NEW YORK – Gilbert Arenas wasn’t in the mood to talk to the media tonight at Madison Square Garden before his first scheduled appearance of the 2010-11 season. Well, check that, to use the word ‘mood’ is a little bit loaded. He seemed to just rather not adhere to a formal session of manufactured quotes before playing his first real game since January 5, 2010.
He dribbled the ball while sitting in his locker, listened to his headphones, went in and out of the crowded visiting locker room at MSG. No scowls on his face, no menacing glares (at least that I witnessed, for the most part).
Without a Flip Cam or a recorder in his face, I asked him, “Okay, on the scale of 1-10, how excited are you to be playing tonight … for the first time in a while?”
He looked off toward the ceiling in sincere thought, but still couldn’t answer the question.
“You’ve got to be excited, right?,” I asked him. “Or maybe ‘excited’ is not the right word,” I followed.
Arenas seemed to agree, indicating that it’s hard for him to truly get “excited” since the season has already begun.
“I’m just ready to play,” he concluded, with that vintage Arenas smile that’s not quite a smile, but not quite a smirk. Anticipation I would call it.
I think Wizards fans feel the same way … not quite ‘excited’, but definitely ready.
Note: Tonight Arenas will be wearing special edition Air Jordan 9 Retro Bin 23 shoes in white and gold (pictured below).