Was there ever a more over-hyped player in the NBA than the Washington Wizards‘ Gilbert Arenas ? The self proclaimed ‘Agent Zero’ has been very much that for a franchise that has paid him well over the past few years. And in return the dividends yielded have been meager. Say what you will but to my mind the player has outstayed his welcome in DC. Others may well feel and think somewhat differently.
Seemingly non peturbed with the fact that he’s only had to play 15 games for the franchise over the past two seasons due to injury and repeated surgical operations to repair damaged knee ligaments – the removal of scar tissue. Arenas is said to be of the opinion that he can rediscover the form that made him one the game’s most prolific and productive scorers.
Arenas at his very best , seen here in December of 2006 , he put up 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the meantime the franchise hasn’t shown a competitive presence in the league. Never-mind the fact that they’ve had to languish within the Southeastern Division of the Eastern Conference of the NBA. There resides conference champions , the Orlando Magic , alongsides the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and the Miami Heat .
Coming off a desperately poor season from 2008-09 , wherein the team posted a 19-63 record over the regular season , last within their divsion. A record which they shared jointly with the Los Angeles Clippers. But it was by no means the worst in the NBA. As that dubious distinction went to the Sacramento Kings who posted a mark of 17-65 for the season. But since when did being competitive matter to the NBA ? Commissioner David Stern has made it more of a point to hype up the personalities of the marquee players of the NBA. Rather than seemingly marketing the teams as a brand in large part of being their product. So for all sense and purpose the failings of franchise aren’t always brought to the fore. Not unless it highlights one the league’s elite players .
As to what awaits Arenas this season , there’s not really much that one can expect from the team. Other than seasoned veterans such as Caron Butler , Antawn Jamison, Mike James , Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood . There isn’t much on the Wizards’ roster to suggest that they pose a serious threat to the supremacy of the Orlando Magic , Clevleand Cavaliers or Boston Celtics within the Eastern Conference. Much less be taken as a serious threat to the rest of the NBA. This in essence is an aging roster whose window of opportunity has long since closed. And even if they do have an experienced coach in the guise of Flip Saunders to guide them. It’s hard to see this team as being able to acquit themselves with a great deal of presence and authority to begin with.
Arenas has a lot to prove. Not only to himself but also to his teammates , the Wizards’ fans as well as the rest of the NBA. Far too long the players has marched to the beat of his own drum and singing his own praise along the way. Without in effect have anything tangible by way of success to show for it all. It begs the question what will Agent Zero now do for that grand finale as he embarks on the twilight of his career ? There’s but one not so big paycheck out there left for him to make. So what’s up next for Gilbert Arenas aka ‘Agent Zero ‘ ? If it ain’t about him then who’s it going to be about – his teammates ? I think not !
There’s no I ….in team and there’s obviously I in we . So one can surmise that it’s going to be about ‘me’ …….as in Gilbert Arenas .
Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :
By Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo Sports Writer
RICHMOND, Va. – Back in the summer, Gilbert Arenas(notes) had rediscovered his old game as these young, earnest NBA guards begged for him to unleash his old act, too. The shots were dropping out of the sky inside a Chicago gymnasium and witnesses watched the uninitiated players desperate for the full treatment.
They barked “Agent Zero” and “Hibachi” and wanted to see the cartoon character come alive. Only, Arenas refused to play the part anymore.
Three knee surgeries limited Gilbert Arenas to playing only 15 games the past two seasons.
Perhaps Arenas is too sheepish to bring all that back until his greatness, until his knee, has shown staying power again. Through training camp and one preseason game, through word and deed, this has been the calculated presence of a man with an impulsive past. Three years ago, Arenas never stopped shooting and never stopped talking. An improbable rise out of nowhere had elevated on the precision of a peerless jump shot and the power of a peculiar persona.
“Just straight Gil,” Tim Grover remembered Arenas telling them in his gym.
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If there’s a better song that best describes Arenas . Then it’d have to be Mya’s sexual suggestive song ….. ” It’s All About Me ” Doubt my word ? It’s always been about Arenas …… on or off the court !