First off, I'm not a Celtics fan, and I'm not jumping on their bandwagon. But Gilbert Arenas deserved the criticism that he got for the comments he made on his blog.
He wrote "You might as well just cheer for me, because Boston isn't winning in Boston for the season opener. I'm sorry." Then, after the Wizards' season opening loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, he said to a reporter and on his blog that he wasn't making a prediction on the outcome of the game.
I like Arenas and his personality, but it's too bad that he can't just edit or delete his blog post on NBA.com and everyone will forget about what he said. Even if he did do that, I would still be writing this blog post, and people would still be talking about it.
Fine, anyone can cheer for him anytime they want; he deserves praise. He can hit a buzzer-beating three to send the game against the Pacers into overtime and score 34 points in that game. Apparently, that isn't enough to make his team win, as they lost the game, 119-110. The Wizards have lost their first three games by an average of 14 points per game, including the Celtics game by 20. The Celtics Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce scored 67 points. The Wizards three best players, Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler, scored a total of 49 points. I have a lot of respect for Arenas, Jamison, and Butler, but they're no competition with Garnett, Allen, and Pierce.
When his team can't help him win, then he can't say that they'll win, which, by the way, is the definition of a prediction.