Gilbert Arenas is still trying to find his role. Not good for your organizations max contract player.
Sometimes he chooses to bring the ball up himself, which I feel is rarely a good decision. I mean he literally walks the ball up and takes 8-10 seconds off our shot clock, giving wall added pressure and less time to make something happen, usually he is forced to throw up a jumpshot, sometimes he works himself free, sometimes he doesnt have the time because Gil has pounded the ball into the hardwood for 18-20 seconds. This is not good because, wouldnt you agree, Wall can bring the ball up court and get himself an decent look at a jumpshot each and every time up court? So aside from the times he just needs a possession off, gil should not be trying to relive the glory days.
when gil tries to drive around defenders, i see clinton portis. Clinton is always stumblin over himself, and gil seems to be doing the same. This leads to out of control passes and terrible looking turnovers. His turnovers are getting to the point of absurdity. how many times does he just throw the ball away or simply get it stripped on his way to the basket. When he drives instead of elavating and jumping upward, he is jumping forward, almost like gliding, and he is finding himself in the stomach of the opponent and in a terrible position to finish. his and 1's are way down, because he is getting his shot blocked repeatedly. its frustrating. The worst part about it is he is still taking the ball in crucial situations. I am not completely disregarding the man, but i think the team has proved that other kids can make the big shot. Its not that gil can't hit the big shot anymore, its that he isnt getting good enough looks, and a wide open nick young is going to make more shots than a guarded gil.
So, the question remains. What to do with Gil? He deserves time to try and right himself, but the first part of the season has been discouraging, and i think he is overstating his role on the team. This is transistion time, and wall will take more than 15 games to take control of this team. But I like the intensity and swagger he plays with on both ends of the court, and think Gil is a carry over of the old culture that we are trying to shed, one of inefficient offense and soft invinsible defense. Of course we have the two big guys down low that Im hoping will pick up on what wall is trying to do with this organization. Taking pride on both ends of the court. McGee is getting there. Blatche seems stuck in mud. I would hate to think that they stil look to gil as a leader and use him as an excuse to play listlessly under their own basket.
I would like think Gil is trying his best, and just needs time to get his knees back. But i would like flip to step up and be a head coach, he shouldnt just wait for wall to speak up, the kid is 19. Tell his team how he wants his offense and defense to play. Its not like we are in contention for anything. If blatche takes d possessions off, take him out of the friggin game. This is the time for sending messages