Last time we saw Gilbert Arenas he was playing a reserve role with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012. Since then, his career seemed to be over after the only action he’s had around the league has been a tryout with the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason.
After playing 11 years in the NBA, seven with the Washington Wizards, Arenas’ playing days were over. The brief stints with the Orlando Magic and Grizzlies weren’t his best days as a pro and he wasn’t heard from much again after that. According to news recently out of Bleacher Report, though, Arenas is planning a comeback.
“All they would have to do is give me an opportunity to perform in front of them. You know, I’m a gamer. I work hard. If I’m going to come to your team, or try out for your team, I’m going to give you my all. That’s what I did [when I played],” Arenas said.
“If you take away the last few years, from my last year in Washington, and you think about my career, there was nothing but hard work. I was in the gym three or four times a day, working on my skills. If we lost a game, and I thought I played bad, I’m staying in the gym to keep shooting. That’s what I did. That’s what I was known for: I was a gym rat.”
So, what teams could use Arenas at this point? Here’s what he had to say:
“I know the Knicks—I’ve watched them. They need a lot of help; they need scoring. ‘Melo [Carmelo Anthony] needs an outlet. Someone who can just put the ball in the basket and take the pressure off him.”
He has a point there.
“I [also] called Jason Kidd before the season and said ‘Listen, I feel that I can be better than some of the players you’re going to have.’ But they were already stacked to the brim. I thought I would’ve been great coming off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets.”
Listen, you don’t want any part of the Nets right now. Trust me.
“With Derrick Rose being down, Chicago could use some more scoring. They’re struggling a little bit,” he hinted. “I guess the Lakers, with Steve Nash out. I think I could’ve made that squad, because that’s who I was working out with before training camp started. I was playing pretty well there. But they had 15 players so…”
Interesting perspective there from Arenas, I’d say. I wouldn’t let him go to Brooklyn if I had any part in it; that’d be just fuel to the fire that is the disaster they’ve endured. The New York Knicks? I’m not sure they need another distraction either. Then there’s the Chicago Bulls. Would he survive a day with Tom Thibodeau?
Arenas seemed to take a shot at the Lakers with his expression of not making the team, but I’m not too sure exactly where he would have fit in. What I do know, is that he is legitimately planning a comeback and I would not be surprised to see him back on the court in 2013. He can’t be that old to where he at least couldn’t hit a few jumpers, can he?