A Grizzly is smiling in Memphis… Gilbert Arenas is back on the court
Guess who is back? It’s Gilbert Arenas’ ear to ear grin. And with it arrives his phenomenal form. Over the years I’ve noticed that Arenas is one of those players who needs to be in good mood to score some.
Arenas seemed lost after he was shown the exit in Washington for the final 50 games of 2010. However, after missing the first four months of the NBA season, Arenas is finally back on the court. Still that wasn’t enough for his fans, seeing his big smile was.
“I’m just back to my old self -- laid back, funny guy,” Arenas said, who was in his second game of the season with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies lost the game 101-85 to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, still Arenas’ comeback-form was a good omen for Memphis’ future. “Last couple years I was just stressed (laughs). Right now I’m just trying to get back to my own element.”
Arenas sparked interest from a couple of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, before he signed up with the Grizzlies for a $300,000. Talking about his career with the Grizzlies, Arenas said that it was important for everyone on the team to accept him.
“I need all 100 people on board!”
“I was in Memphis for a day,” Arenas continued. “I went to go try out, and in my mind I thought it was going to be like in L.A. (with the Lakers): tryout, I go back home and they call me. It was like, tryout, take the physical, meet the team in Portland. It happened so fast.”
Admittedly, Arenas still has a lot catching up to do. The 30-year-old is out of shape and slow with the ball, nonetheless his instincts are still kicking in at the right instances.
“It’s more difficult than I thought,” Arenas said. “I went from being a couch potato and playing at the Y on Thursdays to playing in an NBA game. I haven’t had a practice yet, I haven’t got in shape yet. I’m trying to get the feel of the game again.”
Arenas is looking to avert all the drama in his life too. Arenas stated that he wanted to concentrate on playing a bit more now and help the Grizzlies win more often.
“I don’t want to be in the public eye anymore,” Arenas said. “I just want to go out there, get in shape and when the time comes, help this team win.”