Weezy wrote:I stand by what I said, Arenas is done, his game fell off the edge of a cliff like many former stars like Marbury, Hardaway, and most recently McGrady.
Marbury didn't fall off a cliff, he fell out of favor and had a bad attitude. He still had plenty of game left when he went overseas (and won a chip in a tough league btw). Hardaway was NEVER the scorer that Arenas was/is. He was a very good PG in his day but not on Arenas' level IMHO. He was also like 5 years older than Arenas is when he was "done".
Also, T-Mac isn't "done" either. If you want to say he is a shell of his former self, I agree. But dude was droppin' 31 a game and 62 in a game, so he has a lot to compare himself to at this point. He is DEFINITELY not that guy anymore, but to say he is "done" (as in no longer NBA player capable) is plain ignorant. I have seen him play this season. If you look at his minutes, shots, usage etc you'll find that those are what have "fallen off a cliff". He is far less athletic than he used to be, but if Andre Miller can still play in the league, then someone with T-Macs sweet stroke from the outside can still provide value for someone in limited minutes. As far as these players not getting the minutes, or shots or role they need to thrive...that is debatable.
The argument can be made that those reduced or eliminated roles/minutes/shots are because of the assumption (reasonable or otherwise) of diminished returns or some kind of liability presented by playing that particular athlete, but that is pure speculation a choice that is more habitual (in a copycat league) than it is overtly imperative based on inability. As far as Arenas' stint with Memphis goes, he stated that he was not really fully recovered from injury yet, that his role was NOT to score but to facilitate and play defense (not my choice for him, even injured as he was) and that he was mostly rehabbing his image by trying to prove he could handle being a small time role player.
Arenas has the ability to score. He is 31 and hasn't played a lot of basketball in a few years. He looks like he is in GREAT shape. If he was given, say, the green light to shoot coming off the bench for 15-20 mpg, I have NO DOUBT he could be a 10-12 ppg (on 42-45% shooting from 2 and around 36-40% 3s) Nate Robinson type of spark plug coming into games. Just because he either A. Isn't getting a chance because of the move toward athleticism and youth currently taking over the league or B. doesn't want to accept a diminished role on a potentially bad team or fill a spot on the end of a roster and get dumped again without having played, doesn't mean he is "done" or that his game has "fallen off a cliff".
You are assuming WAY too much. He said last year that he wasn't fully rehabbed yet, and that he didn't want to come back unless he felt it was the right kind of situation for him. Just because that situation might not come up for him, that does not mean he isn't capable of capitalizing on it if it did or recognizing it if it was offered. I believe that the Lakers training camp invite would be that opportunity, and I believe I would rather have Arenas on the team as a potential 10-15 mpg gunner/shot creator than a D-League invite, or someone like Goudelock or CD-R etc. I think he has more left to offer than anyone like that. Especially since, in Antoni's system, we won't be recruiting defensive specialists.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.