Arenas Ready For The Comeback?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We asked a last week if it was time for the Los Angeles Lakers to consider signing Gilbert Arenas to help shore up their point guard deficiencies and the response was overwhelmingly (84 percent) in favor of the Lakers doing exactly that.

But other than the reports that Arenas was in Los Angeles for a workout that was attended by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchack, among others, we had no idea what the full scope of a potential comeback attempt by Arenas entailed.

We have a much better idea now after reading this detailed interview with Arenas, courtesy of our main man Sam Amick of SI.com, who delves deep into the psyche of the man formerly known as Agent Zero.

Arenas goes places in the interview that he hasn’t publicly in the past, delving into his time in Washington and later Orlando, and also detailing some of the issues that led to his infamous beard and explores the factors that contributed to his fall from grace. He also talked plenty of basketball and whether or not he’s ready for a reunion with the NBA game.

There’s no doubt Arenas has his own target date, after the All-Star break, in mind for a potential return. And while he didn’t come out and say exactly where he would want to play, he made it pretty clear that he’s ready for a comeback:

SI.com: So where did you leave things with the Lakers after your workout?

Arenas: That was kind of weird, the situation. I was actually training in New York, and my agent, Dan Fegan, told me to come out and work out for the Lakers. My whole thing is, I don’t want to play for anybody until I’m finished rehabbing and finished doing what I need to do, so that’s not going to happen until at least All-Star break. So I decided, Well, I’ll just go out there and work out.

SI.com: Was it just the Lakers or was anyone else watching?

Arenas: When you’re in there getting buckets, you’re not really paying attention to who’s there. You’re just doing your thing. To me, it didn’t matter who it was — could’ve been the D-League team or whatever. I’m just showing you what I have. You can either keep reading newspapers articles where they say I’m 40 pounds overweight and I lost a step — all the fantasy stuff people want to talk about because they’re going off my last year where I was basically mentally out of it. Or you can just see for yourself: This is what I am. A 6-foot-3 guard, 6-10 wingspan, still got his quickness, can still jump, still fast. I make shots, and that’s what I am. I’m not here to sell anything, but look, here’s what I am and then I’m going back home to my family.

Arenas was refreshingly (and at times painfully) honest throughout the interview, and didn’t come off as the least bit disingenuous. Whether you like him or not, there is no denying he was once was one of the most furious forces of nature in the league, a player feared for his abilities to take games over at any time.

No one expects him to be that guy again, no matter how close Arenas says he is to being back in that space after the platelet-rich therapy he underwent last month. But even a periodic glimpse of the player he used to be could help a contender, a team like the Lakers that is obviously searching for a few answers right now.

(We love that Kobe Bryant reiterated his point on those Pau Gasol comments he made over the weekend).


45 Comments

  1. charles says:

    agent zero is bad for team chemistry. The coach isn’t the zen master anymore. I don’t know if they have it in him to integrate Arenas with the team. Arenas doesn’t play team ball and has never shown the ability to play championship caliber team ball. They are better off with Dragic, Ridnour, Sessions, or D Harris.

  2. Law064 says:

    If Gil comes back to at least 70% of what Agent 0 was then he’ll be fine. The lakers could use someone that can knock down mid-range shots on a regular. I think that would be a upgrade considering who the lakers have on the bench. Gil could only help the lakers at this point. Good luck Gil I hope he makes a strong comeback

  3. Love! says:

    i love gilbert !

  4. ridethatdvicks says:

    AI>areans, but both wont do any good for the lakers

  5. John says:

    The lakers dont really need to trade bynum for howard, what they really need is a good point guard that can make plays for kobe,gasol,bynum and they should upgrade their bench players trade all the bench players, they should make a trade for steve nash or deron williams. and add a scorer at small forward, lets say T-MAC at LA !

    • ridethatdvicks says:

      what make plays? LOL kobe is just going to hog the ball like always. just find a young and good defender for the 1 and the lakers will be set

  6. vinch says:

    the main reason why the lakers are losing because of their coach. i think phil jackson is the best coach and the lakers just really miss the coaching techniques of phil. they really need to find a new coach with great achievements. coach mike brown is a total failure he didnt win a championship with the Cavs during lebron’s era where he had Shaq, snow, jamison, etc. right now the only thing that the lakers can do is to get Arenas and give him enough of playing time so that the old Arenas will be back in no time.

  7. LBJ says:

    Lakers , Heat The Finals 2012, i loook what the grizzlies does last year , and i really believe Lakers in The Finals.

  8. WALLY says:

    adding Arenas-agent 0 at the Lakers line-up is good but i think it is better to shore up the 5 position by acquiring Dwight Howard to beef-up the current roster and for the Lakers to have a chance to get deeper into the playoffs of this season and WIN the CHAMPIONSHIP again!

  9. WALLY says:

    iam a LAKER fan likewise and i wanted the Lakers to acquire or make a trade with Orlando and get Dwight Howard and trade Andrew Bynum and just add 2 or more players but exclude Pau Gasol to be more competitive! i believe that when Odom left a big hole was left at said position! WAKE UP LAKERS!

  10. joblagz says:

    kobe should just hang it up.. but id like to see arenas take over a game

  11. Steve says:

    As much as I like Arenas, I believe even if he came back to his best he is just another scorer Which is great if he came off the bench as they need better bench players).

    But Sekou do you think that Arenas is a/or can play a ‘True’ point guard role which is what the Lakers need, or will he be just another SG?

    • The Truth says:

      i say regaurdless he will help because who is our second sg option? goudlock or morris? he just make sense right now.

  12. The Truth says:

    gilbert arenas will be a good addition because of these reasons. #1 he is a point gaurd, he is a point gaurd. i repeated that one twice because no matter how much of a ball hog he is he is still a point gaurd. which means no disrespect to fishers 5 ring legacy by the triangle being gone we need someone who can score off the bench. fisher never had to score even in his prime. and we expect him to put up numbers in his late 30s. sign gilbert arenas and sign beasly. dont trade anybody

  13. Nike24 says:

    LAKERS: 2012 NBA World Champions!

  14. Sydney LA Fan says:

    I think Arenas will perform well for LA and be a positive signing. KB has alot of respect in the league and i believe GA will follow suit with it.

    It’s one thing to play against him, another to play with him (KB).

    How will they rotate Fish and Blake with Arenas in the fold?

    • Kobe says:

      Man you ask how they rotate Fish and Blake, but we Lakers fans need to see that Fish is “dead” he don’t have place in the team if GA gonna be hired, Fish still have a great presence in locker room, and knowing Fish he will not mind to stay in the bench if Lakers wins. That’s what I think, and GA at 70% it’s a lot better than any PG that we have in LA, man and tell me how the hell can Morris be on NBA, he is freaking awful, Goudelock it’s so much better…

  15. Mitch Cupcake says:

    They need a decent PG who’s fast, and can put up 12 pts. & 7 dimes a night.

  16. LBJ says:

    i know what im talking about .

  17. LBJ says:

    whattt?>

  18. SoFLI says:

    Best possible scenario.. Slight risk but possibility of making a great playoff run.

    Everybody can see that the Lake-Show plays D but nobody can score in this “system” Mike Brown is trying to run. In the triangle the PG and SF would get open looks from the top of the key and the corner… not happening anymore.. So what you need is people who can drive and put pressure on the defense and still hit a open shot..

    Solution: Sign Gilbert Arenas after the All-Star break… If he works out great.. If not you have 2 weeks to evaluate if he can fit with the team or if you should go after Ramon Sessions. You can get them both at a steal. Second you get Michael Beasley with the trade exception.. you lose nothing.. you keep your size and depth.. you have a potential All-Star if he can keep his head on straight… and you have a future with Beasley, Bynum and maybe Sessions.

    If Ron World-Peace can be on his best behavior the Lakers should trust that Kobe can at least get Arenas and Beasley to care enough about their careers to finish this season strong..

    • SoFLI says:

      Lets not forget that the Lakers are 14-2 at the Staples Center this year. A playoff series with the Clippers and you might be looking at 7 home games for the Lakers. Lakers fans are and always will be better than Clippers fans. With that you could give them a chance to get a rhythm and the playoff run becomes a lil easier with no traveling and plenty of time to practice and recover between games. They are one of the most experienced teams in the league and most successful. And if you think Miami, OKC, Chicago are playing much better only OKC and the Spurs have a better home record at 13-1

      Pay attention.. The Black Mamba is still playing basketball

  19. Big TW says:

    The Orlando Magic need to get Deron Williams

  20. RICHARD says:

    I SAY TO ALL THE LAKER HATERS, YOU WISH THAT YOUR TEAM COULD BE AT THJE LEVEL OF GREATNESS THAT THE LAKERS ORGINIZATION REPRESENTS. ALONGSIDE BOSTON, THIS IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE IN BASKETBALL LET ALONE IN ALL OF SPORTS. LOS ANGELES BREEDS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS AND ALTHOUGH THINGS ARE A BIT DOWN,WE CAN NEVER BE COUNTED OUT. COME ON NOW,WE HAVE NUMBER 24 AND NO BODY,NOT EVEN MR.JORDAN HIMSELF HAS OR HAD THE AMOUNT OF KILLER INSTINCT THAT KOBE HAS.THE ONLY WAY TO GO WHEN YOUR DOWN IS UP AND LIKE THE MANY YEARS PRIOR TO THIS,WE WILL AGAIN BE ON THE TOP BECAUSE ITS THE LAKER WAY. THE ONLY WAY.WE LOVE THE RINGS IN L.A. YOU CAN HAVE THE MVP’S AND THE FLASHY PLAYERS,WE WANT THE BANNERS AND THE RETIRED JERSEYS TO GO UP THAT REPRESENT NOTHING BUT GREATNESS. LAKER NATION ALL THE WAY BABY,CLIPPERS ARE THE LIL BROTHERS.

    • Belizeboy says:

      Clam down man. Yes the Lakers have a long history of winning, but they started their franchise WAY before others. I think you LAL fans need to just stop being so spoiled an realize that you may not be seeing any banners for a few years, maybe even a decade.

  21. fhgkx says:

    Go get Steave Nash!!!!!!!

    • sbfern805 says:

      i hate Steve Nash….but that guy is an awesome player… it would be bitter sweet for me

      • Belizeboy says:

        WTF? What is there to hate about Steve Nash? He’s one of the few great players in the league without drama or an ego.

    • Clayton Gray34 says:

      that is a dumb idea, steve is on the outs of his career. they would only be trading decent players for one good player that is to old

  22. Johnathan says:

    Laker Haters never cease to blow my mind on how blatantly ignorant and foolish they come off as for their kindergarder type commentary…
    Arenas isnt agent Zero anymore, but a Gilbert Arenas at 70% of what he was before, with his mind and heart invested in the game is someone of great value to any team, especially the Lakers who during stretches of a game are hard to watch when Metta World Peace and the rest of the awful bench players come into the game and stink up the whole joint, forcing Kobe and the rest of the starters to have to come back in and clean up their mess..Lakers should just be patient and draft a guard or wait til there are some good ones out on the free agency market..why get Rid of Pau Gasol when that’ll only weaken the team, of course he is soft at times, but he is still better than most at his position, and skilled enough than when he mans up, he can go to work and make great plays…Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss just dont have a clue what they are doing, they are the ones to blame for how weak the Lakers are this year, and if this great franchise crashes and burns, it’ll be no one else’s fault but those two

    • sbfern805 says:

      Im a Lakers Fan and its foolish to also see some Laker Fans make ignorant comments. Mitch and Buss know EXACTLY what they are doing and want to do. You see L.O. came off one of his better seasons in the league and he was not going to improve much more so why not use his “6th player of the year” award and try to get a CP3? that was going to be a GENIUS trade and was so so close to happen. The Pau/ Brown trade was also GENIUS. Now Mitch knew the Lakers got swept WITH L.O. by Dallas and that this year they were not going to be a title contender so why not try to get Howard and use that guaranteed first round pick along with Bynum. Lakers cant always win championships year after year so people chill and be patient. Lakers have a history of building the best possible teams…Oh and if you ask me i believe Gilbert Arenas has so much respect for KB that if he joins the Lakers, they can make things happen with the current squad. KB, Arenas, World Peace, Gasol, Bynum….arenas will have plenty of shots to take so if he is consistent, i dont see why the Lakers would not be a Contender for the Title

  23. LBJ says:

    nBA FInALS 2012, KOBE VS LBJ , LOL………..

  24. LBJ says:

    bahhh, lakers still have a great team, and they can made it to the finals, they just need kobe to play more as a team, and GASOL, when he got hot the lakers are a championship caliber team, they got bynum and you know he is a good center , ammmm, they just need to play more has a team, use more pick a rolls, the only position they need to adjust is the point guard position. and whit arenas coming of the bench , they work it on it. arenas can score the ball and hit his jumpers we all know tha.

    • Clayton Gray34 says:

      that is a great idea, but they still could get some great draft picks by trading some orf their weaker players.

  25. Kratos' Rage says:

    Arenas is fine. he can be a good additon to the lakers

  26. You Funny says:

    You know, despite them having a sorry year, at the end of the day, and at the end of kobe’s career, He’s still gonna be remembered as one of the greats to ever play the game. You aint gotta respect his personallity. But you gotta respect his game. So let him cheer for Griffin and Lin. I hope Blake scores 81+ and I hope Lin gets 5+ rings. As you can see Kobe is still breaking barriers. And as for Gilbert Arenas? Everybody makes mistakes. EVERYBODY. Nobody was calling KG washed up when he decided to go to Boston. And nobody’s callin Dirk and Kidd washed up after they won the title. Yes I’m a Laker fan and I’ma remain that. Just wait and see a few years after Kobe retires. All it takes is one sorry year to get one great player in the NBA draft. Just like how Lebron was for Cleveland.

  27. vinnythered says:

    whats up with the wannabe dirk shot?

  28. Sir Lee says:

    I think Arenas will just be a problem to the Lakers. The Lakers need a young pure point guard with vision, not just another veteran guard. Arenas is not a team player after all.

  29. NBAknowitall says:

    There will not be a “comeback”, maybe average player, but not what he was, stop writing ridiculous articles.

  30. prix says:

    Lakers are just too hard too look right now..my eyes sore and bleed..can´t watch them anymore as the one of the best team in NBA turn to a clown and now with Arenas the Circus is on…I know Lakers fans will find any words and try to defend there disgraceful team..all hope is gone and your hero kobe is now cheering for Blake and Linsanity…so sick..

    • Haha says:

      I agree with you and I’m a laker fan if they goin to trade they need to now and for a pg a good pg would open things up for Bynum and kobe