Arenas willing to do anything to make US Team.

Discussion in 'NBA' started by Xero.Shab, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Xero.Shab

    Xero.Shab Guest

    WASHINGTON // Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is ready to do almost anything to make the U.S. national team--starting with mastering the shorter 3-point shot.

    "I've been working out on the international 3--it's like a free throw now," Arenas said Tuesday at an open workout before leaving for next week's training camp. "I'm accustomed to that line, and I know it's hard for NBA players to shoot from that line. We don't practice it. It's either shoot an NBA 3 or drive into the lane, it seems like there is no in-between, so I've been working on it and I've forgotten about the NBA line."

    Arenas and 22 other invitees will train at the camp run by U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski in Las Vegas from July 19-25. Those who make the final roster will play in this year's world championship in Japan.

    "I'm excited, a little nervous," said Arenas, who averaged 29.3 points last season and made the All-Star game for the second straight year. "It's just like when you see rookies come in and they are trying to make a squad. That is how I feel going out there."

    Arenas lobbied to be selected for the roster in part because he doesn't mind the year-round commitment. Arenas works out through the summer anyway, rarely taking a vacation from the gym.

    To reinforce his desire, he gave Krzyzewski a call last week and spoke to the coach for about a half hour.

    "He said he likes my speed and that I can shoot," Arenas said. "He wants to see me play defense--to get out there and pick them up full court--and I am willing to do anything to make this team.

    "I told him, 'You don't have to worry about me. I'm not one of the egotistic players. If you want me to dive on the floor and run into walls, I'll do it.' He can worry about someone else because he won't have to worry about me."

    Even if he makes the team, Arenas realizes the competition for points and playing time will be tough on a squad that could include LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

    "We have scorers; they don't need that from me," Arenas said. "All they need from me is to run the team, run the defense, be athletic and take open shots--and I am willing to do that."

    Way to go gilbert! There is actually no reason to why he shouldn't make it.

  2. Fresh

    Fresh Aw, Here It Goes!

    With determination like this he deserves to make the team. He is an all-star point guard that shouldn't have any trouble making this team. He also excepts the fact that he won't be the go to player, he is just their to contrubute and help the team in any way.
  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I am glad to see him working hard to make the U.S Team, but if he does make the team he has to remember that he can't shoot all the time like he does in Washington, but it's always good to see someone that wants to represent is country with hard work this will pay off.
  4. baltimore

    baltimore Guest

    That's what the Us team needs role players.
    Players that can step and do everythign for the Team not for the stats.
    I'm pretty sure he will make the team
  5. Gustavo

    Gustavo Guest

    I dont see why Gilbert cant make it. He is young and atletic with more potential than many other players. This guy deserves more respect around the league.
  6. RajaB

    RajaB Guest

    i agree gustavo. no one really pays attention to him. i think he is underated. but for sure he will make the nus bal,l team
  7. Xero.Shab

    Xero.Shab Guest

    Yeah Raja, He is definately underrated. He one of the top 5 players in the league in my opinion. He deserves alot of respect.
  8. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I think there's no doubt that Gilbert Arenas will make the USA team. He can score the ball with ease, he's a very a pretty good passer and he's a decent defender.
  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Guest

    Yeah, i would make him backup shooting guard. This guy is wet.

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