiser's statement in perspective. The comments about Gil make no sense and given Tony's personal record, the comments are actually ludicrous.

Posted by: trolly_time | June 3, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Totally Balzy, Mr. Steinz. You rocks for pulling no punches on such a high profile personality at the Post.

And Kornheiser sounds like a petty jerk, and deserves the call out.

Posted by: hithere1 | June 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Dan-

Full disclosure, what grudge do you hold against Mr. Tony?

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | June 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?...

But yeah thanks for standing up for Gilbert. The last thing DC needs is people ripping on one of the few good players we actually have...

P.S... Jesus Flores is a HUGE team killer too apparently I guess.

Posted by: Smashionals | June 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse


This constant Kornheiser bashing is causing me to have another massive panic attack!!! Breathe Bill! Breathe!

Posted by: BillLehecka | June 3, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert Arenas is a salary cap killer" would've been more accurate considering his salary and production post-signing. I know he was hurt....just saying.....

Posted by: fushezzi | June 3, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It is SO ON!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 3, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

What grudge do you hold against weasel-slugs? Especially in this economy? They're delicious when sauteed with butter and garlic. But, two-bits is too much to pay for weasel slugs. Especially with all the rain we've been having.

Posted by: emrj | June 3, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

So TK says "Gilbert Arenas is the worst person on earth." Where do you figure TK ranks Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong-il? TK's hyperbole act is old and tired. Good for Steinz for calling him out.

Posted by: eric22 | June 3, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree with seriesoftubescleaner, but I don't think Steinz really cares one iota if TK comes after him. If it is possible to really love someone and hate them at the same time, then that's how I feel about Tony Kornheiser.

I grew up reading his columns. I loved the homer spin. The quirkiness. The Bandwagon. The Curse O Les Boulez. Redskins Report. Full Court Press. PTI. His "columnettes". I fully supported the MNF gig, even when it didn't seem like a good fit, and probably cost Theisman his job.

What I hated: His Style section columns, where he dove into an area he knew very little about: politics. His radio show, which was just plain boring at times. His post-WaPost existence at the Post (that's a lot of "posts"!). He clearly hasn't paid a fraction of the attention he used to to the Wizards, due to his other responsibilities, and yet still feels the need to comment on them when it is so obvious he hasn't been following them closely. And today's podcast episode is a perfect example of this.

I hear people all the time saying things like "Gilbert Arenas sucks," "the Wizards are never going to win a championship with Agent Zero" etc...and it's just foolish. Every team in the league would love to have Gilbert on their roster. Maybe not at the expense of a 100+ million dollar contract, but that's not the issue here. Stating that he is a "coach killer" or a "team killer" simply displays ignorance. As Steinberg eloquently pointed out, Gilbert the person had nothing to do with Jordan getting fired or the team starting off 1-10. His injury may have played a role, but that's an indirect correlation--and says nothing of the person Gilbert is nor teammate he has been.

Until he starts paying closer attention to the team, on this issue TK needs to know his role and shut his mouth.

End rant.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 3, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser's rantings and ravings = whatever.

Banana slugs = eeewww.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 3, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Great JoB! Danimal. Let's Go Wiz and Gil the Thrill....hopefully

Posted by: BurgwithaU | June 3, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I have heard from many people that Gil got Jordan fired. Gil had free reign to act like a fool and Eddie Jordan is no nonsense and it came to a point where you have to understand authority and your role on the team and Gil overstepped/oversteps his bounds constantly. Don't get me wrong, Gil is a heck of a player and if the same healthy Gil comes back, then he will continue to shoot the lights out, but his relationship with Polin allowed him to feel as though he could do no wrong. That type of attitude affects team chemistry negatively. It is hilarious how they fire Jordan, a stern coach, for a pushover who got run all over by the Pistons. If Saunders can get gil to play defense and understand that other people are on the court also, then Jordan will be an afterthought. I, however, think Jordan is a great coach and it was a mistake to let him go.

Posted by: wutangueray | June 3, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Ballsy Steinz. Ballsy and true.

I agree with the whole sentiment of love but hate Kornheiser. I read his columns from when I learned to read, til he stopped writing them and enjoy the guy, but sometimes what he says kind of does make you wonder. Maybe he gets his mind erased periodically?

Posted by: rawk | June 3, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

didnt kornheiser just leave the post like yesterday? i always thought this was a playful hatred. dan must have had those links teed up and ready to go for months or years waiting for tk to leave. catfight

peterman: "woof"
elaine: "don't you mean rrreeer?"
peterman: "that's it!"

Posted by: makplan20002 | June 3, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"What is so appealing to men about a catfight?"

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 3, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what TK or Steinberg say Gilbert is a (as fushezzi wrote) a cap killer. He $20 million for 2 games. They should have let him go. If he was on the market and about to sign he would have had to take a physical and no team would give him any $ knowing the day after signing he would be going into surgery. Ernie Blew it. Again. You could have had a starter and two solid backups for the $ Gilbert got this year for NOTHING! Instead the Wiz "No bench and the walking wounded." We'll see about the draft and off season but it we go into next season with Ernie's "if the starters just stay healthy we'll win it all" philosophy for the fourth straight year we will stink it up again. Gilbert is a good guy but that contract is killing this team.

Posted by: Shane67 | June 3, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser is a complete slimeball. But he's right in this case. Arenas is the Wizards' Jaromir Jagr. They will regret that contract extension for a long long time.

Posted by: poguesmahone | June 3, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I have heard from many people that Gil got Jordan fired. Gil had free reign to act like a fool and Eddie Jordan is no nonsense and it came to a point where you have to understand authority and your role on the team and Gil overstepped/oversteps his bounds constantly. Don't get me wrong, Gil is a heck of a player and if the same healthy Gil comes back, then he will continue to shoot the lights out, but his relationship with Polin allowed him to feel as though he could do no wrong. That type of attitude affects team chemistry negatively. It is hilarious how they fire Jordan, a stern coach, for a pushover who got run all over by the Pistons. If Saunders can get gil to play defense and understand that other people are on the court also, then Jordan will be an afterthought. I, however, think Jordan is a great coach and it was a mistake to let him go.

Posted by: wutangueray | June 3, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Are these "many people" the same people that believe astronauts never landed on the moon, that 9/11 is a U.S. government conspiracy, and that Oswald didn't kill JFK?

Seriously, where do people come up with such nonsense? Obviously, a lot of it comes from lack of intelligence and common sense. But for the rare few that aren't dummies, how do you come up with the notion that Gilbert Arenas had Eddie Jordan fired? It's simply hilarious.

And Eddie Jordan was a "stern coach." Hah! The guy was universally known as a players coach. Again, where do you come up with this stuff?

Posted by: Barno1 | June 3, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what TK or Steinberg say Gilbert is a (as fushezzi wrote) a cap killer. He $20 million for 2 games. They should have let him go. If he was on the market and about to sign he would have had to take a physical and no team would give him any $ knowing the day after signing he would be going into surgery. Ernie Blew it. Again. You could have had a starter and two solid backups for the $ Gilbert got this year for NOTHING! Instead the Wiz "No bench and the walking wounded." We'll see about the draft and off season but it we go into next season with Ernie's "if the starters just stay healthy we'll win it all" philosophy for the fourth straight year we will stink it up again. Gilbert is a good guy but that contract is killing this team.

Posted by: Shane67 | June 3, 2009 4:14 PM |

Here we go, another dimwit. Gilbert's contract isn't what is killing the team. Gilbert will be back next year and beyond and earn his $$ on the court. Mike James and Etan Thomas on the other hand, those are legitimate contract killers--and they don't have injuries to blame (well Etan had a year off due to a heart issue but aside from that has been relatively healthy in his career and has never been worth the money is being paid).

And saying the Wizards have "no bench." Seriously, what are you talking about? They could very well be one of the top 5 deepest teams in 2009.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 3, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance TK. His shtick on PTI is old, no longer in the booth with man-crush Jaws, and he's off the hook with the Post now. Has anyone read a TK column in the past 2-3 years? Towards the end he reverted to gimmicky, trifling blurbs, posing as a column.
Boswell and Wise need to carry the torch from here.
And Arenas a coach-killer? Eddie Jordan was the longest tenured coach in the East before he was fired, in the year Gilbert was out.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 3, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Repeat: Eddie Jordan was the longest tenured coach in the East until he was fired this year, the year Gil didn't play.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 3, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff. Watch yourself, cheeseboy.

Posted by: sitruc | June 3, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"Gilbert will be back next year and beyond and earn his $$ on the court."

That's quite an assumption based on his recent history. You think he will come back and earn his keep but we dont know. We thought the same thing last year. I hope he does, dont get me wrong.

And yes, he is killing the cap. Anyone who is earning a salary, especially at that amount, and not playing is taking up salary cap space of someone who could be producing.

Bottom line....if Gil doesn't play a full season this year, the contract has to be viewed as one of the worst in DC history.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 4, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

"He came down to Washington, a team that had made the playoffs once in over 20 years, one time in over 20 years and was eliminated in three straight games, and he took them to the playoffs...Do I have that right? I believe I have that right."

For a minute, I thought he was talking about Gilbert, as it applies to him just as much as Jordan.

Posted by: bowiemd1 | June 4, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't think TK was specifically saying he's a coach killer b/c he broke his knee, so I think all the "(insert name of player w/ busted knee) is a coach killer" are a bit exaggerated. TK was alluding to Arenas's massive contract and the effect he has on the active roster when he's not playing. Guys like KG and Brady didn't have negative effects on their team once they were out, however it could be argued that Arenas did. Plus when he is healthy, his style of play isn't very coach friendly (shot whenever he wants...and ususally make it) nor is it teammate friendly.

Regardless of all of this...I still love the guy, but I'm just sayin...

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Posted by: ShortShorts | June 4, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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