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How Kobe Bryant got revenge on Gilbert Arenas after his 60-point game vs. the Lakers

How Kobe Bryant got revenge on Gilbert Arenas after his 60-point game vs. the Lakers

If you were around for Gilbert Arenas' heyday with the Washington Wizards, then you probably remember when he scored 60 points against the Lakers on the road at the Staples Center in December of 2006. He was in the gold Wizards alternate jersey, he took a bow late in the game and Kobe Bryant afterward said he had "no conscience."

Well, it turns out the story goes deeper than that, as Arenas and former Wizards teammate Brendan Haywood explained on the 'Opinionated 7-Footers' podcast this week. Apparently, Arenas made a bit of a mistake later on that evening, one that Bryant didn't forget.

As they told it, ahead of their match-up with the Lakers, Haywood came up with a new nickname for Arenas, one that represented the antithesis of Bryant's 'Black Mamba' moniker and one that he could use to trash-talk Bryant.

"That's the enemy of the 'Black Mamba,' that's the one that fights. I'm gonna do that," Arenas said.

Arenas said he planned to taunt Bryant with the name during the game, but for the life of him couldn't remember it. But he did say it to Bryant eventually after he was reminded.

"Gil drops 60. We're flying out of L.A. and we're on the runway. Caron [Butler] is still cool with Kobe and calls Kobe. They're talking. Gil: 'hey man, who are you talking to? You're talking to Kobe? Put him on speaker phone,'" Haywood said.

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"'Hey man, if you're the Black Mamba, I'm the Black Mongoose.' He's on speaker phone. Kobe was like 'I'm gonna remember that when I come see y'all in D.C.'"

And Bryant did remember it, according to them. After the Wizards beat the Lakers 147-141 in overtime in L.A., the Lakers came to Washington just a few weeks later on Feb. 3.

"The next game when we played in D.C. two months later, Kobe walks by. He doesn't shake anybody's hand," Haywood said. "He smacks Gil on the butt and is like 'remember, you asked for this.'"

Bryant then dropped 39 points in a Lakers win. So, it backfired.

Arenas and Bryant had a nice little rivalry that year, but were never truly at odds. Earlier this year, Bryant helped inspire Arenas to get into coaching not long before Bryant passed.

You can listen to Arenas' full interview right here.

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Gilbert Arenas explains in detail how he morphed Nick Young into Swaggy P

Gilbert Arenas explains in detail how he morphed Nick Young into Swaggy P

It didn't take a genius to surmise that Gilbert Arenas was likely a questionable influence on younger players late in his career in Washington. At his peak, he was an exceptionally good player. But he also had a bit of a wild side, to put it mildly, and fans have long wondered how that played into the development of players like Nick Young, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.

Well, as Arenas tells it, he had quite the effect on them. He detailed how his, uh, mentorship shall we say turned them into the NBA players they became. Mind you not one, but two of those guys ended up with alter egos.

Arenas went into specifics about that time on the 'Opinionated 7-Footers' podcast with Ryan Hollins and former Wizards teammate Brendan Haywood.

"I could see all the raw talent [Young] had. Put some work ethic into it and, man, this could be a nice little backcourt. So, from there I'm taking him under my wing. But the problem with that, with under my wing at that point in my career, I'm hurt and I get hurt again. So, I'm not the person I was when I was healthy; in the gym 24-7. Now it's Hangout Gil. So, now Hangout Gil is with rook. The rookies are hanging out with Hangout Gil. It's not the determined, 'let's get better, let's prepare.' If I'm going on the road, I don't have to play. I'm going to go to the club. Rookie wanted to go with me. So, he became my sidekick in that sense, which was unfair to him at that moment," Arenas explained.

"With the young guys, they picked up more on my off-the-court behavior rather than my on-court behavior. So, I kind of messed up the little group; the Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and [Nick Young]."

Arenas went on to say that he was particularly close with Young, as they had similar personalities. They were both pranksters, and not of your usual variety.

"We'll be eating and when he's finished, he would lick his fingers and put his hand in your food so that you're finished, too. So, that's what I was also dealing with," Arenas said.

This whole conversation led to a particularly absurd story that may not have been publicly told before. It involves the lead-up to a story Young famously told last year about Arenas shooting him with a BB gun during an NBPA meeting.

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As Haywood explained, that was only the half of it.

"No one realizes that before we had guns in our locker room, we had a real live BB gun fight where no one was suspended or fined or anything. It was ridiculous," Haywood said.

"Our team was so good, but we had so much dysfunction and so little discipline. We had a BB gun fight in a locker room full of millionaires where BB guns can literally pop off the locker, hit somebody in the eye and blind them. We've got a BB gun fight in the locker room."

Uh, yeah, that does sound quite dangerous. And through all of it, Arenas' tutelage apparently generated one of the NBA's most entertaining personas.

"So, that is how Swaggy P became Swaggy P," Haywood said.

The full podcast is loaded with fun stories about Arenas' career, including his time with the Wizards. Check it out right here.

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With BIG3 canceling 2020 season, Gilbert Arenas won't have a D.C. reunion

With BIG3 canceling 2020 season, Gilbert Arenas won't have a D.C. reunion

Due to so much uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the BIG3 will cancel its 2020 campaign with hopes of returning in the summer of 2021, the league announced on Twitter Monday afternoon. 

"We tried everything in our power to give our fans a nice 2020 season but with a long list of obstacles, we decided to shift our focus to the 2021 season with our fans in the stands," BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube said.  

"We will definitely come back with the fire," Cube promised.

The league says CBS will continue to televise its games in 2021.

Wizards fans, if you haven't concluded by now, this means former Wizards star Gilbert Arenas will not be making his return to D.C. this summer. As a player of the Enemies, Agent Zero was scheduled to lace them up in Capital One Arena on July 11. 

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