Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  11 responses

Otis Smith Wants Gilbert Arenas to Play Less Hoops; Arenas Disagrees

Otis Smith, the Orlando Magic GM who is considered a good friend to Gilbert Arenas, wants the guard to train less. Which Arenas, though in a joking mood, isn’t really trying to hear. From the Sentinel and Gil’s Twitter page: “The thing I have to fight with him on a daily basis is the the guys who are basketball players, that love to play basketball, like to play basketball all the time, year-round. And he’s one of those guys,’ Smith said. ‘He’s a gym rat. That’s counter-productive for him. He actually has to play little to no basketball up until September and then he can pick up a ball and start shooting. Guys who are that skilled get those things back.’ When Arenas was struggling this season, he often spoke of his dominance in pick-up basketball over the summer. Arenas played with Tracy McGrady and several other NBA players last offseason. This offseason, however, it appears Arenas’ team doesn’t want him playing any ball.”

“Sumbody tell OTIS I’m a professional BASKETBALL PLAYER..I’m not tryin to be the best at EXERCISING let’s save that for 45 and over ppl haha.”

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  • toinefan88

    He’s gotta play sometime SVG doesn’t give him his fill of burn during the season.

  • JasonRhodes

    Otis Smith just doesn’t want to have Gilbert get hurt in an offseason pickup game. That would disable any chance of the Magic trading him. Can’t trade an injured player.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Respect Gil.
    Dude has every reason not to love the game anymore. Alot of its his own fault, but alot of its not. Still you cant keep that boy out of the gym.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    man you already know.

  • robb

    I just hopw Gil finds the

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  • greg

    he just wants him to play well at the begining of the season so he can trade him. but still summer ball is really bad for athletes and playing doesnt make you better, so if hes just doing drills then fine. but ball everyday is not a good idea and this is comming from an 18 year old lol

  • Fat Lever

    I still think that knee is pretty fragile. Staying off of it for an extended period of time, basketball wise, might be a good idea. Gil’s not exactly young anymore, he needs to realize this as well.

  • Nella

    I like Gil’s subtle Kenny Powers reference.

  • Red Star

    You gotta love Gil!

  • al29

    He played with McGrady in the off-season??? Perfect. That will help him shed his reputation for being an injury-prone, overpaid hypochondriac with a bad attitude.