Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  68 responses

Gilbert Arenas: ‘[John Wall] is Batman, I’m Robin’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Prior to the start of the Washington Wizards’ season, people wondered if Gilbert Arenas would be able to suppress his ego, and allow John Wall to be the face of the franchise. Following last night’s preseason debut, there is no longer any doubt.

Arenas played the role of complementary star, and watched as Wall put up 21 points and dish out 9 assists in the Wizards’ victory over Dallas. Gilbert then told media about the new pecking order on the team, and clarified just how much his own worldview has changed.

The WaPo reports:

Right now I’m out there to hit open shots, teach John the ins and the outs of the game, and then eventually go on and move on. I’m on my way,” Arenas said, offering a subtle hint that he could be dealt before his $111-million contract expires in 2014. “This is the NBA. There’s few players that stay in the same city, so right now the city is John’s. I’m not here to fight anybody. I’m here to play alongside of him. He’s Batman, I’m Robin. When I came in, Larry [Hughes] moved aside for me to become a star and I’m moving aside for him to become a star.”

In the past week, Arenas has tried to contain his emotions. But he shared a few laughs with his teammates, as he scored 12 points, and grinned uncontrollably after Lester Hudson dropped the game-winning three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining. Afterward, the sentimentality was lost on Arenas. “I lost all feeling a long time ago. Basketball is basketball now, no matter what floor I’m on,” Arenas said with a shrug. “It’s just basketball. It’s not rocket scientist. You go out there and you just play.”

Depressing stuff, to be sure. The Gilbert Arenas of old is gone, and perhaps gone forever.

If this results in Arenas focusing solely on his play, and staying out of trouble, that might not be such a bad thing after all.

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  • macktap&gap

    this is going to be an exciting backcourt

  • JTaylor21

    How bout the Green Hornet and Kato, Bonnie and Clyde (you guys shoot it out over whose bonnie), Sherlock and Dr. Watson, Lewis, Clark,and Sacajawea (Flip Saunders).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You know….these guys have no creativity. There’s literally HUNDREDS of superheroes guys can choose from to moniker themselves after. Batman and Robin has been used before. How about Green Hornet and Kato? Jay and Silent Bob? Bluntman and Chronic? Scooby and Shaggy? Wolverine and Gambit? C’mon!!!

  • james

    since when was gambit ever wolverines sidekick?

  • james

    oh n if yall got that new 2k11 for xbox360 my gamertag is JamesGoesHam get at me!!

  • JoeMaMa

    He did this last year, too. “I’m retiring Agent Zero…”….Gilbert goes through these stages. He’ll be back after a few crazy games, which he will have, because he’s a dangerous scorer and playmaker. He’s no doubt changed since last year’s fiasco, but it’s another example of Gilbert being Gilbert.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    ‘I lost all feeling a long time ago’ – that’s so depressing. I fell in love with the character of Gilbert Arenas (um, no homo), and for him to say that about basketball is devastating to me as a fan. Even after all that has happened to him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    This new Gilbert is strange. I found his comment about losing all feeling to be kind of disturbing. Also, Larry Hughes stepped aside for him to become a star? Did I miss the whole Larry Hughes as a star era? Honestly, I hope he and Wall can be productive together…time will tell.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    yeah, i was never an arenas fan, but i might come over to the camp now that he’s hit rock bottom.
    I’m weird like that.
    Sad to see him so down, but it’s understandable given the past few years. I would be looking over my shoulder and double checking my ever word and action too. He’s on a short leash.

  • VisionofGreatness

    He was just using an analogy to show that he’s the number two guy, it’s not necessary that he try to come up with a different superhero combo just to appease everyone lol. He and John looked good last night. Wall is blowing by people just like he did in college.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Power Man and Iron Fist? It’s only preseason let’s see Robin take a backseat all year long. Not gonna happen he’s way too competitive for that.

  • oinestep

    @JamesGoesHam Hey if you looking to join a great sim league try http://nojosports.com/xbox-nba-2k11-league-added/

  • http://www.slamonline.com Migs

    @Vision – yeah, but the Batman/Robin thing is getting as played out as the “15 lbs of muscle” thing. Why not Iron Man and War Machine to spice things up? Captain America and Bucky? The Wonder Twins perhaps? :D

    Or he can go a different route and go with the Black lion in Voltron forming the head while everyone else are complementary pieces…

  • T-Money

    Gil knows the game, he’s quirky but not stupid. They brought in Hinrich to be a combo guard and help John Wall develop. Leonsis will trade Gil at the 1st opportunity (and rightfully so, this is a new era). The only reason Gil hasn’t been traded yet is that teams want to see him stay healthy for a little bit. He’s gone at the deadline.

  • baller23

    Gilbert is Pinky & John Wall Brains.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    All of this talk of John Wall taking the league by storm before it starts is kind of off-putting for me. Wall hasn’t played a minute yet and it’s already been said that he’ll start, handle the ball, and be the marquee player. And SLAM put him on the Top 50 list as a rookie. Wall hasn’t proven ANYTHING, Arenas should really be saying “I’ma put the rook in his place and let him learn from me.” Be the leader, Gil, you need it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Migs

    As long as it’s not Cain and Abel, its all good.

  • Sparty’s Law

    I guess he had to be careful not to compare himself to any crime-fighter who uses a gun.

  • Dagger

    When is this guy ever going to take responsibility for his own actions? He should stop sulking and realize that many of his injury problems were caused by him rushing his return, and that he lost last season by bringing guns into the locker room. Suck it up and make a new start – this sulking is more than childish.

  • ciroqobama

    T.O. & Ochocinco already ruined the Batman/Robin labels with their lame bff twitterfest

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Based on last night’s performance, yeah, Gilby is lookin’ like Robin at this point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    The old Gilbert used to be more like Deadpool than any superhero…I miss those days.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    NOOOO!! No offense to Wall, but to me Gilbert should be the one trying to score and Wall needs to be the complimentary player. Wall did all right in college, its not like he took the college league by storm and if Gilbert is trying to sound like he doesn’t want to be a household name again he is lying. We all know he has a super ego and to me if is healthy can score with anyone. I don’t like a player with his zeal and ability, stating he is robin. If I am the wizards, you want agent zero, who feels he can score on anyone and is the best player in the league. Now he is saying he is not the best player on his team. This will hurt the wizards more than people know, because Gilbert is trying to be the good guy, but he needs to be himself and if him and Wall clash, so be it. BOOK IT!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    How bout Guns N Roses…

  • T-Money

    Moose, The Seed: no offense but thank god you guys are not GMs. Where exactly has Gilbert taken the Wizards? The second round?

  • VisionofGreatness

    @ Migs
    It’s not that serious. So it can’t really get played out. It’s just a simple analogy that everyone understands.
    @ Moose
    Technically, the season has started…it started last night for the Wizards. He scored 21 points and had 9 assists.
    @ The Seed
    The organization picked Wall to be the Guy as soon as he got there. Gilbert knows, that’s why he’s saying these things. It’s just a matter of time before he’s traded. This team is about John, not Gilbert anymore. If he didn’t accept that, it would turn into a situation where he is sent home and he would sit there until they were able to trade him somewhere.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Also how bout Quick Draw Mcgraw and Baba Looey…

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Tex Willer and Bill Carson, Bleck Le Rock & Pr. Occultis Cornelius, Martin Mystere & The Man from Neanderthal, Tintin & Milou, Mickey & Dingo, Iron Man & Jim Rodhes, B.I.G & Puff, Busta & Spliff Starr, Dre & Snoop(then M), Timbaland & Magoo…

  • ClydeSays

    Translation: “Don’t pay any attention to me. I’ll just hang out at SG, put up my shots and collect my $111 mil. Thanks.”

  • K-Nas

    Wall is Superman with the wind at his back. Arenas is Lois Lane.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Gil still has game and a few years on his contract, the Wiz are better off keeping him to play alongside Wall. They need to add a 4/5 who can score and rebound and form their own version of a big 3. Plus considering Gil’s hefty contract, history of injuries and less than stellar reputation for mental stability – who really wants to take on that kind of risk? As far as names, they could be Pete Rock and CL Smooth (although some younger cats may not know them).

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    EBoy just made my day with the Jay/Silent Bob and Wolverine/Gambit name drops… Gil, though? Gil’s more fit for Beavis & Butt-Head though

  • Mike from Spain

    I didn’t remember Robin to be so… how can I put it… guns in the locker room kind of problematic?

  • http://www.gswsolutions.blogspot.com Andrew

    Orlando needs to pick up the phone right now.

  • josh

    Hey wat’s up with you guys! didn’t you remember how gilbert dominated the league during 05-06 and 06-07? I think he was as great as Kobe during that time. If Gilbert can get back to that form, Wall should just sit back and watch gil play.

  • hammer

    Practice what u preach gilberto. Won’t believe it till I c it…..By the way,don’t c any1 taking on ur massive contract

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Did anyone else notice they started Wall with Arenas WITH HINRICH? They have 3 point guards on the starting line up… What is this…Golden State?

  • Jdubbs

    Wall is so ridiculously good and polished. 21 and 9 with only 2 turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Wait…38 minutes? What are you thinking, Flip?

  • Adrian Zapata

    Finally this guy will shut up. I’m tired of hearing Gilbert Arenas blog, talk, or do anything at all. Too bad he didnt wind up in jail. Hopefully this cat doesn’t get traded anywhere in Texas.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    didn’t want to watch Gil go down that easy… come on, now.

  • Fat Lever

    How about Cousin Larry Appleton and Balki Bartokimous?

  • hammer

    How bout spongebob/patrick,joe pesci/robert deniro,rob base/dj eazy rock,ike/tina,chris tucker/jackie chan, or my favorite vincent vega/jules winnfield

  • rich

    if things go well i think we will start seeing the real gilbert

  • unrel

    Larry Hughes moved aside to let Agent0 be a star?.. the madness.. so THAT’S why larry hughes is garbo!..

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Gil seems sad. Gil said those pc things cuz he has too. But when a games on the line with 5 secs left, who do you want takn the shot? A guy whos proven he can hit many game winners, or a rookie whose shooting is a weakness? Gil knows the answer. I want superstar gil back. For as much as he scored, he wasnt a bad ballhog, caron and tawn got 20, and gil got decent assists. But, once gil shows he still has it, he will be traded.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, somebody wished for Gilbert to be in jail.
    You gotta be a hard-hearted S.O.B. to wish that on someone when there hurt no one and was their first issue with the law. Damn, that’s scary.

  • ALEX80

    U make a mistake, and now you got a be a Gay sidekick……..Come on Gil!!!!…..u the Punisher!!!

  • jdote

    i fear for gilbert psychologically. I know a lot of people point back to his similar antics last season but I’m not so sure it’s healthy for him to keep up this kind of split personality. Not trying to play psychologist. Well maybe a little, but trying to repress his feelings/emotions is not good. Especially to a public who will chastise him at the first sight of a smile or laugh. He’s keeps trying to live two lives. public personna and actual gilbert and it makes people not understand him. In any event I hope he balls out of control this season

  • vtrobot

    awww, gilbert, i feel so bad for you. whatever, man. you brought it on yrself. i just miss gil jacking near half-court shots in playoff games vs. the lebrons. r.i.p. agent zero, you will be greatly missed by many of us.

  • ripslam

    He’s comparing himself to Larry Hughes? Jeez.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    This is going to end well.

  • Michael

    co sign T money. Even at his best Gil couldnt take the Wiz anywhere. Its walls time now, I like Gil and hope he gets back to his old self but I think its is time to move on.

  • j4zzm4n

    graves/shepherd yes i went ultra nerd right thurr

  • mister8

    I think luke and dart vader is more fitting…

  • hammer

    Adrain Zapata: u want a guy in jail for NOT hurting someone? Smh, another fool wanting to see a Black man locked up just ’cause he doesn’t like him. Gil is mature enough to recognize the reality of the team. Quit being such a loser.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Gil couldnt take the wiz anywhere? Its hard to go far in the playoffs when half your team is injured every year, and even harder when bron is allowed to travel multiple times on the last play of the game. Refs stole a couple games from wizards, thats a fact.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Gil couldnt take the wiz anywhere? Its hard to go far in the playoffs when half the team is hurt every year. Even harder when bron is allowed to blatantly travel multiple times at the end of a game. Refs stole a couple games from wiz, fact.

  • Flud

    Kap brightened my day. Guns n Roses… ha ha ha ha :D

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I like it when a post disappears, so I have to type it again, then the first one appears. Double posts are fun

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I always thought Antawn Jamison was really really good until I saw this year’s playoffs. No comment.

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

    100 Million dollar Robin? Thats an expensive second option….Scottie Pippen just choked on his malt shake.


    Gilbert is crazy for calling himself Robin. rofl

  • hammer

    Hammer @ 7:16pm wasn’t me

  • Johnny rooks

    I know that im just 23 but let me be playing ball and my boys tell me that they are going to let a 17 year old kid take my spot and i have to play second best. IM GOING TO TO KILL HIM AT PRATICE AND TALK MAD S?IT.

  • flipnoyce

    I don’t feel sorry for him one bit, dude is making 100 mil to play ball. I didn’t even think that he’s worth half that. He don’t care if he’s the second option cause he making millions just to be back up. Pretty soon he’ll have no Agent with .007 under his account!!!

  • http://www.boticca.com Kiyan

    Gilbert is really trying to hard at this “I’ve got no emotions” thing …

  • lazaruz

    im on the way. basketballs basketball. man im hating this depressed gilb. i want hibachi back:(

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    Laws are Laws and last time I checked you werent supposed to have guns in DC