There are two trends developing in the NBA and they went head on this morning:
- Gilbert Arenas has a comment for everything. I’m not sure when it happened, but something clearly triggered inside of “Agent Zero” that has given him confidence to say whatever pops into his head.
- Every other NBA conversation is going to surround Kobe Bryant getting traded.
Sports Illustrated sat down with Gilbert Arenas and as always Arenas didn’t hold back...
When asked about Bryant’s decision to demand a trade out of LA, Arenas said:
"One, you want to get traded because you don't like your team, you don't think your team's good enough. But any team you go to, they're going to have to get rid of a whole bunch of players for you, which basically puts you back in the same situation -- just in a different city. I don't know how a player doesn't see that.”
"I've never seen [Michael] Jordan act like that. I didn't even see AI [Allen Iverson], when he was going through them bad days, you know? They were always talking about trading him, and he was like, 'If they trade me, they trade me; if they don't, they don't; but this is my city.' And I don't understand how Kobe doesn't feel that about L.A. -- it's his city.''
You know when you start blasting Kobe by mentioning MJ; you’re hitting him where it hurts. This should set the stage for an interesting match up when the teams go head-to-head February 3rd.
Arenas didn’t stop there. He went on to toot his own horn a few times, the most amusing of which: "Nobody realizes how valuable I really am to teams.”
It’s an interview that is certainly worth the read…