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The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:58 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



Oh, Gilbert Arenas. You were supposed to be The Difference. You were supposed to be that go-to scorer the Magic could rely upon to spare Dwight Howard in crucial moments. You were supposed to be a lot of things when general manager Otis Smith traded for you in December.

One thing you most definitely were not supposed to be? A third string point guard.

And that's where Arenas currently sits on the Magic depth chart via the Orlando Sentinel.

Van Gundy used SF Hedo Turkoglu as the team’s backup point guard during the second half on Tuesday.

“I don’t know what we’re doing,” Van Gundy said. “I haven’t decided exactly what we’re doing. I know Jameer’s going to play a lot of minutes. I know we’re going to use J.J. [Redick off the bench], I know we’re going to use Q[uentin Richardson] and I know we’re going to use Ryan [Anderson].

“As far as what we do at the backup point, I’m not totally sure.”

I like Van Gundy's move there. Play stupid. I have no idea what I am doing with this situation. But I will show you in how I distribute minutes, so in fact, I do know. Total, Arenas has played 18 minutes in this series and is 3-8 from the floor. He played only six minutes in Game 2. Like I said, I think that sort of tells you what the Magic are doing with him.

Good news though: Arenas is just owed $62 million over the next three years. Well, I guess that's actually very bad news. But it was obvious when Otis Smith pulled this deal that he was desperate to pull out all the stops. Getting Jason Richardson and Turkoglu has worked relatively well, but Arenas has been pretty much a disaster.

I think he still has a lot of skill, but he just has no clue how he's supposed to play. He just doesn't seem to comprehend a role where he doesn't have the green light to launch from 30 feet. Arenas is a terrific scorer and someone that could absolutely put the Magic over the top. That is, if he could rediscover his game and play like the Gilbert from 2005.

That doesn't appear to be happening and Van Gundy sees it more than anyone. Arenas isn't scoring, he isn't creating and he isn't defending. So Van Gundy has to pull the plug on it. Arenas will still see minutes, but not too many teams are comfortable paying a third stringer $20 million a year. It was said at the time of the deal that the move for Arenas was high risk, high reward. So far, not a lot of reward.
Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:37 am
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

You need to read up on Gil.
He is mentally fragile, and has not had a istory of being willing to commit to D. When he does it tends to wear him down, and his decision making suffers.

I like gil, i wish he could figure it out, but it's not been that rapid a fall... he has been injured a lot, and it remains to be seen if he can regain his form.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:00 am
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

What did they expect, the guy has been injured for what? 3 years? suspended for a good part of another season? This era of The Magic is going to be looked upon as a failure, and a missed oppurtunity...as a team there a failure (on the court) Couldn't get it done in the Penny / Shaq era , nor could they do it with McGrady in the fold, and they can't do it now with a dominant big man...Why would Howard want to stay there? The roster is failing + aging..good luck with that.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:53 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

I think the problem is Howard is too good for his own team. He need's a dominate PG to offset the focus. Nelson, Gilbert, or even Reddick do not command the kind of respect to offset anything Howard does. It doesn't help that Van Gundy seems to be throwing various schemes on the proverbial wall to see what sticks.



Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:32 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

What happened to Agent 0.  Gilbert use to be pretty good. Is it all the injurys the last couple season or was he just a one hit wonder. The Magic just looked lost out there. Besides Howard and Neslon the rest of the team is useless. I think Atlanta will beat the Magic.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:48 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

You forgot Orlando has to actually beat ATL first.  When Howard is gone after next year that Orlando thing is going to be hot garbage.  Worse than Cleveland this year.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:39 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Van Gundy needs to let go of his little man crush with Jameer and give Gilbert a shot a starting. What has Jameer done so far in his career?????



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:13 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

What will Chicago do with Howard Hansbourough is killing them down low. Don't act like Chicago is untouchable, because this Pacers series shows us that they are very vulnerable. A team below .500 is playing them tight.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:45 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Arenas// Nelson.... Turkglu... are these guys really NBA basektball players.....yikes.. the sorry state of this league... strike strike.. lockout....lockout... these guys ain;t getting any younger.....



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:49 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

AHAHAHA!  Upset Chicago!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:08 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

It was a terrible move when they made it and it's somehow gotten worse. Why is no one panning Otis Smith for this jewel?


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