The Free Lance-Star: GILBERT ARENAS SAYS he’s been contacted by USA basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo about becoming a member of the U.S. national team.
The Washington Wizards point guard said he would accept an invitation to join the squad, which will compete at the world championships in Japan this summer and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“I couldn’t keep a smile off my face just to be mentioned,” Arenas told The Free Lance–Star. “Even if they don’t pick me, just to be thought about is a great honor. [Colangelo] asked me for a com mitment, and I have no problem with that.”
Arenas says Colangelo told him a small group of players will be selected in January while the rest of the pool—which is expected to total about 20 players—will be chosen in February.
“I told [Colangelo] like I tell everybody,” Arenas said, “If I’m not playing with you guys in the Olympics, I’m going to be playing basketball on the street anyway.”