Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/1/14

Washington Wizards Gilbert Arenas drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs George Hill at the Verizon Center in Washington on January 2, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

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During my years as a radio reporter in Cleveland covering the Cavaliers which lasted through the 2007 NBA Finals; I always enjoyed interviewing Gilbert Arenas who at the time was a star for the Washington Wizards. He always answered every question and made for a great soundbite as we say in the industry. Even after losses he handled himself professionally even when a reporter threw an absolutely inane question his way. Throughout the many interviews I had over the years with the former Wizards All-Star guard; he came off as a genuinely good guy who seemed to realize that he was blessed to be playing in the NBA. Although injuries kept him on the sidelines for close to two full seasons, the guard was beloved in the nation’s capital by fans who saw the talent and the enthusiasm he had whenever he took to the hardwood. If the guard was not the favorite athlete of every sports fan in Washington D.C. then he most certainly was near the top. His image would be forever tarnished after Arena...
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