NBA Rumors: Kobe’s Approval of Gilbert Arenas Is Good for Lakers’ Awful Bench

February 11th, 2012 by Austin Green Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant reportedly reached out to Gilbert Arenas, which is good news for the Lakers and their terrible second unit.

Don't get me wrong, Arenas would be far from a saving grace in L.A. At this point, the 30-year-old is just a shell of the shell of his former self.

He's been banished from two franchises, and after multiple knee surgeries, he's no longer capable of dropping 30 points every night like the days of old. Last year, he was legitimately awful in Orlando, posting career lows in points (8), assists (3.2) and shooting percentage (34.4).

However, as bad as Arenas was, I refuse to believe that all his talent just vanished. It wasn't that long ago when the Hibachi was blowing up scoreboards in every arena he stepped in.

He doesn't have great speed or athleticism anymore, but the dude should still be able to put the ball in the hole. And sadly, even another bad year from Arenas would be better than the current production the Lakers are getting from their bench.

After losing Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom, it was no secret that the Lakers bench was going to struggle. I just don't think anyone thought it would be t ...

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