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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Jump ball: Would you rather have Arenas back?

By Washington Post editors

With the Wizards mired in a six-game losing streak and heading toward record-setting futility on the road, have things gotten so depressing that fans would rather turn back the clock? Commenter bosshog7169 suggests just such a scenario:

Indisputable fact: if Gil was on this team he would have willed us to get lucky and win a road game. Not saying it was a horrible trade getting rid of his inflated contract, but Rashard's isn't much better and he is playing like a bum. I'd rather see the Gil X factor on the court if we're going to be horrible. At least that way it wouldn't be so boring watching the Wiz pretend to play basketball.

What do you think? Gilbert Arenas will be back in town on Friday when Washington hosts the Magic. For excitement's sake, do you wish he was still a Wizard?

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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Move on, please? Oh and we were 0 and whatever when he was herer so.

Posted by: AllDCSports | February 2, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I love me some Gilbert Arenas. I wish that he had stayed a Wiz for his entire career.

Posted by: Matte | February 2, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I personally do not care if Arenas has a better talent than RL or not,The team is playing better now than with Arenas.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 2, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I like Lewis, but this isn't a team best suited for him..But overall, I no longer look forward to 7pm to turn to CSN, because the Wiz are so boring to watch, even with Wall

Posted by: babycas2000 | February 2, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

This season is bitter sweet for me I am glad to see all the people that wanted Gilbert gone suffering. Gilbert Could have still been here. What free agent in there right mind would want to play here now. We have a terrible team and an even worse coaching situation. All the fans that wanted Gilbert gone you are the reason we are suffering. John Wall can't do it alone. I want Gilbert back. I am a season ticket holder and Gilbert brought excitement to the game. Its embarrassing when you go to the Verizon center now and half the place is empty. I guess we can go back to the days of promoting other teams to fill the place. How do all the Gilbert hatters feel I don't see you at the games!

Posted by: REPINDC4LIFE | February 2, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Gil was a thrill for several years but he's only 60% of what he use to be. He needed to be traded for his own sanity. He became miserable in D.C.however his misery was self inflicted. If Gil was not traded we'd never see Nick Young blossom the way he has. Looking forward to seeing the Wall/Young backcourt becoming one of the best within 2 years.

Posted by: Stevie-J | February 2, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

YOU NEVER GO BACKWARDS! You left that woman for a reason, you quit that job for a reason, you went to the dentist for a reason. To even have a what if question surrounding Gilbert is ridiculous. If you don't like what you see turn the television off or change the station. And what X factor are you talking about? The Gil wasn't exactly burning it up here or in Orlando. If you really need something to do pick up a book, spend some time with your kids, do some volunteer work...but to go backwards. Get real and get a life there ARE other things to do. And this is from a Bullet fan from waaaaaaay back.

Posted by: swimmer11 | February 2, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Having Gil here was better than having Lewis here. Gil was the better player, better entertainment and arguably the better person (never got caught cheating the game ie steroids, countless community donations and events). I dunno if we'd be better or worse right now with him, I do know we're thin at guard and heavy at soft jumpshooting big though.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 2, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I love Gil, but he's no where close to the player he was. I've watched him with the Magic and it's sad - he gets around 21 minutes a game, averages 8 pts, shoots 37% overall, 30% from three point range, gets about 3.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers. Down the stretch he's on the bench. I'm quite surprised they've stuck with him this long and haven't gone back to Jason Williams or Duhon. I keep hoping he'll start lighting it up, but its not happening. In terms of a straight Gil for Lewis trade the Wiz got the better of the deal.

Posted by: tedunni1 | February 2, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I still cannot get over the fact that the Wizards used the number one overall pick in the National Basketball Association on a basketball player that cannot shoot a BASKETBALL! In retrospect, they did not have a lot of options. It was a bad year to win the lottery. But, I just don't know how much longer I can look at box scores with 3-13 shooting nights and 8 assists for J.Wall. And, it appears J.Wall has bad knees. Other than Nick Young, whom they will probably find a way to get rid of, this team has no exciting, overly talented players. I would love to have G.A. back....

Posted by: cnoll | February 2, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to seeing the Wall/Young backcourt becoming one of the best within 2 years.

Posted by: Stevie-J

It will never happen,because Nick will be gone, because the fans are already (again)screaming for his head. The way it's looking JW will be here for his rookie contract, then so too will he be gone. That's the way the Wizards do buisness. Mark my words another couple of dumb moves coming (see Shumur) !

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | February 2, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

cnoll:

Check out the next few picks behind Wall & tell me who would you rather ? By the way haven't seen Rondo burning up the nets. Look somewhere else for a fix , John Wall is not it !

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | February 2, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

no doubt arenas is a better player and has that x factor to close out games that lewis doesent have. the move was strictly business.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 2, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You think it's a coincidence that this team is defending better since Arenas was tossed?

You would have to be a complete idiot to wish Gilbert were still a Wizard. We all owe Otis Smith a great deal of gratitude becuase he is THE ONLY GM in the league that would have taken on that contract for that player.

Do we wish Gilbert were still here. Why? They didn't win any road games with him here either did they? He is damaged goods and Orlando's problem and will be the straw that broke the camel's back in regards to Otis Smith being fired.

Hell he will probably end up being the reason EG is fired as well. EG definetly bet on the wrong horse when it comes to Arenas...

Glad he will be in the visitors lockeroom on Friday..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@cnoll,

CRACK KILLS...Fries your brain cells dude..Leave it alone..lol

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@cnoll,

CRACK KILLS...Fries your brain cells dude..Leave it alone..lol

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Note to tedunni1: I'm almost sure Jason Williams got cut or left the Magic, as far as Gil is concerned, yeah he is a shadow of the player that used to put fear in the opposing team. I think the Wiz could have kept Gil given what Lewis has done for us(6-10 jump shooter) but Gil's contract had us in "cap hell" so we had to move him given his production or lack of it.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 2, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@cnoll,

CRACK KILLS..C'mon man are you serious.

Kid is averaging 15 & 9 with 2 steals & 4 boards a game. Yeah he has 4 turnovers a game, but he gets that back with the rebounds..

He is on course to be one of if not the best PG in the league real soon..Remember he is a Rook..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

At least they wouldn't be boring. Other than Wall to McGhee we have no excitement.

Posted by: largetony86 | February 2, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag,

Getting rid of Arenas was an addition by subtraction type of deal. If they could've just traded him and got nothing back they would have.

Yeah we had to take on R.Lewis and his contract but it was not a move where Lewis was supposed to come in and save the franchise.

The franchise was saved as soon as Arenas was on the plane on the way to Orlando...

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@largetony8,

Boring? You clearly have not been to a wizards game this season. Far from boring. With the exception of maybe 3 or 4 games each game was very exciting close and hard fought games..

I must be on a different planet than everyone else..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@largetony8,

Boring? You clearly have not been to a wizards game this season. Far from boring. With the exception of maybe 3 or 4 games each game was very exciting close and hard fought games..

I must be on a different planet than everyone else..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

We were 0 and whatever on the road while Gil was here.

Its a new day, I say farewaell to Arenas and thank you for making Pro Basketball relevent again in DC.

Posted by: AllDCSports | February 2, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

For all you Gil haters, Gil would not have played D but his O was usually on point. Wall never scored a point in the NBA and they appointed him the player to save the team. NOT, first let the coach go its obvious (check detroit)that he is not the man to direct us back to the Playoffs LOL! Yeah that's how low we have sunk, we just want to make it to the play offs not win. This team will need another over haul shortly as soon as they figure out JWs speed won't win games when everyone has speed. Tell him to go find a jumper and get off the floor Wall.

Posted by: angelobraddock | February 2, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Bring Eddie Jordan back.

Posted by: AllDCSports | February 2, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The biggest problem on this team is the front court and their lack of growth as professionals. these guys make thesame mistakes night in and night out.

You can't win with Blatche and McGee as your key cogs. They ARE NBA talent, but they should not be logging the minutes and counted on for key plays like they are now. They should be productive subs. McGee starts just about every game with 2 quick/cheap fouls. Blatche just seems lazy and aloof.

Posted by: simplewords999 | February 2, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

How about we trade Blatche, Lewis and a draft pick for Carmelo Anthony? I don't think the Nuggets would, but we can dream.

Posted by: tischmid | February 2, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It was a trade that needed to be done.

Following Gil's Magic stats, so much for the theory that he was "tanking it" here in order to force a trade. No improvement. I think his knee is worse than it was last year, pre-guns.

We traded one up/down vet for another up/down vet. Both have bloated contracts, but one's is a year shorter. And only one of the vets is a complete and total head case. One contract was thought to be completely untradeable, but the other might still be moveable... which would really make this trade an excellent one.

Posted by: rbelleisle | February 2, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It was a trade that needed to be done.

Following Gil's Magic stats, so much for the theory that he was "tanking it" here in order to force a trade. No improvement. I think his knee is worse than it was last year, pre-guns.

We traded one up/down vet for another up/down vet. Both have bloated contracts, but one's is a year shorter. And only one of the vets is a complete and total head case. One contract was thought to be completely untradeable, but the other might still be moveable... which would really make this trade an excellent one.

Posted by: rbelleisle | February 2, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Wizards didn't have a lot of options in the draft; I said that in my first post. They did what they had to do, and I am glad they didn't draft Evan Turner. It's just a shame that there wasn't someone better available for us. He is averaging a little more than 14 pts and 9 assists. There are 12 point guards in the NBA averaging the same amount of points or much more, and he has the 2nd lowest shooting % of all of them, the 2nd lowest 3 pt shooting %, and is averaging the highest amout of turnovers out of all of them. He is 4th in assists out of all of them. To me, the good assists average and the poor shooting % cancel each other out. So, you've got a number one overall pick who is supposed to take a team to a championship one day who, as of now, appears very pedestrian. It is his first year, so improvement is expected. But, generally, if you can't shoot by now, it's not going to improve much. Maybe he will become a Rondo who was drafted in the late 1st round and is surrounded by Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. All I'm saying is that, if you put the kool-aid down for a minute, it's not very encouraging for a pick that high, and the Wizards do not appear to have francise-type player around whom they can build.

Posted by: cnoll | February 2, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Indisputable fact: if Gil was on this team he would have willed us to get lucky and win a road game."

Yeah, because he's been just a perpetual fountain of good luck for the Wizards the past 3 years.

Spare me.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 2, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

For excitement's sake, do you wish he was still a Wizard?

If he came with a time machine that magically transported him back to his glory days, sure.

The 2011 Arenas?

You jest. I've been watching him play.

Posted by: nmik | February 2, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

You think it's a coincidence that this team is defending better since Arenas was tossed?

You would have to be a complete idiot to wish Gilbert were still a Wizard. We all owe Otis Smith a great deal of gratitude becuase he is THE ONLY GM in the league that would have taken on that contract for that player.

Do we wish Gilbert were still here. Why? They didn't win any road games with him here either did they? He is damaged goods and Orlando's problem and will be the straw that broke the camel's back in regards to Otis Smith being fired.

Hell he will probably end up being the reason EG is fired as well. EG definetly bet on the wrong horse when it comes to Arenas...

Glad he will be in the visitors lockeroom on Friday..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abu

For all this stellar defense (except NY of course) they're still getting outscored by opponents on most nights right?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 2, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course I would rather have Gilbert....The 2006-2007 Gilbert.

Posted by: jmpalomo | February 2, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

NO I don't wish Gil was still here. Although NYoung would still have played more and blossomed (cuz Gil would've faked other injuries) it's nice to not have to deal with Gil's wierdness and bad shooting anymore. 'Shard is playing a lot better than Gil - though that's not saying much.

Posted by: gary9smith | February 2, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

no way, jose.

the trade was a good one for both gil and the wiz. the only loser was orlando.

Posted by: MinuMang | February 2, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

For all you Gil haters, Gil would not have played D but his O was usually on point.

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not a gil hater but note that the operative word in your sentence is "was". Gil's not that player any more.

I'd like to be younger too, but it ain't happening.

Posted by: MinuMang | February 2, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

At least they wouldn't be boring. Other than Wall to McGhee we have no excitement.
Posted by: largetony86

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guess we all watch games for our own reasons. I watch to see team basketball, not highlight reel plays. (not that gil has highlight reel plays nowadays anyway.)

to each his own ... |

Posted by: MinuMang | February 2, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@cnoll ,

Whatever.. JW is rated the 10th best PG in the nba with a 17.4 Effiencey rating.. I have no idea what the hell you are looking at.. This kid is on track to become not good but a great PG..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Arenas is @ # 39 with an efficiency rating of 8..LOL

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"Would you....have ARENAS back?"

H*LL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anything else.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 2, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

speaking of Arenas . . .

Tom Haberstroh's underachiever list:

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=haberstroh_tom&id=6082652

Posted by: nmik | February 2, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

From the above:

(1) Gilbert Arenas, G, Orlando Magic

You often hear about a player needing a change of scenery, as if the new environment will magically transform him into something new and exciting. Many pegged Arenas as a metamorphosis candidate when he got shipped to Orlando. And he has changed ... for the worse.

As a member of the Magic, Arenas hasn't found his former self. Almost impossibly, his shooting has gotten worse. He was at a below-average 50.5 true shooting percentage in Washington and has dipped to a subterranean 46 percent in Orlando. And despite shooting just 30 percent on 3-pointers in a Magic uniform, he's still chucking up six longballs every 36 minutes. There have been only four instances in NBA history in which a regular has shot that poorly and that often over a full season.

Although Arenas has picked up more assists since leaving Washington, remember that he left one of the worst shooting teams in the league to join one of the best. The sad part: As bad as Arenas has played in Orlando, he's still better than the alternative, Chris Duhon. There's still time to salvage what's left of Arenas' career, and the sooner the better because the Magic owe him another $62 million after this season.

Posted by: nmik | February 2, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It is not in the Wizards' best interest to win games in 2010-2011.

Winning an extra 5-6 games with Gil would mean fewer balls in the lottery and that is exactly what the Wizards don't need right now.

This club is at the level of an expansion team with the departure of Butler, Haywood, Jamison, Stevenson and Arenas.

John Wall was the first step forward for the future.

But realistically he may be one of only 2-3 players on the current squad that will be here when times are better.

So, why all the angst over winning games this year?

I will save the suspense - the Wizards are going to finish in last place. That's a given in a rugged division.

The greatest opportunity for this team to move forward is to grab one of the top 3 picks and select a front court player who can shoot the ball and be a solid interior defender.

You get that player together with Wall and then you can entice a SG or SF free agent in 2012 to join the team.

Then Washington will be in position to make a real move in the standings.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 2, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Personally I'd have to list the Arenas trade as the season's biggest plus. I thought the Wiz would be stuck with him for at least another year -- Gil doing his best to get the heck out of town, and the Wiz management pretending otherwise. The way things worked out, Washington got a player who has contributed more than we had a right to expect, and a shorter (if equally bad) contract to unload.

Orlando clearly doesn't need Arenas to win games. So I don't think anyone has seen what Gil is still capable of yet, because frankly, he's not trying. He's waiting for the season to be over and the real season to begin. Then he hopes to be healthy with fresh legs for an appearance before the TV cameras.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 2, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am happy for Gil. I am a Wizard fan but look for Orlando games on TV too. I know he is not Agent 0 right now. Not saying he will ever regain that level. But I am happy he is on a decent team. Hopefully his contribution will be better as he gets healthier.

Would I want Gil on the Wizards? Yes. Rashard ain't nothing but another soft, jump shooting 6'10" guy, and on this wizard team, he is redundant. He ain't Gil.

Gil may be a lot, but he ain't soft. The Wizards have nobody who ain't afraid of contact, who is an offensive threat.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 2, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

kevenjones

I am not trying to hate on him just to hate. I hope he does well. I am a Wizards' fan. I hope my concerns are dispelled one day. All I am saying is that people who are not at all concerned so far are drinking a little bit of the kool-aid. Also, as far as what I am looking at....ummmm, they're called NBA stats, but if you want to get technical with efficiency ratings, ESPN Hollinger's efficiency rating scale has him at 15.14 and the 132nd player in the league and the 30th rated point guard.

Posted by: cnoll | February 2, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

And on Nick Young (from: http://espn.go.com/nba/notebook/_/page/Awards-110201/nba-awards-watch)

Most Improved Player Of The Year Watch

By Maurice Brooks | ESPN.com

1. Kevin Love, Timberwolves: His shooting percentages are outstanding, he averages over 20 points per game and he is a rebounding machine. Tell me again, why the K-Love fan club isn't filled to capacity?

2. LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers: I'm fully aware of the abundance of quality forwards there are in the West, but right now, few, if any are playing on the level of Aldridge.

3. Raymond Felton, Knicks: If all you did was read articles online instead of actually watching New York play, you would think that Amare got things turned around for the franchise by himself. Mr. Felton has done more than his part.

4. Jrue Holiday, Sixers: It may be time for Philly fans to pull their Sixers' jerseys out of storage. The team has won four of five and with Holiday running the show, they are watchable again.

5. Nick Young, Wizards: Yes, Young's minutes are up giving him a chance to inflate his stats, but it has been interesting watching him transform from role player to No. 1 scoring option.

Posted by: nmik | February 2, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cnoll | February 2, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I've always liked and rooted for Gil, but it's time to move on.

Posted by: doogiex | February 2, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@cnoll,

You don't really want to go to ESPN for anything other than highlights. That PER was developed as a marketing tool.

Problems With PER:

PER largely measures offensive performance. Hollinger freely admits that two of the defensive statistics it incorporates -- blocks and steals -- can produce a distorted picture of a player's value and that PER is not a reliable measure of a player's defensive acumen. For example, Bruce Bowen, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the NBA (at least through the 2006-07 season), has routinely posted single-digit PERs.

"Bear in mind that this rating is not the final, once-and-for-all answer for a player's accomplishments during the season. This is especially true for players such as Bruce Bowen and Trenton Hassell who are defensive specialists but don't get many blocks or steals."

Neither PER nor per-game statistics take into account such intangible elements as competitive drive, leadership, durability, conditioning, hustle, or WIM (wanting it more), largely because there is no real way to quantitatively measure these things.

In addition, some have argued that PER gives undue weight to a player's contribution in limited minutes, or against a team's second unit, and it undervalues players who have enough diversity in their game to play starter's minutes.

Lastly, PER rewards inefficient shooting. To quote Dave Berri, the author of The Wages of Wins:

"Hollinger argues that each two point field goal made is worth about 1.65 points. A three point field goal made is worth 2.65 points. A missed field goal, though, costs a team 0.72 points. Given these values, with a bit of math we can show that a player will break even on his two point field goal attempts if he hits on 30.4% of these shots. On three pointers the break-even point is 21.4%. If a player exceeds these thresholds, and virtually every NBA player does so with respect to two-point shots, the more he shoots the higher his value in PERs. So a player can be an inefficient scorer and simply inflate his value by taking a large number of shots."

Problems with PER Projections

The projections are built by looking at comparable players at the same age and how their stats changed in the following season. For players in most age brackets, this is extremely reliable, but there have been so few players to turn pro out of high school in the past two decades that there is a very small sample to work with. While some players who have come out of high school have shown a lot of promise in their future years, many have floundered and never quite reached their full potential.

Posted by: kevenjones | February 2, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

People are now referring to Gilbert's knee condition as arthritis. His most recent complaint is that cabin pressure on airplanes and the cold weather in Orlando (though it was still 70+ degrees the night he sat out) make his knee bad.

I am thankful for what Gilbert did here before Gerald Wallace fell on his knee. But he can't take anyone off the dribble anymore. He takes a half hour to get the ball up court. He shoots a lot of threes, just like he used to, but he can't make more than 2 a game.

Bottom Line: He'll be lucky if he's even able to play beyond this year. I'm happy his paychecks are no longer our concern.

Posted by: NWDC3 | February 2, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

PUHLEAZE!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think it's kind of a moot point, because Gilbert would probably jump off a high bridge before he would come back to play for the Wizards again.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | February 2, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse


Miss Gil and the excitement he brought early as a Wiz fan. I wish and hope he gets back to himself mentally, and physically on the court.

This is not an excuse because the Wiz have a lot to work on but some things are out of the Wizards control... mainly the way the refs call the game. Even when Gil was here at the beginning of last year and this year, he was not getting the calls when he was going to the basket. The Wizards are a young team that makes a lot of mistakes but the non calls for our team are ridiculous and I know we are not good. But dam, we need to be able to call our own fouls on the court. Countless times other teams are going to the foul line and they weren't even fouled. The opposing players can't even console their smirks. Pay attention to this especially at crunch time.

Gil's time here was done. He needed to leave for himself to resurrect his career. Unfortunatley, it want happen unless Jameer gets hurt.Gil probably want ever be the player he was. The trade was a business move to clear cap space so I'm cool with it

John Wall is a rookie. His jump shot will definitely get better and when it does...unstoppable. He's struggling because he's used to being faster than everyone else on the court.

Jump shot will be here next year. I just hope he adds free up moves(i.e., stepback) also.

Posted by: JWADE4 | February 2, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This jump ball feature is the most inane thing ever posted on the Insider. Don't you "Washington Editors" have anything better to do than to create faux controversies?

Posted by: zinger1 | February 2, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hell no to Arenas. Most over rated player ever

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 2, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

No to Gilbert's return. He's barely a shadow of himself as a player, but his capacity to disrupt locker room is unimpaired, as is his general lack of integrity.

Posted by: DoubleEagle1 | February 2, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The only way Gilby would be welcome back is if he changed his contract to about $3.5 mil/year.

In any regard, if you check the link below, he seems happy to have skipped town.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2011/01/rs-_arenas_1.html

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 2, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no.

On Arenas's side he's probably happy with the move for now -- he'll get a shot at contributing to a veteran team attempting to make a championship run.

It hard to see him returning to the same level of play that he was at before his injuries. It's a step in the right direction to get rid of his contract, and Lewis has been a nice addition -- he's a better fit in terms of skills, talent, and temperament for where the team is now.

Arenas gave some great memories -- so no disrespect intended. But for where he's at in his career, and where the Wizards are at as an organization, it was and it still appears to be the right move for this organization.

Posted by: JPRS | February 2, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011
Jump ball: Would you rather have Arenas back?
By Washington Post editors

With the Wizards mired in a six-game losing streak and heading toward record-setting futility on the road, have things gotten so depressing that fans would rather turn back the clock? Commenter bosshog7169 suggests just such a scenario:

Indisputable fact: if Gil was on this team he would have willed us to get lucky and win a road game. Not saying it was a horrible trade getting rid of his inflated contract, but Rashard's isn't much better and he is playing like a bum. I'd rather see the Gil X factor on the court if we're going to be horrible. At least that way it wouldn't be so boring watching the Wiz pretend to play basketball.

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By Washington Post editors | February 2, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
Categories: Gilbert Arenas

Awesome! I wish I had checked this yesterday. You the man Michael Lee! I can't believe you quoted my hyperbolic statement. I know Gil has been playing badly in Orlando, but I feel like he would be playing better if he was still here. I think going to Orlando was the final blow to his confidence and he is really playing scared now. I stand by my statement that we definitely would have won one by now and the games would be more entertaining to watch. Say what you will about Gil, but at least he cares about winning and is fun to watch. I don't see that from the players on this team with the exception of Booker and Wall and perhaps a couple others.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | February 3, 2011 5:09 AM | Report abuse

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