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Leonsis likes backcourt with 'authentic, warm' Arenas

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08:11 AM ET 07.21 | Ted Leonsis went on the record early as saying he would not judge Gilbert Arenas, and meeting the guard has done nothing to change his support. "Obviously our franchise player is Gilbert Arenas: he's been injured for a couple of years, and he was suspended last year. I've reached out to Gilbert and I find Gilbert to be a very authentic, warm, nice guy. And he's certainly a very talented player, and we're gonna be in it together. I have his back, and he's been working out really really hard over the summer. We will have a good professional relationship. He knows what we're trying to build and he wants to be a part of it." ... [Leonsis] repeated his contention that the Wizards will have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. He also said Gilbert's role will change for the better. "I think John Wall will add years to Gilbert's career," he said. "He'll lug the ball up, he'll run. Gilbert is a great shooter, Gilbert goes hard to the rim. ... John has great physicality and off the chart basketball IQ, and great players want to play with great players."

The Washington Post

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July 21, 2010  08:57 AM ET

First!!!!!

July 21, 2010  08:58 AM ET

As was stated last year several times by other posters as well - Agent zero needs to S T F U , stop the twitter nonsense, fooling around and get to business.

Good luck D.C.

July 21, 2010  09:17 AM ET

Arenas is gonna play some poker with Wall and shows him his guns

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July 21, 2010  09:24 AM ET

Its a great thing when you're fresh off of suspension and your owner expresses that "he's got your back". wall arenas will be potent offesively, but will struggle to contain most two guards....

July 21, 2010  09:27 AM ET

Gilbert is more of a shooting guard than a point guard anyway. This could work. If not, they should trade him to Toranto or Cleveland. Both teams have a large trade exception.

July 21, 2010  09:36 AM ET
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Gilbert is more of a shooting guard than a point guard anyway. This could work. If not, they should trade him to Toranto or Cleveland. Both teams have a large trade exception.

Convention sides with you...but Gil can score if they can somehow cross defend (with wall guarding the bigger guard ) they can be competitive, middle of the pack, almost in the hunt for the 8th spot team

July 21, 2010  09:44 AM ET
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Convention sides with you...but Gil can score if they can somehow cross defend (with wall guarding the bigger guard ) they can be competitive, middle of the pack, almost in the hunt for the 8th spot team

Gil at the 2 means easy penetration... Delonte where you at?

July 21, 2010  09:57 AM ET

Check your weapons at the door, Bro.

July 21, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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Check your weapons at the door, Bro.

Funny! I agree that this works for the Wiz. I know that folks are going to crucify GA, but he will be fine. He's not as stupid as people think. Immature, yes...ignorant, absolutely, but not stupid and I think people will see that this year. Health is the biggest issue for him, and I'm actually pulling for him. I'm a gun lover, but I grew up around them and reverence for firearms is taught. Facination with guns is influenced by all sorts of popular media and you are going to have young folks who buy weapons who were not taught to have that respect for guns who will continue to make these types of mistakes. Some will be stupid and not learn, but somehow I don't think GA is one of those folks...only time will tell though!

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July 21, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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he has played his whole career as a PG- guys don't simply switch positions with ease-he also has played a handful of games over the last few yearsand will be forced to guard bigger guys- - I mean it's not like they will be bunking heads- and Wash isgoing nowhere anyway- but - I really don't see this working

neither do I, Gilbert needs the ball in his hands as much as any player I have seem, and with Wall an Gilbert in the backcourt will they be able to guard anyone? my guess is no.

July 21, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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I find Gilbert to be a very authentic, warm, nice guyseriously- I know you have to say nice things, but really ?I mean do you think us fans are complete morons ?he THREATENED a teammate with guns....he has been a diva of EPIC proportions prior to that with histweeting and such.....he's coming off a suspension ....OF COURSE he's going to be on his best behavior now-

better late (Arenas, Randolph) than never (Sprewell, Rider)

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July 21, 2010  11:14 AM ET

Gilbert's contract keeps him in DC. The Wizards have no choice but to try and make this work. Arenas will probably be better at the 2 anyway.

July 21, 2010  11:32 AM ET
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Gilbert's contract keeps him in DC. The Wizards have no choice but to try and make this work. Arenas will probably be better at the 2 anyway.

Yes - Arenas will get his points in the arena but what does that mean to overall team success? It's been proven time and time again that you can't send a point guard to do a shooting guard's job. Look how Cleveland's permeter got shredded with Mo, Gibson, Delonter & Parker, Steve Francis and Marbury, Rose and Kirk... it just don't work.

The prudent thing to do will be to have Gilbert come off the bench as he can't defend traditional 6'5''/6'6'' shooting guards. Plus he'll be in Wall's way if you play both on the court at the same time.

The owner definitely doesn't know basketball if he thinks Gib and Wall will mesh. Then you look at their coaching and there's flip who's basically a yessman. Then there's Grundfield who picked up Kirk Heinrich despite having Wall and untradable Arenas. Washington is now the new Golden State Warriors... More trouble in DC... yikes!

July 21, 2010  11:36 AM ET

Having Arenas in Washington may only hurt Wall. He may surprise everyone but I don't think he has learned his lesson yet. IMO Wall would have been better off going to NJ.

 
July 21, 2010  11:38 AM ET

LOL, this story is truly revolutionary. Gilbert had better be authentic, warm, and nice after what he did last year.

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