Ariza, Bruh: A Chill Life From Beyond the Arc Speaks After Playing Jazz
Trevor Ariza has been on FIYA! Don’t ask him about it, though. He’s just chillin’ Chilliza. Ariza, bruh.
With 144 made 3-pointers so far this season, Ariza is four made 3s from passing Antawn Jamison (177) for sixth-most in franchise history. He’s 15 3s from passing both DeShawn Stevenson and Tracy Murray (158 each) for fourth-most in franchise history. And then, our buddy Gilbert Arenas: 199 3-pointers in 2005-06, 205 3s in 2004-05, and 205 3s again in 2006-07. [via BBR]
Not only that, but Ariza has hit 26 out of his last 40 3-point attempts (65%!). Ariza and Paul George are also the only NBA players so far this season with at least 140 made 3s and 100 steals. Furthermore, Ariza is just the 34th player in the last 10 NBA seasons (since 2004-05) to reach that 140-plus 3-pointers and 100-plus steals mark.
Against the Utah Jazz in a win on Wednesday, Ariza shot 4-for-6 from deep. After the game, when told he was ‘moving up the charts’ of the top 3-point shooters for a season in Washington franchise history, Ariza responded, somewhat bashful, somewhat baffled:
“Um, just a lot of work, that’s all. Just trying to help this team get better. Trying to help this team get to the playoffs and try to make some noise. That’s it.”
When asked about ‘the tape’ and ‘footwork’ and what-had-happened that made his stroke so sweet, Ariza let these words drive out of his mouth at two miles per hour so everybody sees you:
“No, just shooting the ball a lot, that’s all. A lotta, lotta, a lot of reps, before practice, during practices. My off days, just getting into the gym and shooting.”
Don’t ask Ariza about memories, just maybe ask him about the now, or at least the very recent.
A more full viewing of Ariza’s post-game media session is probably appropriate, so your 150 seconds of Bruh Ariza can be found below. (Oh, and he just had to say “pause” at the end — on the wrong side of history with that one, Mr. Ariza.)
Otherwise, like Tommy from Martin,
Mr. Ariza is off today.