Any conversation comparing Washington Wizards all-star point guard Gilbert Arenas and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker must revolve around one important fact, according to Arenas.
"He has something I don't have," Arenas said with a shrug. "He has two rings. That's what every player dreams of, and he has two of them."
Arenas (second round, 31st overall) and Parker (first round, 28th overall) were members of the 2001 draft class, are 23 years old and are now in their fifth NBA seasons.
Arenas is the only member of that class to have played in an All-Star Game and he made his postseason debut with the Wizards last season, but Parker has already established himself as a big-time playoff performer and two-time league champion.
"He's my rival because we both came in the same year, but it's like we're together because we got picked 28 and 31, so it's great when you consider what we've done for this league and our class," Arenas said.
Quite a Storey
Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was pleased with the play of second-year forward Awvee Storey during Friday night's victory over Seattle. In 14 second-half minutes, Storey hit 5 of 6 shots, grabbed four rebounds and scored 13 points. He was on the 12-man roster again last night.
Storey was a late invitee to training camp but made the team with his strong play in the preseason.
"Awvee has shown with his performance that he can play at this level," Jordan said.