Despite his currently introspective demeanor, Gilbert Arenas is always good for some interesting quotes. After the Wizards beat the Mavs on Tuesday, he delivered some comments that were immediately misconstrued.
“Right now I’m out there to hit open shots, teach John the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on — on my way,” Arenas said. “This is the NBA. There’s few players that stay in the same city, so right now the city is John’s. I’m not here to fight anybody. I’m here to play alongside of him.”
“He’s Batman, I’m Robin,” Arenas said. “When I came in, Larry [Hughes] moved aside for me to become a star, and I’m moving aside for [Wall] to become a star.”
“I lost all feeling a long time ago,” he said. “Basketball is basketball now, no matter what floor I’m on.”
Arenas later clarified his comments and stated that he meant once his current deal expires in four year, he will likely move on. Considering Gilbert would be 32 at the point, I don’t think such a statement seems so outlandish.
Gil needs to watch what he says carefully, because the media will be looking for him to say something that will get him in hot water quickly. His comments weren’t necessary, but they weren’t wrong. This is John Wall’s team now. And quite frankly, I had no problem with how Arenas played in the preseason opener–in fact, I thought he did pretty well.