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Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 1:30 pm  |  28 responses

Gilbert Arenas Says Goodbye to Fans in DC

The man who became arguably the franchise’s most beloved player ever bids adieu to the fans and the city he once owned. Bullets Forever has the quotes: “I know it didn’t end like I would have liked. I had a great time playing in Washington – they made me feel like a rock star while I was here. I wish I could have took them further than the second round. I wanna thank Mr. and Mrs. Pollin, Ernie, Eddie, every teammate I went to war with on that basketball court. Thanks [sic.] you for believing in me. I wanna thank Mr. Leonsis for giving me a chance to regain some basketball respect back in my career, and I hope nothing but the best from him and the Wizards. Last but not least I want to thank the great fans of Washington. It was an honor playing for you guys for 8 years. I hope when it’s all said and done. I entertained you when you entered those doors at the MCI/Verizon Center and can forgive me as a man for the mistakes I’ve made.”

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  • Stillballin

    Good luck in Orlando agent zero.. This is your chance to when that ring.

  • arthur

    Classy move, for once

  • kobesBESTfriend

    We will miss Gil here in DC…hope he can return 2 allstar form in Orlando

  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    [applause]

    Not a negative word to say about that man. Here’s to him staying healthy the rest of his career and his having a huge impact w/the Magic (positively) and the city of Orlando.

    Definitely enjoyed the good times and all he did during his time in DC. Helluva ride…

  • LD

    I would have wished Washington nothing but the 2nd best because I want to be the best.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Nice gesture. A rockstar, indeed.

  • ab40

    bang bang

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

    Gilbertology forever

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    good luck

  • MUBWAR

    He just has to bring back his old jersey number and the old gil will will be back in a jipsy…Agent Zero Forever

  • ClydeSays

    Classy, Gil. I was expecting something like “Later! Thanks for the cash!”

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    none of this would have ever happened if Eddie Jordan wasn’t fired……*sad*………best of luck to you in Orlando Gil, hopefully Orlando can bring you what DC never could

  • Groves

    I respect this speech a heap

  • wilz

    HIBACHIIIII!!!!!!

  • Jay Reyes

    now that’s how you say goodbye to a team you reigned for so many years… no one-hour tv specials… no dissings… just a simple speech thanking everybody for his stay there…

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2010 Diesel

    I find it funny that people admire players like Shaq, who’s played for 6 separate teams and has left nothing but bad feelings and harsh criticisms in his wake. Meanwhile, folks love to jump on Gilbert, call him crazy, and critique his every move. Yet when he leaves, he does so in a tasteful and classy way. Gilbert’s a real dude. Not some character derived for the cameras. He’s earned my respect.

  • sanmiguel

    man I love agent zero and I wish him best of luck in orlando hope he gets a ring before his career ends tho. GO MAGIC!!! Lol

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    RESPECT!

  • biged

    They should retire his number…..

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

    …out with a bang…

  • markymark

    hibachi never dies

  • markymark

    too bad rashard “i’m an overpaid spot up shooter” lewis was traded. i BADLY wanted gil to poop in his shoe, as atonement for that ridic contract of his.

  • JC

    agent zero, you completely win me over today. nothing but RESPECT !!

  • Chazz Michael Michaels

    haha this shit is funny. yall act like he just broke it off with a broad or sumthin

  • http://google c_cantrell

    good job zero.. keep it up in orlando.. dude should make a nice impact on the team now that they got rid of ball hog, no defense vince carter

  • agent 001

    finally my favourite player can start anew .
    i hope things work out in Orlando.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    He really showed some class and maturity, hope he continues it in Orlando.

  • dsleepy

    we’ll miss you Gil. GL in otown. still rooting for you, even if the jersey’s different.

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