Arenas Wouldn’t Mind a Last Place Finish for the Wiz

by November 21, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

While rehabing his knee, Gil has also kept busy doing other things. He honored the new prez with a tattoo, he’s been blogging of course, and he found the time in his schedule to sit still for a few hours while someone immortalized him in wax.

Arenas has also spent some time philosophizing about the bind his team, the Washington Wizards, is currently in. They have an ugly 1-8 record so far on the season, and the way Gilbert sees it, tanking the rest of the year wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

From the Washington Post:

“This year, with me and Brendan [Haywood] out, some of the veterans are like, ‘Man, I don’t even know what to think of this year,’ ” Arenas said.

“And I told ’em, ‘If this is one of those years we don’t make the playoffs, we’re one of those teams that’s in last place the whole year — you know that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan. If that happens with us, it’s for the better.”

Arenas will likely get killed by the media and Wizards fans for adopting this line of thinking – even if it was said in jest – but is he so crazy for suggesting such a thing? I don’t think so.

Even if the Wiz don’t land a sure-fire Hall of Famer in next year’s Draft, where’s the harm in trying their luck in Lottery Land should the team continue to fall on its face this season?