Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas has always had a way with words.
And concerning what will be his season debut with his team, this is no different.
To begin this mini-episode, Arenas text messages Comcast SportsNet that “I’m playing Saturday against Detroit.”
But when asked about it twice, he told the Washington Post that “It’s only true if I’m playing on Saturday” and the Washington Times that “the plan” is not quite confirmed yet.
But here’s the real question: Does it matter?
The “Anti-Magic” have sunk to a depressing low. They are last in the Eastern Conference and are just a few games away from being dead last in the entire NBA.
One would think that a team with young talent like Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler would at least put up a fight against powerful teams like Boston, Orlando, and Cleveland.
Losing their emerging center, Brendan Haywood, before the season started was a blow to a team with somewhat limited inside presence. Then All-Star Coach Eddie Jordan was fired, and now Washington is simply playing for pride—if you can call it that.
Arenas is not going to swoop in like a Captain Save-Em and all of a sudden salvage the Wizards’ season. In the midst of his six-year deal, he hasn’t even played a full season!
There is absolutely no rush for the All-Star, and it’s time for Washington to adopt the creed of every playoff-jilted or absolutely horrible team: "Wait til next year."