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    Default WI: Gilbert's surprise visit to Barry Farms


    I'm not talking right now, but I am playing. (Washington Post File Photo by Jonathan Newton)

    Gilbert Arenas signed the last of about 100 autographs, posed for the last of dozens of photographs, slid on a crisp white T-shirt, slipped into his black Ferrari and snuck off, quietly, into the night. But it was only moments before, when Miles Rawls, commissioner and play-by-play man for the Goodman League, announced -- quite loudly -- before a standing room crowd, "He's back!"


    Rawls was merely stating the obvious, because one only needed a few minutes to watch Arenas at Barry Farms Recreational Center on Friday night to see that the three-time all-star is rounding into shape after three knee surgeries robbed him from most of the past two seasons. Arenas had 35 points, mostly on aggressive drives to the basket. He was surprisingly spry and springy, as he effortlessly attacked the rim for dunks. He had two-handed slams. He had a vicious tomahawk slam. He even dunked on someone. When was the last time you recall seeing Arenas dunking?


    More impressive, he wasn't wearing a knee brace or favoring his leg in any way. The explosion wasn't all the way there, but it was close. After Arenas blew past two defenders to get to the basket and draw a foul, Rawls said, "Gil came out here tonight and I think we can safely say, the knee is fine. Looks like I'm going to have to renew my seats at the Verizon Center."


    Before Arenas attempted his free throws, Rawls, the infamous President Obama trash talker, stopped play to ask Arenas a question. "Hey, Gil. Can you hook me up with Tim Grover? I'm trying to get ready for the old-timers' game. He's got you looking good. Grover's good, huh?"
    Arenas smiled and nodded.

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    And from Mike Jones Washington Times...

    Gil struts his stuff at Berry Farms

    By Mike Jones on Aug. 15, 2009 into Outlet

    By now you've read the news both in this space and others of Flip Saunders' report on a healthy Gilbert Arenas doing his thing in Chicago while training with Tim Grover. Andre Iguodala tweeted that Arenas was "back like he left his black card!", Quentin Richardson seconded the news with a tweet reply "he aint lyin yall!! Thats real!"

    And now I've seen a sneak peak myself, catching Gil in Berry Farms action in Southeast this evening. Agent Zero on Friday afternoon jumped on a plane from Chicago, touched down in the District and came straight to "The Farms" to play in Goodman League action for the first time since having to have a third knee surgery roughly a year ago.

    He didn't disappoint, displaying great explosiveness and impressive leaping ability en route to a 35-point, seven assist night. Arenas' team fell 110-101, and Baltimore's Gerald Brown -- just back from a year of pro ball in Turkey -- finished as high scorer with 41 points. But Arenas fans on hand left the courts with satisfaction, and while flocking to Agent Zero for photos and autographs, they reminded him "you're back now, we need you to get us out of the first round of the playoffs!"

    Arenas took the court to a warm reception, and rode off in his black Ferrari to even more grateful response. (A big reason for this had a lot to do with his taking time for anyone -- adult or child who requested a photo or autograph -- while James earlier in the day while in town for his Nike Tour refused to shake hands with fans or sign autographs, something that was repeatedly pointed out by Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls).

    But anyway... back to how Arenas looked.

    During pregame warmups, he went up so effortlessly for a dunk that a man standing next to me asked if the rims were really set at 10 feet.

    Arenas scored his team's first two points, a step-back jumper off the glass. Later he went between his legs then spun into the lane, shaking his defender and going up for a one-handed jam. He took, and missed, another jumper. Then went back to attacking the hole. The exclamation point of the first half was when Arenas got an outlet pass with time running out and went up for a Karl Malone-style pose dunk.

    The second half was more of Arenas attacking the basket seemingly effortlessly. At one point, he shook his man on the perimeter and went baseline for a reverse layup to bring his scoring total to 25 points and draw the fans to their feet and prompted Rawls (courtside announcer) to boom into the mic, "If there were any doubts about the knee, they have been laid to rest this evening."

    There were times where Arenas' handle didn't look quite as sharp as other times, and there was a spin-move-turned baseline jam that ended up failing with the ball clanking off the front of the rim, but Gil never favored his knee, and wasn't even wearing a brace. The agression with which Arenas played made it clear that he's feeling back to his old self and even better. Following his third surgery, he said he wasn't worried about his game being diminished when he made his comeback because jumping and dunking wasn't really part of his game. But judging by Friday night, those eliments have been added. There was a tomahawk dunk, two two-handed dunks, and he even dunked on an opponent.

    Arenas didn't display his Hibachi shooting touch, but I'm told that was because, ever the crowd-pleasing showman, he wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see: dizzying ball-handling displays finished off by high-flying takes to the basket.

    You have to take the level of competion into account, but one thing's for sure, the Gilbert Arenas on the Berry Farms courts Friday night was much stronger, more aggressive and more explosive than the version of him we saw for those two games late last season.

    I had a camera man from our paper out there getting photos and video of Arenas in action, and I'm waiting to get those to me. As soon as I get them, they'll be loaded here for you to get a peak at what I saw tonight.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblo...t-berry-farms/
    Last edited by JoeG; 08-15-2009 at 12:43 AM.

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    Agent Zero is doing recon and taking down suspects at will. An Advisory will be posted and an APB put out but we all know it was decided a long time ago....

    AGENT ZERO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    Agent Zero is doing recon and taking down suspects at will. An Advisory will be posted and an APB put out but we all know it was decided a long time ago....

    AGENT ZERO!
    Yes!!!

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    Oh man, can't wait to see the footage by Mike Jones.

    RIP Sean Taylor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo View Post
    Oh man, can't wait to see the footage by Mike Jones.
    Me too. I want to see those dunks so badly. Hurry up and release em!!
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    I notice Sam was on hand too. Now that's how you connect with your people! I also loved hearing that Gil wasn't so big headed that he couldn't take time to sign autographs and take pictures. This was put in stark contrast to somebody else whose head has gotten so big his team is gonna need to build a new area just for his head to make it inside.

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    Hee'sss Baaaccckkk!!! Nice to hear Gil continuing to play well, feel a lot more comfortable out there and playing without fear/hesitation really.

    The videos are up btw in the WT blog. Nice 1st play in video 1! And nice jam in video 2!

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    I wish someone who knew how to operate a camera was out there but the videos are up nonetheless and it's great to see Gil in action, even if it is against lesser competition.

    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...enasHoops3.flv

    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...enasHoops1.flv

    Oh and if you check the one that's embedded in the Washington Times one by Jones' photographer you can get a good look at how slim and cut Gil looks. Wow, I'm excited.
    Last edited by Diablo; 08-15-2009 at 11:11 AM.

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    Gil dunking on bamas??? Gil wouldn't even dunk on a breakaway. I kinda liked that about Gil. He got to the basket and always layed it up...or just dropped J after J in opponents face. I'm assuming because of the level of competition he figured he'd throw a few down. Man I cannot wait for us to come out and punish squads. Jason Kidd trying to guard Gil our first game is going to be hilarious. We're going to march into Dallas and march right over the Mavs. It's kind of funny to save but I can't wait to see some vintage Gilbert serving up chcken and some filet when they try and double team him. I pity the fools that are going to try and guard him, then try and guard Caron and Jamison one on one. I'll finally be able to wear my HE'S BAAACK shirt i got with season tickets last year with pride.
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