Gilbert Arenas was an attention-grabbing, electric player on the court. That's equally true off it, where Agent Zero has made a name for himself saying outrageous things and playing the jester.
Arenas was back at it with another controversial take on his No Chill podcast this week. This time, he took aim at bench mobs.
Agent Zero has had enough with today's bench mobs. pic.twitter.com/YaZAEgB7Xe— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 23, 2019
"[The] only thing that irritates the s--- out of me, is when someone scores and they're like shooting the arrows and they havin' this big ole hype party on the bench ... f--- that ... I want your position. I don't want you to do good."
Bench celebrations have to be some of the most fun, light-hearted and beloved parts of an NBA game. Just look at this.
Sure, players are drawing attention to themselves by cheering on their teammates, but who begrudges guys for rooting for their own team's success?
It might sound odd that a guy like Gil couldn't relate to goofy antics. Take a closer look at his history, though, and it makes perfect sense.
Arenas was one of the most ball-dominant guards in the NBA at a time when Kobe Bryant dominated. That's saying something.
Just compare him versus Bradley Beal, for example.
Arenas averaged 19 or more shots per game in four of his eight seasons with the Wizards. Beal, by contrast, has only done that once.
Arenas also logged 39 minutes per game while playing for Washington. Even last season when Beal's playing time was a concern, he played 37 minutes a night.
Of course Arenas can't relate to sitting back and watching his teammates take his minutes or his shots. He had no experience doing either of those things.
There's also the indisputable fact that Agent Zero loves to stir up controversy. If the general consensus is one thing, Arenas gets attention by saying the other.
Look no further than a few weeks ago. When most NBA players and fans were excited about Vince Carter deciding to try to play another year, Arenas came out opposed to the idea on his podcast.
He said Carter should retire to make room for younger players to prove themselves in the league.
At this rate, if Arenas uses next week's podcast space to argue that Zion Williamson should go back to Duke, no one should be surprised.
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