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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  21 responses

Kobe Bryant in Favor of Gilbert Arenas Signing


Gilbert Arenas has worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, and apparently had a reasonably impressive showing. Kobe Bryant says he’s all for the Lakers taking a chance on the Hibachi. From the Daily News: “The Lakers dodged a few sprinkles Monday, then returned to their practice court for a workout and talked about possibly signing free agent point guard Gilbert Arenas in order to bolster their backcourt for the rest of the season. There was no place like home for the Lakers, who returned from their six-game trip in high spirits. Asked by reporters after practice if the Lakers needed Arenas, superstar guard Kobe Bryant said, ‘It certainly wouldn’t hurt.’ Bryant also said he didn’t have a problem with Arenas’ past, adding, ‘Everybody makes mistakes. He’ll be fine.’ When someone asked what Arenas would bring to the Lakers, Bryant said, ‘Hibachi,’ which is what Arenas used to say after he let his shots go. The 30-year-old Arenas, a former Grant High of Van Nuys standout, held a private workout for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Sunday, and it went very well, according to a league source. A signing isn’t imminent, according to the source.”

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  • http://nba.com GP23

    Start him at Point Guard ahead of Fisher. Although, Arenas really is a Shooting Guard.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    do it then lakers. i played in a league game at grant high, they have his numder retired over there

  • kobesBESTfriend

    I bet Mike Brown screws up the rotation even worse after they sign him

  • DHughes

    @GP23 Gilbert Arenas can play point guard if he has all the skills playing point guard is a mind set he can do it if he wants too people forget how good this gy wa I’m not sure if he’s ever going to be good as he was when Larry Hughes was playing…..

  • http://nba.com GP23

    He was good at the Wizards, playing as a SG. He was always better playing off the ball, then recieving it, and then going off for his shots (remember when he dropped 60 on the Lakers) With Kobe alongside him, well, he would have to change his game a little. He potentially could get a boat-load of assists, and knock down a ton of threes per night.

  • Fat Lever

    As an unabashed fan of Agent 0, I’d love to see him redeem himself. This is probably it for Gil, hope he takes advantage. Given Rose’s back problems as of late, would it kill Chicago to give him a look too? CJ can still run point, but a lineup of Arenas/Korver/Deng/Boozer/Noah would be very interesting to watch. If they spaced each other out correctly offensively, that would be one dangerous half court set. This is given that Arenas is 75% of what he was a few years ago.

  • alexcrook

    trade mike brown for brian shaw.

  • robb

    Get him, I don’t care if he keeps a bazooka in his locker, get him now.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LMAO at robb’s comment.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    fat lever has a point, but this isn’t really what the lakers should be doing… don’t they want to get younger??

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Please sign Hibachi!

  • Andre

    All of you who think Gilbert is a wack, washed up, ballhog ; stop just buying in to storylines and pay attention. With the Magic last year, who was the only one who would consistently look for and get Dwight the ball? Gilbert is not a ball hog, he is just a talented scorer. But with Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum to pass to, he’s gonna make people look stupid for even doubting him. And even if he’s not as good as I think he’ll be, you really think he’s worse then Steve Blake or Fisher? C’mon people, it’d be dumb not to sign him, but i guess the media and fans know more then Kobe…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    The Return of Hibachi?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Me Too.

  • joe

    Arenas is such a higher upgrade to Derick Fishera at any time, he is
    younger, more athletic especially if he was administered the same treatment as Kobe Bryant (Best Player in NBA, very cerebral, he feels even younger like 26 years old.

    Please Lakers sign him, even if he scaores 10 points a game. at least it is better than Fisher 2 points in 33 minutes, and he has so much more chance after this treatment of regaining some type of explosiveness,and score 20 and some points, it would be a huuuuuuuuge help.

    I have lots of respect for Derick Fisher pat accomplishment, but I think unfortunately that his days re almost over.

    Make Arenas play 28 minutes, Steve Blake 10 minutes, and Fisher 10 minutes or when playing top teams giev Areanas 35 minutes play, Steve Blake 13 minutes. Areans will give you at leat 10 points which is really a help to Kobe Bryant.

    Pleeeeeeeease!!! Get a three point Shooter JR Smith, Lakers, please do not be dumb to let JR Smith go to Clippers. We desperately nees a three point threath shooter, with him we can become a championship caliber team.

    Pleeeeeeeeease!!! Change the Bench, it is the worst in NBA, they cannot shoot, nor take lay-ups. Where are Kopono and Murphy at the three point shooting? I do not see them anywhere. It would be a universe of good to change the bench.

    GOOOOOOOO!!!! Lakers, Kobe Bryant for MVP!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    I think Kobe is looking for any kind of change (read: help). I say go for it – perimeter help is good for them, LO is missed right now. I too wouldn’t mind a few more Hibachi highlights, even if they’re closer to the ground now.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    HIBAAAAACHIIII!!!!!
    @fat lever, id go nuts if the bulls signed him

  • Lonnie

    Arenas is a great move for the Lakers with upside potential that is unbelievable……..Coming home to L.A. with a new location and trying to prove he still has it, can only benefit the Lakers….He can be had for the minimum veterans salary, and you talk about a steal!…..Arenas and Kobe would make a dangerous back court…..This is a no brainer….

  • Matt Park

    @datkid

    They can sign him for a year. I think Gilbert Arenas would take it.

  • Kidd Ray

    Agent zero would be a great addition to the Lakers. They are in need of an upgrade from Fisher, Blake and the rookies. Arenas, Kobe, Gasol and Bynum could make a lot of noise and would be called the Big 4. This is a much needed acquisition. Even if he is not as good as he once was, he would be an improvement for assists and scoring for the Lakers. Come on Mitch…What are you waiting for?

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Artest, Barnes, Arenas…who else could they get? Perhaps they could hire Dennis Rodman, Vernon Maxwell, and Latrell Sprewell to mentor them.

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