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Gilbert Arenas has been giving Jeremy Lin advice

Feb 20, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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Gilbert Arenas says he talks to Jeremy Lin once a week.

He talks to Dwight Howard more than that (just passing that along), but Arenas told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated he’s been giving tips and played in a game this summer with Lin.

This is part of a fantastic Q&A Amick did with Arenas that covers his comeback attempt (he won’t rule out the D-League), his time in Washington and the gun incident, plus much more. But of course Lin came up, as he always seems to do these days.

“[Lin] was a Warriors fan during the Agent Zero days. Then this summer, when I went to play in the All-Warriors game, he was on the opposing side and he got a couple shots off, but I hit like five threes — almost from half-court — straight on him, and that’s what he was laughing about. When we talked today, I was like, ‘Man, that shot you hit on [Pau] Gasol, where you just looked him down, and then hit it — that’s the shot right there.” He said, ‘Wait a minute, you did that shot to me five times.’ I’m just so happy that he’s getting an opportunity to play. I just tell him the more success you have, the more you work. Just keep working.

“He’s a great kid. He wants to get better.”

For Knicks fans wondering what kind of advice Arenas is giving Lin, it’s the kind of tips veterans pass on to young players in the league.

“When you watch tape, never watch your guy — the guy you’re sticking with. The guy that’s sticking you is basically nonexistent. You look at the defenders behind him. How good are they? How good they are lets you know the kind of night you’re going to have. Now, if you’ve got somebody like [Anderson] Varejao, who’s going to block shots and take charges and all that, you need to know you just can’t drive the lane. You might have to pull up, stay on the side and use the jumper. Or if you have a guy who likes to leave his feet a lot, you’ll have a great night at the free-throw line. Look at those guys. Don’t look at your guy, because in the NBA you can beat your guy any time you want because you can’t touch nobody in the NBA anymore.”

Seriousluy, go read the entire Q&A, you get an insight into Arena’s mind. Which is an interesting place to be.

  1. t16rich - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Leave the gun at home? What advice can Gilbert give?

  2. rob0527 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Now he is playing the good teammate. What happened a few years ago when agent 0 was in his prime. He was a selfish self centered teammate who was only worried about how many points or shots he was getting.

  3. cordae - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I think the advice he gave him was fantastic. He gave him tips on the best quality any PG could have, vision. Say what you want about agent 0, the gun stuff, whatever. In his prime he could flat out ball, Dont believe me? Go back and watch that 07 playoff series between the wizards and the cavs. Him and LeBron gave each other nearly 40 a night!..

  4. chitownjeff - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    why do they wait till one foot out the door before they act mature and sane….see moss..t o..iverson??

  5. thegonz13 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Best and only piece of advice he can give: don’t bring guns into the locker room!

  6. SOBEIT - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Best advice…nothing good happens after 2am. But Lin is so grounded and his faith makes it hard to imagine Lin enjoying too much of the perks an athlete, let alone a superstar, will have access to.

    I was a huge fan of Gilbert. He amazed with his skills as a Warrior. I was upset that another great player escaped to another team…in retrospect I guess it was a good thing as he quickly became Agent0 and the off court drama became front and center. But the guy could ball with the best of them.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Arenas: yo jeremy, when somebody on your team owes you money…. Just let it slide bro…

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