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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 11:45 am  |  18 responses

Ted Leonsis on the Arenas/Wall Partnership

Leonsis, the new owner of the Wizards, says Gilbert and John will work well together, with Wall adding “years to Gilbert’s career.” DC Sports Bog has the transcript from Ted’s radio interview:  “Obviously our franchise player is Gilbert Arenas: he’s been injured for a couple of years, and he was suspended last year. I’ve reached out to Gilbert and I find Gilbert to be a very authentic, warm, nice guy. And he’s certainly a very talented player, and we’re gonna be in it together. I have his back, and he’s been working out really really hard over the summer.  We will have a good professional relationship. He knows what we’re trying to build and he wants to be a part of it. It’s a great city, it’s a great ban base, and I think we’re gonna build a very very competitive team very quickly.’ Then Rome asked whether Gilbert’s role will need to change, and Leonsis repeated his contention that the Wizards will have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. He also said Gilbert’s role will change for the better. ‘I think John Wall will add years to Gilbert’s career,” he said. “He’ll lug the ball up, he’ll run. Gilbert is a great shooter, Gilbert goes hard to the rim….John has great physicality and off the chart basketball IQ, and great players want to play with great players, so I think this was a great thing for Gilbert Arenas and his career, and I also think that Gilbert understands that he has to perform and step up. The best way to re-bond with the fan base is to come in happy and healthy and be a really really highly functioning trusted teammate and be very very coachable. And my bet is Gilbert can be all of that.”‘

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  • Mellmeister

    hmmm… well, i think gilbert will be traded soon… it’ll be john wall’s team within the year. :)

  • WangChung

    Wait till he plays some cards with John Wall.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    This could actually work. Considering Wall doesn’t really have an perimeter shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    @Wang, or that…

  • AL29

    What else is Leonsis supposed to say? Of course, he’s bluffing. The team has to get rid of Arenas asap, but so far there have been no takers.

  • http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/thevintagescene__W0QQ_armrsZ1 jaydee

    The Hibachi will return and have a career season. You heard it here first!

  • bmoreSHOCKTRAUMA

    of course this will work gil isnt a bad guy just got caught up in a lil immaturity we all do dumb stuff from time to time but lets not forget he can flat out score so thats 1 go to guy for wall javale mcgee looks like he will have a break out year thats another option you got josh comin back off injury runnin the three blatche at the 4 and a decent bench to boot for once i think they have the proper peices to win games

  • lantern 2814.5

    co-sign jaydee…excited to see if they will bring it… too much miami hype, so news like this is refreshing…

  • Anon e mouse

    Gilbert Arenas? Agent 0? No takers? I doubt that very much, if the Wiz put him on the market he’d be snatched up in a hot sec. Transgressions are forgotten real quick when you can finish a 4th quarter like 0. Imagine him in NY with Stat playing a hard body Jamison upgrade… Or just basically co-sign jaydee.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    If gilbert plays at least half the season with the wizards, wall can say goodbye to that ROY award

  • ciroqobama

    I miss vintage Gilbert! John Wall is the truth tho

  • rich

    i think wall would prefer to win more than 15 games with gil than tank for the roy award

  • EGOT

    It could work out amazingly, but…I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Beest baccourt def, gil, wall, kirk! How does wall ave off charts ball iq? H turns tthe ball over like its his job, well see

  • T-Money

    As everyone said, what else is he going to say? Exactly like Riles saying that Beas was the future before shipping him off to Minny.

  • Yesse

    The new owner better make sure, that Wall doesn’t have to carry guns for protection.

  • http://www.google.com gmZ

    Co-sign jaydee. Really hope Gil comes back strong!

  • Jon

    I really don’t get how this isn’t already John Wall’s team.

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