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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Video: Arenas reflects on his career

By Washington Post editors

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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With the Wizards playing two great games without Agent Zero - why is there so much space taken up by him?

Let's move on....

Posted by: charley42 | December 21, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"With the Wizards playing two great games without Agent Zero - why is there so much space taken up by him?"

Because the WPost likes talking about "drama" and the drama had left the building.

Agree, move on guys. I'd rather hear about how the Wiz now have 4 legit starters, two of which former All Stars, when Wall comes back healthy.

Don't be surprised to see them go on a little roll in January.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"With the Wizards playing two great games without Agent Zero - why is there so much space taken up by him?

Let's move on...."


Are you serious, really? If you don't know why then you must be in that dark tunnel he spoke of.

He was one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise and although he didn't (and wasn't going to) get us to a championship, he excited us like no other had in a long time.

I wish Gil the very best the rest of his career and hopes he finds happiness in Orl.

Posted by: zxhoya | December 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Is that Michael Lee asking questions in Orlando? That explains the hockey guy covering the Wizards home game.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It's as if there is only room on this blog roll for one subject. It's clearly titled "Video: Arenas reflects on his career", don't read it if you're not interested in the subject matter.

Posted by: zxhoya | December 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It's as if there is only room on this blog roll for one subject.

It's Wizards Insider, not Wizards Outsider.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice work M. Lee.

Arenas is as unfiltered an athlete as there is in 2010. It's nice to hear some straight talk from a guy who honestly made me think the Wizards could win a title some day back in 2007.

Posted by: elfreako | December 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"With the Wizards playing two great games without Agent Zero - why is there so much space taken up by him?"

Posted by: charley42 | December 21, 2010 12:34 PM

What, is the Internet running out of room or something?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

agreed...can we talk about how the team is looking good, making fewer dumb moves, rotating the ball, stickiong out plays and playing defense rather than how shocked we are that Gil is gone?

Posted by: Blurred | December 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to point out that Javele's one-man fastbreak last night didn't result in another charge. That James Jones near homicide is already paying off.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Just because the gun jams when you pull the trigger doesn't mean it's not attempted murder.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 21, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I defended Arenas plenty of times on many things but sometimes as a man you have to accept responsibility and try to right the wrong. For whatever reason he seems to have a lot of resentment on things that he clearly brought on himself. For the most part the fans came back and forgave him even though he didn't give a public apology. They came out and supported him but he gave half hearted effort. If he was hurt by not being the face of the team he must realize that it was of his own doing.

Posted by: spades72 | December 21, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I wrote on this board and many others last year that the Wizards handled the gun incident completely wrong. They should have stood behind Gil and not taken his picture down, etc... They continued handled Gil wrong by declaring a new face of team and yelling to the world we're going to rebuild around John Wall.

Listening to Gil's comments shows that he never got past how the Wizards handled the gun incident. I don't think he was playing bad on purpose. It's clear he didn't have the fire in him to play for the Wizards anymore. It's clear that he was faking the funk until they traded him. I hold no bad will against him for that because we have all been in a position where we had to put on a fake smile until it was time to go.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | December 21, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Gill has about $18 million reasons to play hard every night and get that fire in him.

Esp considerring how much he has been paid to be rehabbing his knee the past couple of years. if that isn't enough reason to motivate him, then good riddance.

Posted by: Blurred | December 21, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Doing your job and doing your job with passion are two different things. No amount of money can make you play with passion. As Ted said, Gil did everything asked of him, however, because Gil felt the organization didn't stand behind he no longer could play with desire and passion he needs to be great.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | December 21, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Then like I said,good riddance. If you don't have enough personal pride to do your best, regardless of your pay or your job, walk on out the door.

I understand a let down once in a while, though.

Anyway. Gil is gone. i am sure he will light us up for 48 pts some day down the road, but we are a better team without him.

Posted by: Blurred | December 21, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

i am sure he will light us up for 48 pts some day down the road

He'll probably get a standing O if he does at VC. Maybe anyways.

That interview is reminiscent of what's so great about Gil, he just puts it out there. Nothing mean-spirited or disparaging said, but still laid it out there pretty clearly...no way he and EG could possibly co-exist. No fresh start, regardless of how hard everyone tried.

Anyways, good luck Gil, lord knows you'll need it the way you're currently shooting!

Posted by: divi3 | December 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

As far as the team's recent play, imo, it's the result of having a SG play SG and a PG play PG. Kirk is so much more effective at PG, and there are no SGs who are going to physically overmatch Nick- not even likes of DWade as we saw the other night.

Hopefully Flip doesnt get tempted to go small again when Wall returns.

Posted by: divi3 | December 21, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Gil looks relieved and very happy in this interview and I (for one) am happy for him. He's a class act and I wish him well in Orlando. He brought a lot of thrills and great memories to a franchise that remains moribund.

As for the Wizards, it remains to be seen whether John Wall can stay healthy (Gilbert couldn't). Blatche and McGee continue to play way below their athletic potential and Hinrich needs to develop some consistency with his shot. Maybe the return of Howard and the trade for Lewis will improve things over time, but let's face it... this team must be cursed.

Posted by: crice2 | December 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Kirk is so much more effective at PG, and there are no SGs who are going to physically overmatch Nick- not even likes of DWade as we saw the other night."

The PG comment I have been saying for years now. Again, we have 4 legit players starting when Wall comes back. I am VERY interested seeing them all on the floor at the same time.

In the mean time Kirk can run an offense, or at least I think so. So it will be interesting seeing Lewis in the lineup at the 4.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"The PG comment I have been saying for years now. Posted by rmcazz"

What comment was that?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 21, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

HE NEEDS A NEW START AND HE WAS NOT GOING TO GET IT IN DC.LOVE YOU GIL.SO GOOD LUCK.PLAY BASKETBALL.

Posted by: curtisherr65 | December 21, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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