Gilbert Arenas admits he failed as a mentor to his younger teammates
Former Washington Wizards icon Gilbert Arenas has been filled with thoughts as he looked back on his colorful playing career both in the NBA and overseas. In a clip from “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,” Agent Zero reflected on his regret that he didn’t pass down his work ethic and shared the tools that made him great to the younger generation back then:
Arenas lasted in the league for several seasons and has found a mentor in former NBA veteran Larry Hughes who was his teammate from 2003 to 2005 with the Washington Wizards. He went became the face of a squad that featured Nick Young, Andray Blatche, and JaVale McGee. The label on those guys at the time was.. not good.
After a lengthy stay in the nation’s capital until 2010, Arenas moved on to the Orlando Magic for a season and played for the Memphis Grizzlies before concluding his NBA career after a first-round playoff loss against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012.
A few months later, he took his talents to overseas and played for a season with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) where he averaged 24.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.8 assists through 14 games played and officially hang his sneakers in 2013.
Bouncing off multiple teams during his basketball career, many players belonging to the younger generation could’ve benefited from the knowledge imparted by Arenas. Instead, they received more of Arenas’ silly side that ultimately squandered some talented Wizards teams.
Now living his post-basketball life, he aims to do what he failed to do during his playing years and use his platform to contribute to the betterment of the next generation.