Friday, January 26, 2007

Here's the Problem I Still Have with Arenas

So Arenas' comment is only gaining more attention, along with the additional statement that he'd sit out an NBA season to play against Duke. The latter of which reminded me that, you know what, he did sit out an NBA season to play against Duke -- it was called his freshman year at Arizona. And you know what happened? In the biggest game of his career, he shot 4-of-17 and scored 10 points, and his team lost a national championship. Ironic?

6 comments:

The Franchise said...

The problem with sports fans is our lack of vision. Just think at the TV ratings ABC would get as people tuned in to watch an angry Agent Zero go 1-on-5 with the Blue Devils! You could probably put it up against Lost or 24 and it would hang in there. Plus, the money Arenas would have made during the season he'd be sitting out can be donated to charity or something. It's a rare win-win-win situation.

Just please let it not be against this year's Duke team, because I'd be scared that Gil would... you know, win...

vwz said...

Obviously, Agent Zero isn't completely serious about his boast... But you could see why he's mad; the powers that be - including K, D'Antoni and McMillan - picked two combo guards, Joe Johnson and Kirk Hinrich, over Agent Zero. I still have not heard a good justification for pick either over my man Zero. This snub is as inexplicable as giving Steve Wojciechowski playing time over William Avery... Oh wait, that happened too...

And the other thing is that the 2007 version of Agent Zero is a much much better player than Zero, circa 2001.

The Franchise said...

Everyone and their mom knows the big weakness of the last two Team USA's was their lack of reliable outside shooting, which is why lots of people were clamoring for Michael Redd. But Agent Zero shoots threes at a higher percentage than Redd while attempting about 2.5 more per game. It's boderline inexcusable not to have him on the team.

Head Dude said...

But now I don't think you put him on the team, especially if you get Kobe. I agree we need outside shooting, but at some point a player has to realize the Olympics aren't about them, but about the whole team. Arenas is clearly putting himself above all else, and as much as he's run his mouth, if I'm Colangelo, I just give him a big f-you.
And of course Arenas is better now than as a college freshman -- the point is the irony of the fact his biggest game as an athlete came against Duke, and he blew it.
I do agree on the tv ratings though. I'd certainly watch, and even pay to watch, and just hope Duke has Henderson and Thomas shadow him all game.

Anonymous said...

If Team USA wants to lose in the second round of the playoffs, I say then we add Gilbert.

--BK

The Franchise said...

Joel, I don't disagree with what you're saying, but then how to explain how badly they wanted Amare on the team even though by all accounts he is a very me-first player and (though he's a beast) doesn't have a game particularly suited to international competition? My frustration about USA basketball is ongoing, because despite the progress made by the rest of the world, we have the pieces to win if only someone would assemble them correctly...