Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas turns 32 years old next month. He’s has undergone several knee surgeries, including a microfracture procedure on his left knee, and he has not played in the NBA since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 term. In his final five seasons in the NBA, totaling 134 games due to injury and suspension, he shot just 38.7 percent from the field. He has not been on anyone’s radar as a potential injury replacement during either of the last two NBA training camps.
That doesn’t mean Arenas has ruled out an NBA return, or that he thinks his time on stage is over. Once he’s done developing some sweet-ass apps, though.
Bleacher Report: Is there anything else you see yourself pursuing down the line, in or outside the game of basketball?
Gilbert Arenas: Yeah, right now I'm just developing apps. Next summer, I'm going to train really hard and then try to make a team. I'm going to try to come back.
OK, so next summer he’ll try to come back. Can’t do it this year, too many apps to develop.
Because Bleacher Report is Bleacher Report, and Gilbert Arenas is Gilbert Arenas, they then decided to address his potential prospects with the most famous teams in the NBA. Weirdly, Tim Tebow and Kate Upton were left out of the discussion:
B/R: Do you think there is any NBA team in particular right now that could really use you and what you would bring?
GA: I know the Knicks—I've watched them. They need a lot of help; they need scoring. 'Melo [Carmelo Anthony] needs an outlet. Someone who can just put the ball in the basket and take the pressure off him.
I [also] called Jason Kidd before the season and said 'Listen, I feel that I can be better than some of the players you're going to have.' But they were already stacked to the brim. I thought I would've been great coming off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets.
With Derrick Rose being down, Chicago could use some more scoring. They're struggling a little bit.
I guess the Lakers, with Steve Nash out. I think I could've made that squad, because that's who I was working out with before training camp started. I was playing pretty well there. But they had 15 players, so...
No word on if the 76ers could use Arenas, what with Michael Carter-Williams out, or if the Bucks could use a playmaker with Luke Ridnour struggling and untested youngsters Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters running the show. Or the Kings, with Greivis Vasquez being shipped to Toronto.
Nah: New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
B/R: You said you will try to make a comeback next season. Are there any particular reasons you didn't try to pursue a career overseas more aggressively?
GA: I went to China. I got hurt, but I came back; I was averaging 29 and 12. I felt I worked too hard, and perfected my skill and my talent, to just play in China and go through the motions and dominate. I wanted to be challenged; I want to be challenged. I want my talent to be challenged. And China wasn't going to do it. I had three groin pulls and I'm averaging 29 and 12, and I couldn't even run up and down the court.
We’re not sure where “29 and 12” came from, but we are sure where 20.7 points, three assists and 7.3 rebounds per game came from: FIBA’s website.
Despite some rather daft moments in his star-crossed career, Gilbert Arenas is a good dude that did not deserve in any way the knee-based misfortune that felled him. He’ll also be pushing 33 during his hoped-for 2014-15 comeback, and he looked even older than that age while playing in 2011-12. There’s always room for a smart guard with size to flat-foot his way around a court in this league, but Arenas wasn’t changing anything during his last few years with his shooting or passing, and his defensive work during that stretch was miserable.
Thankfully, Arenas has saved his money, and he’s got those apps to look forward to. New York, Brooklyn, Chicago or Los Angeles? Probably not so much.
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