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Report: Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers

Feb 12, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

Arenas magic

How desperate are the Lakers for a point guard? Well, they’ve talked about bringing in Allen Iverson.

And now they have worked out Gilbert Arenas.

That’s what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports.

In a search to find some scoring for their floundering offense, Los Angeles Lakers officials attended a private workout for guard Gilbert Arenas on Sunday in Southern California, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Two sources familiar with the workout said Arenas moved well and made a positive impression, but there was no sense of how quickly – if at all – the Lakers would pursue signing him to a free-agent contract.

Lakers coach Mike Brown and no member of the Lakers coaching staff was part of the workout.

Arenas had the “Kobe therapy” of modified platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee recently. That combined with the fact the Lakers backcourt of Derek Fisher and Steve Blake that has been unimpressive has the Lakers looking for answers.

Gilbert Arenas is not the answer. Lakers fans, he is not better than Fisher and Blake. In Orlando last year he shot 34 percent, 27 percent from three and averaged 8 points on 8 shots a game. His PER of 8.6 in Orlando is pretty much right at Derek Fisher’s PER of 8.5. Arenas played better than that in Washington before he was traded, but shot a lot more there and create offense.

The Lakers need a PG who can organize the offense, feed the post and knock down outside shots. They need youth and more athleticism. Arenas is not longer young and athletic, and organizing the offense has never been his game. LA would be much, much better off with Ramon Sessions than Gilbert Arenas.

He’s not perfect, but the Lakers should play rookie Andrew Goudelock a lot more.

  1. lmvs2012 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Ummmmm? What y’all think about arenas?

  2. twoods6464 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    The lakers should tell Kobe to stop shooting every time down the floor

  3. muhangis - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    wow Mr. Helin, I always disagree with you on the Miami Heat, but as a Laker fan you are 1000% correct on this article, on every facet. Sorry about all the bad stuff I ever said about you!

  4. jhalion - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    They need Jeremy Lin… Good luck with that

  5. plum13sec - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    He is as good as signed.

  6. velascochad - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    no need to look outside the team. just give goudelock more mins and he may just erupt like lin.


    ramon sessions or steve nash (yeah he’s old but he is a great facilitator) will do.

    but pls not arenas, he is more of a SG than a PG.

    • qdog112 - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      The problem with Goudelock is that he’s a PG also – more Tony Douglas than Jeremy Lin. Goudelock would be learning on the job, which he can probably do, but they need instant help, not a project.

  7. trbowman - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    AI is a straight baller! I’d love to see him back in the NBA.

  8. cluelessdufus - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Arenas is a combo guard who can play the point and the 2 he will fit nice if he stays healthy and out of trouble

  9. losangelasbasketball - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Arenas is a headcase with too much baggage, who does kupchrck think mike brown is??? Phil jackson? Mike brown is already in over his head trying to replace the GOAT coach, why make things more difficult, play goudelock.

  10. loungefly74 - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    well…something is going to happen…be it with arenas, sessions, standing pat with AG, fish, blake this year, or a blockbuster trade…the LakeShow needs some some major repairs at the 1. also, somehow, getting the bench to perform better would help big time. damn, i bet that bench (and laker fans such as myself) miss Odom…

  11. themanchine - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    What happened to Darius Morris?

  12. teedraper - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    He’s not better than Fisher & Blake?? Please kill yourself you fool. Fisher & Blake are the worst point guards in the NBA.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Did you watch Arenas in Orlando? I did. He’s Fisher.

      • teedraper - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        he looked pretty good the other night against KD. I dunno brother

  13. noahbird - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Doesn’t hurt.
    *Didn’t you guys run this exact same story under a different headline not too long ago?

  14. crohrbaugh - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I think more goug at point and sign J.R. and the lakers make the finals.

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