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Well isn’t that convenient, Gilbert Arenas makes a decision not to return to the NBA, around the same time no one in the NBA was checking for him.
Arenas last played in the NBA a season ago with the Memphis Grizzlies, and had little to no impact in little to no minutes. So Agent Zero decided to go play in China, like similar outcasts Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady, and now he’s regained his love for the game with the Yao Ming owned Shanghai Sharks.
In an wide ranging interview with Slam magazine, Arenas made it clear that he doesn’t see a path back to the NBA for him and as long as he’s wanted in China that’s where he’ll be.
SLAM: So do you have long-term plans in China? What do you see for yourself in the future here?
GA: 32 games a year. Maximum 36 minutes. That’s all I need at this point in my career. So as long as China teams want me, I’ll be here.
SLAM: Do you have any plans or hopes to tryout with the NBA again?
GA: Nah! [Shakes head vehemently] Because after this season I can enjoy my family. You know my kids are getting older. Being in the NBA, you don’t really get to enjoy your family life because you’re always on the road, you’re always gone. So, no. After this season will be the first time I’ll get to be with my kids for a long period of time
Arenas also made an interesting point when talking about his relationship with fans and the media.
SLAM: But you’ve disappeared on Twitter…
GA: Yeah, yeah. Because you know what? Back in the States, I guess it’s just like, when you’re following somebody…[long pause]…As a fan, what do you expect them to do and say? You don’t want them to be who they are [laughs]. I’m a jokester, so when I was joking on Twitter, it kinda rubbed people the wrong way. And I was like, I didn’t make these up. I’m just letting you know they’re there.
And then they gave high fives to all the players who say like the most obvious textbook answers in the world. It’s like after each game, you already know what they’re going to say. If they lost: “Ahh… Tough loss.” It’s like, come on, how do you guys fall for that? And if they something that they really feel, everyone goes crazy. Like “Oohh! He’s spazzing out!” Now he gotta say sorry for saying something he really felt. It’s like, Oh lord.
I’m glad that Arenas has found happiness in China because his act had worn thin on this side of the world, and it’s probably a good thing that the majority of the population doesn’t understand what he’s saying.
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