Last Saturday, Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have “expressed interest” in signing Gilbert Arenas. On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard confirmed the report, saying the Lakers have “considered the idea” of adding the guard to their roster. On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers had yet to interview or work out Arenas. On Tuesday, via Kevin Ding the Orange County Register, Lakers coach Mike Brown acknowledged that team personnel had “just conversation” about the former Wizard, also confirming that there had been no workout, nor a review of Arenas’ past game video by Brown.
After Monday’s Wizards-Bulls game, I spoke with Nick Young, a good friend of Arenas, about how his former teammate was doing and about his prospects of joining the Lakers.
You said you talk to Gilbert just about every day. How is he doing? Is he just down in Orlando working out?
“Yea, he’s been working out. He said he got the — I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this — but he got that Kobe treatment on his knees…”
[I make some lame joke about the "Kobe System" commercials. -- NOTE: This past June, Kobe Bryant underwent treatment on his knee in Germany. Orthokine Therapy, developed by German doctor Dr. Peter Wehling, also a former physician to Pope John Paul II, involves "centrifuging the patients blood and using the serum as an anti-inflammatory drug." Tracy McGrady reportedly introduced Wehling to Bryant, who in turn recommended the therapy to Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. In addition to a clinic in Germany, Wehling is said to have a small outpost in Los Angeles.]
“Yea, yea… you could say it’s the Kobe System, but he said it feels great, his knees feel great, and he’s been working out. When I seen him last time, he looked like he was in shape. He lost a lot of weight.”
When did you last see him?
“When we went to Orlando the last time we played [the Wizards played the Magic on Orlando on January 4], so he looked like he was in good shape.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in Arenas, have you talked to him about playing for both of you guys’ hometown team?
“Oh yea, oh yea… most definitely. That’s a big thing for him. That’d be real big for the Lakers to add him to their team because they need a guard. They’re young… without [Derek] Fisher on the court – [Darius] Morris, I think — they’re real young at the guard spot.”
[NOTE: Lakers point guard Steve Blake is currently out due to fractured cartilage in his rib cage and has recently been cleared to start running on a treadmill.]
Any other teams that he might fit in with?
“I really don’t know, I just heard really about the Lakers. For him to come back home, that part, I think that would calm him down. I think it’d be good.”
Now, I know he got officially re-engaged this summer… Has he set a wedding date? Are you invited to that?
“He did? Oh yea… I remember that… he told me. I think he’s serious this time, I think he’s serious this time. I talked to… Laura [Govan] was in L.A. a couple times, so I think they’re serious.”
But he hasn’t set a wedding date yet?
“No date yet, no date yet, but I’m going to be up there… I’m probably going to be the best man, you know…. Nah!!”
[Nick laughs and rolls out into the night.]