Gilbert Arenas wants to make an NBA comeback


WASHINGTON, D.C. -October 14: Wizards G John Wall pushes the ball upcourt as Gilbert Arenas trails on the play on October 14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. {Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post}

Bleacher Report caught up with Gilbert Arenas for an interview. They turned the interview into a slideshow, because of course they did, so here are a few of the more interesting answers he gave. If you’re interested in the rest, it’s here.

On whether he sees a future for himself in basketball:

“Yeah, right now I’m just developing apps. Next summer, I’m going to train really hard and then try to make a team. I’m going to try to come back.”

On what he would tell potential teams:

“If you take away the last few years, from my last year in Washington, and you think about my career, there was nothing but hard work. I was in the gym three or four times a day, working on my skills. If we lost a game, and I thought I played bad, I’m staying in the gym to keep shooting. That’s what I did. That’s what I was known for: I was a gym rat.

“I made a mistake, and that’s what we all do.”

On who he sees himself being a fit for:

“I know the Knicks — I’ve watched them. They need a lot of help; they need scoring. ‘Melo [Carmelo Anthony] needs an outlet. Someone who can just put the ball in the basket and take the pressure off him.

“I [also] called Jason Kidd before the season and said ‘Listen, I feel that I can be better than some of the players you’re going to have.’ But they were already stacked to the brim. I thought I would’ve been great coming off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets.

“With Derrick Rose being down, Chicago could use some more scoring. They’re struggling a little bit.

“I guess the Lakers, with Steve Nash out. I think I could’ve made that squad, because that’s who I was working out with before training camp started. I was playing pretty well there. But they had 15 players, so …”

On how his career would have been different without injuries:

“I try not to do the fantasy thing. If I didn’t get hurt, what would I be? Who knows? When I look back on my career, from the hard work I put in, I got everything I deserved.

“The thing that happened in Washington — it happened. All you can do is just grow from it. That took a toll on me. That was probably — I think if I could’ve bounced mentally out of that situation faster than I did, I would probably still be in the NBA. But since I couldn’t understand why they were trying to treat me like that, I basically gave up. I just didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. I never really tried anymore. I just basically gave up.”

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