Once upon a time, Gilbert Arenas and LeBron James were bitter rivals in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Now, one of them is still playing at the highest level, while the other is getting kicked out of county fairs and playing Names With Friends for cash.
Arenas’ basketball career went off the rails in a hurry thanks to a slew of debilitating injuries and that time he brought a gun to the locker room. The Washington Wizards signed him to a whopping $111 million contract in 2008, but shipped him to Orlando two years later, where he promptly disappeared from existence. But even though NBA teams weren’t calling, but he still had the luxury of being one of the highest paid players in the league with $62 million remaining on his contract.
Since putting his basketball career on the back burner, Arenas has occasionally popped up on TMZ and become a pretty big fan of Instagram, where he posts ridiculous memes, addresses oh-so-hot takes and digs deep in the archives to remind everyone of his greatness. Some of his spiels go unnoticed, while others – like his newly minted critique of James’ game – are quick to make headlines.
For the most part, Arenas had nothing but praise for James. He called him a walking Hall of Famer and the second (or possibly third) best player of all time. But the part about James not being a No. 1 option? That’s the gunner in him talking.
KINGJAMES…..this person comes around once in a blue moon…a man whos so physically gifted he could walk into any sport and be a HOF’ER off his natural (God given ability) last person who was this gifted in sports might have been #BOJackson…LET’S take away EVERY STAT and start from scratch..#NATURAL gifts…6-8..275..44 inch vert…once at top speed can’t be stopped…vision like magic johnson..a natural #LEFTY who plays basketball as a righty….him stepping on a nba floor with no effort stats are 25 6 7…now his WEAKNESSES he had to work on to be the G.O.A.T…James is more like a train then a cheetah in movement.. his first 2 steps aren’t very powerful so this hurt him on iso’s and the ability to blow pass players from standstill position…hints why he’s at the point he needs to be moving at all time so when he decides to attack he’s already in full motion…he doesnt change direction well becuz he doesn’t bend much he plays str8 up and down like #jkidd did which limits him from cross overs and spinning…James isn’t a #1 option..and yes I (didn’t stutter) he lacks #selfishness so he will always need a go to guy like wade was or kyrie.. he lacks what jordan and kobe were..great 1 on 1 players… he needs a pure scorer beside him so he can carry the TEAM load…he gets bashed alot by media becuz he doesn’t take over like #MJ or #KB but #LBJ is MAGIC with Jordan like athleticism..so he walks into stats without trying and when forced he will give u 41 12 8…the finals was the first time in his career he was physically pushed to the limit becuz he had no one to defur to…when players like magic,Barkley and analysis bash him I cringe…like u ppl have no idea what he could do if he had (1) season just 1 selfish season like kobe did in 2005-06 he will avg 40+ 11 9 and no one could do shit about it…it’s sad the world wont get to see Who I’m talking about becuz his legacy is built on winning…if u doubt what I’m saying..look at every game he was pissed off and was challenged….this man could be the second best 3rd for sure player to ever play when it’s all said and done around 2020+and he didn’t even tap into his ability to be GREATEST..
“James isn’t a #1 option…and yes I (didn’t stutter) he lacks #selfishness so he will always need a go-to-guy like Wade or Kyrie,” Arenas wrote. “He lacks what Jordan and Kobe were…great 1-on-1 players… he needs a pure scorer beside him so he can carry the TEAM load.”
Arenas has seen what the Cavaliers superstar is capable of up close and personal. In James’ first career playoff series, he scorched the Wizards to the tune of 35.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists, dropping a pair of game-winners in the process. He also played a role in Arenas missing a pair of bunnies in the closing seconds of an elimination game, a moment Wizards fans won’t ever forget.
Funny how Arenas forgot to mention his elite trash talking.