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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.
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:06 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Orlando will upset Chicago in Round 2, see you here in 2 weeks.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:48 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

You have a superstar like Dwight Howard, and some other good position players, yet the Magic always seem to struggle come playoff time.
That's a tough statement to make when the Magic were in the Finals 2 years ago and the Eastern Conference Finals last year.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:42 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

I believe Van Gundy is challenging his team to play better but he wasnt always the best coach motavator as for gilbert he is just a fillin player until redick, anderson and richardson fall into a slump like any former allstars you need minutes to be productive in this league.




Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:49 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

I don't watch the NBA very much and I have seen the Magic a few times. They always seem a little out of sync to me. If you have a Gilbert Arenas on your basketball team, he has to have some value. Are you suggesting he doesn't care? Is he in the coaches doghouse. I never liked Stan VanGundy, so I don't want to be biased here, but he always seems to be clueless come playoff time. You have a superstar like Dwight Howard, and some other good position players, yet the Magic always seem to struggle come playoff time.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:17 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

Van Gundy has a habit of developing schemes that don't work.  It's extremely obvious the Magic's game plan is not designed around the skills of their players, but based around Van Gundy.  There is no doubt that when the Magic falter in the playoffs again, they need to look for a new coach and new direction.  I haven't been able to see a lot of Magic games, but with a guy who can shoot and create like Arenas, I'm surprised there hasn't been a way to get him a major role on this team.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:37 pm
 

The sad state of Gilbert Arenas

I truly have no bias for Arenas, Van Gundy, the Magic, etc. I really have to lean towards the opinion that: the coach isn't using him correctly. The other option is that Arenas has had a massive deterioration of skills over just a season or so. That rarely, if ever, happens. 


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