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Gilbert Arenas says goodbye to Washington

Dec 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

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Gilbert Arenas was a dichotomy in Washington — for a while he rekindled interest in what seemed a long-dead franchise. He could ball and he was entertaining. On the other hand there was the juvenile idiocy that led to the gun charges and suspension.

Now he is sent off to try and resurrect his career in Orlando, but he said goodbye to the fans in The District via Comcast Washington:

“I know it didn’t end like I would have liked. I had a great time playing in Washington – They made me feel like a rock star while I was there. I wish I could have took them further than the second round.

I wanna thank Mr. and Mrs. Pollin, Ernie, Eddie, every teammate I went to war with on the basketball court. Thanks for believing in me.

I wanna thank Mr. Leonsis for giving me a chance to regain some basketball respect back in me career, and I hope nothing but the best for him and the Wizards. Last but not least I want to thank the great fans of Washington. It was an honor playing for you guys for 8 years.

I hope when it’s all said and done, I entertained you when you entered those doors at the MCI/Verizon Center and can forgive me as a man for the mistakes I’ve made.”

  1. zblott - Dec 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Sorting out how all 3 teams are affected by the trades:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/12/19/making-sense-of-the-orlando-phoenix-washington-trades.html

  2. smokehouse56 - Dec 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Don’t let the door hit your sorry butt on the way out. You gamed the system. But I support your second amendment rights, and so does the NRA. Those rights don’t mean you can be a jerk. We had to swallow hard to support you.

  3. pmpott - Dec 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Thanks for the memories Gil. You will be missed.

  4. derf2 - Dec 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Thanks for the link.

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