Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  30 responses

Gilbert Arenas Lacking Confidence

Now, there’s a headline that I never imagined needing to write. But it’s apparently true, according to Gil’s coach, teammates, and even himself: “The decline in production has been especially noticeable the past two games, as Arenas has failed to reach double digits and scored a total of 15 points on 7 for 18 (38 percent) shooting. Arenas opened up last Saturday about his frustrations as the season has dragged on, admitting that regaining his pre-injury form has taken longer than he thought it would. On Monday, Coach Flip Saunders said that Arenas’s passive play, as a scorer and facilitator has been noticeable. ‘He’s not confident right now. Everyone goes through it. Baseball players, hitters go through it,’ he said. ‘Right now, it’s probably because a lot of factors are involved. But it’s not going to stop him from shooting — it shouldn’t. He has to understand, it’s going to come at some point.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Dude is sounding more and more like Stephon Marbury 2.0 everyday.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    “Now, there’s a headline that I never imagined needing to write.” That pretty much sums it up, wtf?! Haven’t seen any Whizz except our game against them but he didn’t seem too unlike his old self, wonder what’s happened since

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What he’s lacking is an ability to play the point guard position.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Please get your Sh!t together.

  • http://www.commuto.com Steve

    He’s playing the Raptors tonight so I’m sure he’ll drop at least 40 and regain his confidence. Raptors are a gift for struggling egos.

  • dario

    give him one gamewinner and agent zero will be back… guaranteed !

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    lmfao…exacly what steve said.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Well, looks like he’ll have a long summer to figure things out.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Gilbert lacks manhood ever since he found out Shaq was banging his fiancee in the low post.

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    I blame Shaq

  • Orlando Woolridge

    cosign Allenp

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Gilbert Arenas will be fine as soon as Gilbert Arenas comes back.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I can’t help but wonder if his relationship with his fiancee’ is also hurting his game.

  • Sparker

    russ, i’m trying to read slamonline at work and you’re blowing my cover

  • Hoodsnake

    Hes looking over his shoulder waiting for caron to sucker punch him

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    So Sam Cassell is gonna come out of the coaching spot and into the lineup? Come on, Gil. Shoot the ball and have some confidence.

  • LA Huey

    so i wonder if Gil’s got some depression issues. i mean, dude does seem to love the game but wasn’t able to play the past two years, hasn’t been his silly self in awhile, and struggling to play to expectations. or maybe he’s just being a little byatch.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    @niQ If it’s Hollywood Shuffle, would you please, please, PLEASE get your sh!t together or you’re fired!

  • paychexx

    if shaq was bangin ya girl, you would have no confidence too.

  • Shem

    I agree with allenp hes more of a small 2 guard then tall point guard. Hes very inconsistent and all of his shots are bad shots nba players are just that talented, when its not going in you go through this. Gilbert needs to get the team involved especially when you play with Jamison and Butler. But I really do hope he suceeds because hes one of the few guys in the nba that dont have off court issues and helps out a lot. I really hate to see the involved players struggle

  • jeremy

    22 9 and the W

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    someone needs to light a fire under the hibachi.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Now he’s saying that he switching back to his old self because Flip told him to play that way. I’ve never heard of a player who needs somebody to tell him to play well before he’ll decide to actually do it. Gil is full of it. Just play and shut the hell up for once.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s hesistating. He is too worried about what other people think about his game. This may sound crazy, but he needs to take a page from the Allen Iverson handbook and just do him. Let the chips fall where they may.

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    Shaq did his wifey. Who among us wouldn’t lose confidence. The only reason its taken so long to set in is because Bil has the uncanny ability to avoid reality, but sooner or later, Shaq doing the ole lady catches up.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Lost respect for Shaq. Dude used to get away with his big mouth, but now he’s gone too far..

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    i should have read the comments before I made my joke. apologies.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He went too far because he boned Gilbert’s girl?
    You have a strange standard.

  • JoeMaMa

    Co-sign Anton. I now park my car in Gilbert’s girlfriend.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Is something going to happen when the Wizards play Cleveland this year?? I think Shaq will say something and then GIl will snap. He doesn’t sound like a heathy man… he could be in a depression which could surface with anger…alot of anger… someone needs to check out where Gils head and heart is at.