Bibby looks weird as hell with that hair.
But no, the Wizards being mediocre has to be Arenas's fault somehow, right?
You just don't like him and it's obviously clouding your judgement.
He's one of the best players in the NBA and without him the Wiz would probably fighting with the 76ers for Oden.
If there was an extra player in the deal, it was probably Garcia. He probably would've been great for us...can shoot, steal the ball, block shots for a 2.
Even as I type this, I'm reading this headline on ESPN:
Arenas' 54 help Wizards stop Suns' streak at 15
That "90% hype" dude just dropped 54 to stop the league's hottest and possibly best team, and he did it *in* Phoenix. He dropped 60 against that Kobe-led Laker team less than a week ago.
I'm not saying Gilbert Arenas is God, but I don't think he's overhyped. The dude can take over games. He's only 24.
I think the difference between LA and Washington might have something to do with COACHING too.
It's not like Kobe and cast ripped it up without Phil there.
If you saw the Phoenix game then you saw it wasn't just total points either. Down 3 with time getting low Arenas drove right at MARION, one of the NBA's stronger defenders, hit a high-arcing layup and drew the foul. Hit the FT to tie the game.
That's why it went to OT. Dude was the mack. He didn't chuck the 3 and pray, he attacked smartly and made it happen.
He does shoot a lot and is Kobe/AI/T-Mac in that regard, something that bugs me most of the time unless a guy truly has it going and has earned FGAs 18-30 with the quality of the first 17 attempts. But like Kobe Arenas is helping his team win some games along the way.
He did just beat 2 of the elite West teams and ON THE ROAD no less. He put up 60 and 54 in those wins even. Sorry Quis, but the "they are nothing in the East" arguement falls flat when the Wiz go out West and put losses on teams with probably the 2 best guards in the NBA on their rosters (Kobe and Nash).
If that doesn't count for something I don't know what does. It's not just points, it's wins to go with it.
BTW, it's still early of course, but right now Arenas has a better Adj FG% (to include bonus for 3p makes) and a better Points per Shot (3's and FTs drawn) than T-Mac EVER did. T-Mac's best year (02-03 Orlando) comes up slightly short on both those numbers. In just about all his other seasons both numbers are actually much lower (.509 adjust for GA, T-Mac typically .450 adjusted...1.34 PPS to typical T-Mac 1.19 or so)
Now here's the kicker. LAST YEAR ARENAS SHOT BETTER! Freaking 1.40 PPS (that's elite) and .507 adjusted. Arenas' worst Adj FG% runs higher than almost every T-Mac season.
This year isn't a fluke, GA is a much better, more efficient scorer than T-Mac, and not just T-Mac from this year either. Oh, and kick in 6 assists per game to go with it. I changed my mind, Danny, Jack, Tins and Foster for GA, make it happen.
All I can do at this point is give everyone my word concerning the conversation I had with Kevin Martin's relatives. I always have, and still remain convinced that he was part of the initial deal. It would take a lot to change my mind after the discussion I had with his family.
That's fine. We will just have to agree to disagree.
The woman just knew way too much about Kevin on a personal level, and the kid looked way too similar to Kevin for me to think otherwise. The Mom was extremely genuine and sincere in her words, and I found it odd for a young boy to be decked out in Kevin Martin gear from the get-go.
Just as you don't know the "relatives" I met; I don't know the "relatives" you spoke to (which is what keeps us from coming to terms on a mutual conclusion). Of course this Mom and her young boy could be "impostors", but that just seems even more illogical from my point of view after the experience that I had.
I'll be glad to send you a PM about this, rcarey. I removed my post ...
NBA basketball - taking my breath away since 1963.
And you can be sure that the Minny game didn't change my mind.
What, do we have to throw in Powell and Shawne too? Okay, make it happen still.
They sure could have used GA driving to the basket for a real "and one" (not just where you say it and then miss the layup with no foul) late in the Minny game.
I wouldn't give up Gil for LBJ. Or Melo.
But maybe Jeffries
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First of all I love GA but I did not want him to come here when Mo-Ron wanted to be traded. Gill is a good player, but unless we move a lot of our team he would not fit in.
Also, I have no clue where the notion came from that he is a "1", but that is simply wrong. Gill can set up his teammates, but he is a much more effective "scorer" then he is as a "1" setting his teammates up.
As for not trading Gill for LBJ I seriously hope you are joking....
Watching Sacramento makes me sick too.... but not for the same reason its making you sick
Gill is a great offensive player, but I dont even see him as a decent defender.
He is a great slasher and he does have a nice shot, but I am not sure about him being "clutch".
I also dont think he gets his teammates involved nearly enough, which is one issue we did not need with all the other crap we had going on.
LMAO You wouldnt have traded Ron for Gilbert? OMG ICB. I would have traded Ron,Tins,Jack,Harrison,1st round pick,and My car all for Gilbert.
How does he not fit in with this team? We go into scoring droughts because no one on our team can get to the basket and score consistently. He can hit the 3 with the best of them, when he wants to he can get his teammates involved also. He isnt a good defender because he plays on a team with Antwan Jamison on it, the worst defender in the NBA. If he had a shot blocker like JO behind him, he would look much better.
LOL Doesnt fit in with this team.
Robertmto- I get the memo, you hate Lebron. That's great. Im sorry Gill choked last year(and the NBA does not call travels). If you really want to tell me you would not trade Gill for LBJ then there is nothing I can tell you, except that I think that is the craziest thing I have heard all day (and that is saying something, since today at work a young lady tried to convince me, mind you she was 110% serious, that strip clubs are illigal in the United States)
Rexnom- It is great to be able to post when I get a chance. While I still have the cold I caught while in Indy, it was great meeting a few of the guys and it forced me to get back into posting here. I am glad I have done so, as I enjoy most all of the discussions that take place here.
As for Gill, just different strokes for different folks. I have nothing but respect for his game, I just dont see him as quite the amaing player alot of people around here does. Sure he has done a lot, but look what he has to work with. If he doesnt score who is going to?
Jermaniac- Watch 3 full seasons of him, talk to some of his teammates (although I admit you can get me on that because Blatche was a rookie last year and he didnt quite fit in with many people) and you will see Gill liek to dominate the ball and at times I see him as a selfish player. You say when he wants to he can get his teammates in vovled, but all to often I feel like he doesnt want to, and he would rather just take over a game by himself. Add to the fact he is a decent defender and I dont consider him all that clutch, sorry, I would not have done it. As for his defense, you have a point. The Wizards defense is sorry, but even with a great big man Gill would still get killed by the speedy guards, but Ill give you that. He could, and probably would look good with good help behind him
Would he have helped this team? Probably. Did I think Ron was better then him? Yes, and I still do. Difference is Gill is mentally stable, Ron is not. Being mentally stable can do wonders for you in this league
We don;t need the actual JO - we need somebody like Dikembe, Tyson Chandler, **** it even Maceo - lol
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