Dec 22, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT
Gilbert Arenas is nothing if not confident.
Two games into his Orlando Magic career he is 3 of 17 shooting. That’s 17.7 percent. Yet he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse he is worried about nothing.
“I’m not playing too well yet, but I’m already `The Man,’ at the grocery store over near the house. I’m like Dwight Howard over there,” Arenas chuckled Tuesday night after struggling again uncharacteristically. “I’m like a superstar at the Publix (supermarket)…”
“I’m still trying to find out where to put my dominance,” Arenas said in a serious tone. “My role will be to score, to make shots, to make plays. My shot has been fabulous in practice. I just haven’t gotten it acclimated to the games yet.”
As a whole the Magic are still trying to figure out the new combinations, what works and what doesn’t. With the limited practice time NBA teams get, integrating new players takes time in season. It isn’t just Arenas struggling — Jason Richardson is 7-21 and Hedo Turkoglu is 3-15 since the trade.
It doesn’t help that the first two games for the new lineups were against the Hawks and Mavericks (both losses) followed next by the Spurs and Celtics. Tough schedule for any team, any time, let alone one with a bunch of new players.
- Grizzlies start fast, hang on to beat Portland, take 3-0 series lead 0
- Bucks outwork Bulls, stay alive on Jerryd Bayless game-winner 6
- Nets use 18-0 second-half run to secure Game 3 victory over Hawks 5
- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets 10
- PBT Extra: Stephen Curry starting to have his defining playoff moments 8
- Behind 32 points from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs rout Clippers to take 2-1 series lead 13
- The Truth (and Marcin Gortat) will set Washington free, up 3-0 on Toronto after win 8
- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 17