Arenas Immortalized

Tomorrow, a wax figure of Gilbert Arenas will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. From the press release:

A team of Madame Tussauds studio artists flew in from London, UK to conduct a figure sitting with Arenas at the Verizon Center earlier this year. They took hundreds of measurements and photos of him, as well as selected eye, hair and skin tone matches for his figure, which will don Arenas' signature #0 Washington Wizards home uniform - donated by Arenas. The figure will be a part of the attraction's sports area alongside figures of other iconic athletes, including Evander Holyfield, Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.

A wax figure of Gilbert Arenas will be unveiled tomorrow in the District. (Madame Tussauds)

Mike Wise was there for the figure sitting and is writing a column -- which will include some other observations about the 1-7 Wizards -- for Friday's newspaper. He wonders if the three-time all-star will ever regain the form displayed by the wax figure.

[The wax figure will also be on display before Friday's home game against the Houston Rockets.] Stay tuned.

By Alexa Steele |  November 19, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
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It can probably better defense than all of the current Wizards' guards.

Better jumper than Stevenson's too. More lateral quickness than Daniels.

Yeah, cheap shots; but (mostly) deserved.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 19, 2008 5:34 PM

It can probably better defense than

That's play better defense...

I guess if you're going to cheap shot people, at least make sense doing so.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 19, 2008 5:37 PM

Hope the wax figure includes knee brace and crutches because that is the only Gil anyone has seen in recent history.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | November 19, 2008 5:43 PM

Hmmm.....still contemplating whether I should watch the Wiz tonight, or will I just be wasting 2 and a half hours watching the same crap? I mean, almost every game on the road, they've been out of it early so theres no point. If they have no motivation to play well at home, then they won't play well tonight in Atlanta. I'm expecting the same type of game they played in Miami and in Orlando. No energy, no sense of urgency, no defense at all, sloppy offense. I'm really starting to get restless with this team. They have to show they can play better defense and get into a rhythm on offense, or they will win about 20 games, maybe 15.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 19, 2008 5:44 PM

i like how the comments are few and far between b/c this team has sucked all of the energy out of its fan base only 7 games in.

i have to say i think WILBON is dead wrong in his article about jumping on the "fire eddie jordan" bandwagon. He shouldn't be fired because we are 1 and 6. He should be fired because his coaching is horrible and specifically his substitution patterns and starting line-up. Why he starts Etan who is a total stiff out there is beyond me. Same can be said for stevenson.....does anyone hear me out there...........? argh

Posted by: IZZY3 | November 19, 2008 5:56 PM

I can't think of a worst waste of wax.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 19, 2008 8:47 PM


Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 19, 2008 8:47 PM

DC_MAN you need to get your mind right.Why is that a waste of wax? Gils the man

Posted by: Dwe316 | November 20, 2008 5:02 AM

It’s a waste of wax because we are immortalizing mediocrity. This is why the country is in the state it is in. It sends the wrong message that you do not have to be dedicated and go the extra mile to get rewarded in today’s world. The next thing you know Abe will be giving him his NBA Championship ring because he feels sorry for him not because he earned one. There was a reason he was left off of the Olympic team from a man who knows how to judge real talent and could out coach EJ in his sleep.

Quit drinking the Kool Aid people

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 20, 2008 7:37 AM

Yes, the franchise is barely mediocre, but Gilbert is not a mediocre player. Pre-injury, he was well on his way to becoming the franchises all-time greatest player(opinion, not fact), bar none.

Think about this: If Sean Taylor was injured for the better part of 2 seasons and Gilbert was murdered, these same Gilbert haters would be hating on Sean and praising Gilberts memory.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 20, 2008 8:09 AM

"...these same Gilbert haters would be hating on Sean and praising Gilberts memory."

That's a terrible and narrowsited comparison. It's not even close.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 20, 2008 8:27 AM


In my opinion, you are wrong. Don't take no offense, but what is narrowsighted is your saying that it is a terrible comparison. Narrowsighted is people slamming Gilbert for being hurt. Narrowsighted is people calling making like he is a non-improving underachieving bum who is poisonous to the wizards. Narrowsighted is people thinking the wizards are better off without him, not knowing what he will be like after he returns. Narrowsighted is predicting he will be a shell of himself. He could be a shell of himself. Who knows? And that has nothing to do with his contract because people were narrowsighted before he signed it.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 20, 2008 9:22 AM

He's the MAN for what? He has been injured for almost 2 years. Why honor him with a wax head now? He might be cursed for this too.. He might get hurt again..

Posted by: brooksan | November 20, 2008 11:50 AM

It's got nothing to do with him being hurt. He does not want to play defense or pass the ball, he is a poor man's AI. There is a right way and a wrong way to play TEAM basketball. Thanks to the ESPN highlight shows most players only worry about making plays that will get them on the show versus winning the game. The greatest players in the game played with heart and for them it was about winning as a team, they made their teammates better players. Sorry to let you down G-man11 but Gil is not even close to being one of the best Bullets/Wizard players ever.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 20, 2008 12:50 PM


I didn't say he was the best wizard ever. I said he was on his way to becoming that. George Gervin was labeled great and played no defense. I guess Larry Bird was great defensively. How great would he have been on these wizards, without McHale and Parish. Not all great players played defense. I am not saying he is the best current NBA player or anything like that. His teammates love him and want to play with him. Unseld was a great rebounder and outlet passer. What about his offense? What makes him the greatest? Is Elvin the greatest? Who is? Arenas may not be the best wizard/bullet ever. He could become that.

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 20, 2008 1:38 PM


Elvin and Wes won a NBA championship. Larry won who knows how many and people do not even mention George Gervin’s name when they talk about Tim Duncan. You can not compare him to the players I mentioned since he plays point guard. Gil is a 2 guard with a point guard body. He is the one that has never won a playoff series and will not change his game so the team wins. If you know anything about basketball and look at the past championship teams other then the Pistons with Isiah (that team played defense) and Magic (are you going to tell me Gil is as good as Magic?) name another team where the point guard plays the style Gil plays? Like I said he is a poor man’s AI who has never won a championship either. It’s a team game and the point guard has to get the other players involved. I am not saying he isn’t a good player but he is far from being the best Wizard/Bullet ever. You may be too young to know the name Earl Monroe but he in my opinion was the best guard that ever player for this franchise.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 20, 2008 5:14 PM


I didn't say he was the best, I said he was on his way to becoming the best, pre -injury. That is an opinion. As far as Wes and Elvin, they had each other. Who has Arenas played with comparable? As far as Gervin and Bird, I was talking about their defense. Both are labeled great. What did Gervin win? Bird had McHale and Parish. And I am not saying that any of those players aren't great, they were.

Also, pre-injury, who did Gil have to pass to other than Larry Hughes, Jamison, and Caron? Back then Haywood looked like he was shooting with his eyes closed. Etan? Jarvis? Jared Jeffries? Kwame? Michael Ruffin? Don't be ridiculous. By the way, Jamison, Caron, and Hughes played better with Gil than without him.

Me myself, I don't think Gil has the ability to be a shutdown defender, pre-injury. I don't expect him to be post-injury. But not all previously labeled great players are great defenders. Not all great players won championships either. That does not mean that they can evolve into the best player the franchise has had. Like I said, Gervin was not. Didn't he make the top 50? What did he win?

Posted by: G-Man11 | November 21, 2008 8:09 AM

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