Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 10/11/14
Gilbert Arenas is one of the many stars forced into exile before his career was truly over. Both he and Tracy McGrady (and to some extent Allen Iverson) all were forced out of the league despite a willingness and, perhaps an ability, to still contribute to a team. Perception and reputation has ruled and ruined their chances at playing in the league as few NBA teams believe guys like Arenas can play a complementary role. That certainly seemed the case in Arenas' last roles in the NBA with the Magic and then the Grizzlies. Nagging injuries perhaps kept him from reaching that level, but so too did his poor shooting and lack of explosion. Arenas may never be what he was both on and off the court, where he was also a social media superstar for his irreverent humor and his lack of inhibition sometimes. And so Arenas went to China. And China embraced Agent Zero in a big way. As he told Karan Madhok in a recent Q&A with SLAM, Arenas has found joy simply in playing again: ...
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