Has Arenas Found The Perfect Home?

SAN ANTONIO – As soon as Gilbert Arenas stood up and walked to the scorer’s table late in the first quarter, the knucklehead in the stands at the AT&T Center yelled, “Hey ref, check Arenas! I think he’s got a gun!”

It wasn’t funny because it was hardly original and not something Arenas hasn’t already heard dozens of times in the three weeks he’s been back in the league with the Grizzlies.

Of course, the other thing he’s heard is how it might be difficult for a guy with two bad knees and a reputation to fit in on a Memphis team that has spent the past year developing a good sense of chemistry.

“Gilbert’s fine,” said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. “I don’t know why anybody thought he wouldn’t fit in. Gil is a good player. He’s had some tough times with injuries. He can really shoot the ball. He and O.J. (Mayo) play well together. They both can handle the ball and play in the pick and roll. He can also spot up and come off screens and he’s a veteran who gives us poise with that group as well. I think I like his versatility and that poise part the most and his ability to shoot.”

There had been talked of him joining up with Kobe Bryant & Co. and he had a private workout for the Lakers before the trade deadline back in February. But now he’s averaged 5.4 points in 14.5 minutes a night in his first 10 games with the Grizzlies and is slowly finding his shooting stroke and confidence.

When he came up with a loose ball, drove the length of the court and went straight in for a layup over a helpless Manu Ginobili in the second quarter, there wasn’t another one of the Grizzlies players who looked more comfortable in his skin.

Could it be that by hooking on with a lower profile team in a smaller market and away from the limelight that the erstwhile Agent Zero has found the perfect place to make something out of nothing?

22 Comments

  1. ZEROtoHERO says:

    ANYBODY WANNA PLAY A CARD GAME? BRING YOUR GUNS TO THE TABLE!

  2. hash tag nba says:

    miami should of picked him up

  3. vad breee ey brother what are u doing curry curry

  4. Pakiboy98 says:

    Very good player , but not like sim bhullar the Indian body

  5. schlaflin says:

    Im sure playing for a smaller market helps, but his quieter attitude is more influenced by what this guy has gone through the last 3-4 years. between surgeries, struggling to play, and that whole gun debacle, its no surprise he took a step back and reevaluated how he was living his life

  6. ey brother what are u doing

  7. gilbert arenas is so good he is one of the best point guards in the league, he can raise up and shoot over any body with that touch that he has he can make himself unstoppable,

  8. Mamart says:

    FRAN BLINEBURY… I dont know what’s with you, but why do you hate the Spurs so much?

  9. Charlie says:

    Just give him more playing time and everything will be fine ….

  10. angel_ball says:

    G.A is better off than A.I.

  11. remoh200563 says:

    Agent Zero has still a lot of gas left in his tank. He can score especially in the clutch and he,s a former all star… he just needed some time to gain his game back.. i believe that his a top caliber player, unfortunately he suffers injury and a gun drama over his career. nice pick grizzlies… gilbert will be big for the team

  12. Gerald says:

    in an interview gil sad that at home he is watching nba games but not the ones where san antonio plays, cuz nobody watches that…. i think this is the reason for what happened in the AT&T….

  13. gilbert is one of my favorite guard of all time. go Gil! :D

  14. Im glad for Arenas. He is a great scorer and besides one bad decision has had a great career. Arenas is capable to be a very good 6th man, much like Barbosa of Indiana, who could start on most teams.
    Demonizing Arenas was the wrong decison but we can all be glad Agent zero is back with a very good team. The west is stacked and its no sure bet that Arenas may get a ring.

  15. byrd says:

    I think Gilbert is a good fit and the Grizzles gonna use him well in the playoffs they will beat any team they face in the first round and thats for sure even if its OKC

  16. JUAN CARLOS says:

    I THINK IT IS A BETTER FIT FOR HIM JOINING A SMALL MARKET TEAM. A PLAYER LIKE ARENAS WITH EXCESS BAGGAGE CAN ONLY EXCEL IN HIS NEW ROLE WITH THE GRIZZLES. JUST REMEMBER A COUPLE OF SEASONS AGO ANOTHER PLAYER NOT WITH THE SAME BAGGAGE AS ARENAS CAME TO THE TEAM. ZACH RANDOLPH, LOOK AT HIS TRANSFORMATION. FROM LAST YEARS PLAYOFFS TO THIS SEASON COMING BACK FROM INJURIES AND STILL DOING IT FROM THE BENCH. ARENAS WILL GIVE THEM NEEDED EXPERIENCE AND ANOTHER SHOOTER ON THE COURT. SO WATCH OUT FOR THE GRIZZLES COME PLAYOFF TIME!!!!!!

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  17. David says:

    Forgot to mention DAnte Cunningham and Mareese Speights who were great addition. THese guys were invisble at Portland and Sixers but now they’re playin SOLID BALL…great team make great use of all players…great coaching job by Hollins!

  18. hes been good so far coming off the bench running the pick and roll and hes hitting threes, memphis is talented and offers a lot of match up problems for teams

  19. David says:

    One of my 2 favourite players in the backcourt with OJ & Arenas. 2 big guards/pg that understand the game and pick up fire anytime. The Grizz’s second unit looks fabulous and that is a HUGE boost in playoffs. The last 3 championship team ( Boston, LA, and Dallas) had the best second unit off the bench in the nba, and it seem that memephis is that way also…..shoutout to “OJ OH NO”!!!

  20. Mack says:

    G.A fits just fine in any team as long as he is willing to.. He has shown it that he can score the ball. As long as he stays out of any drama (such as bringing gun into locker room) , he’ll be fine and will not turn out like L.O :)