Passing Up On Gilbert Arenas Was The Right Move By Jason Kidd

By Mike B. Ruiz
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With all the dysfunction that’s found the Brooklyn Nets in the early part of the 2013-14 season, it’s hard to imagine things being any worse. But thankfully for the organization’s sake, head coach Jason Kidd avoided that scenario by not taking the leap of faith Gilbert Arenas offered him over the offseason.

“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,’” Arenas recently told Bleacher Report. “But they were already stacked to the brim. I thought I would’ve been great coming off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets.”

In retrospect, it probably would’ve been easy for Kidd to cut a Tornike Shengelia in favor of adding the infamous former “Agent Zero,” but Nets fans are likely counting their blessings after discovering that Kidd chose not to go that route.

It isn’t hard to remember some of the impressive moments Arenas had in his days with the Washington Wizards, but the second he had his handgun-in-the-locker-room moment, everything went downhill for him faster than those kids watching the Little League World Series who slide down the hills on a piece of cardboard. And as unfortunate as it is to admit that that incident will always be the first thing to come to mind whenever Arenas’ name re-enters the NBA stratosphere, that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

Maybe he could’ve been a decent player after taking some time off following his short stint with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012. He is only 31, but that fact renders itself irrelevant after understanding the truth about him.

Arenas can be pure toxic to a locker room. Even after the handful of years that have passed since the gun incident, the way that situation unfolded was so disheartening that the risk of adding a rotten egg like that to a roster isn’t worth entertaining in the slightest capacity.

This is one of the main reasons why Kidd said thanks but no thanks, and that had to be one of the smartest decisions he’s made all year.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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