At one point in my life, I was hands down the biggest Gilbert Arenas fan on the planet. There was no question about it. It was borderline (or past borderline) weird and obsessive. My closet full of old Arenas jerseys can attest to this. I used to cut out newspaper articles about Gil and keep them. I bought his shoes, his clothes, and read every little thing I could about him on the Internet. I pretended to be him when I was out on the court dropping Daggers on fools. I drew a “zero” on the back of my softball jersey so I could be like Gil. One time, I set my alarm for 2:00 in the morning so I could win a signed shoe and jersey through his website — and was successful. My MySpace page was really just a homage to Gilbert with way too many photos, videos, and this song that played when you went to the page — basically because I was googling ZERO IS MY HERO, and eventually found it.
So now that we have established I was a deranged fan, we can move on to the rest of this post.
Gilbert Arenas’ time in DC was special to me. It helped bring me back to the game I love, and back to rooting for the hometown team I remember watching as a kid. Sure the Arenas Era didn’t end up producing the results we all wanted, and his time in Washington couldn’t have ended in a worse fashion, but I still believe the times of watching him dominate and the memories I have are worth remembering from time to time.
I still believe we should pay homage to ol’ Gil when we can. And what better way to do it than to look at a collection of videos explicitly displaying Arenas at his best: knocking down shots before the buzzer.
Ranging on the Cavs (4-19-08)
Deep threat with ease. I know, not “technically” a buzzer beater.
vs. New Jersey (10-20-09)
No big deal.
If my memory serves me correctly, he actually hit another buzzer beater to end the 2nd quarter from just inside half court.
vs. Cleveland in the 2006 Playoffs
This shot resulted in a few too many man-hugs with my friend Brett. The buzzer beater put the game into overtime, but unfortunately we all know how it ended.
vs. Seattle (3-21-07)
This one literally resulted in waking up my girlfriend’s (now wife) mother due to me celebrating.
vs. Milwaukee (1-3-07)
Remember my friend Brett from earlier? He was thrown over the couch during mid-man-hug celebration.
vs. Utah (1-15-07)
I remember watching this one at my house by myself. I ended up jumping up and running around the room in circles, and then after I realized there was nobody there to man-hug, I continued running around in circles for several more minutes.
*SIDE NOTE: This ended one of THE best months of basketball I have EVER seen from any one player. On December 17, 2006 Arenas scored 60 points vs. the Lakers in LA, out-dueling Kobe Bryant while scoring 16 points in OT. Five nights later he dropped 54 points in Phoenix, beating a team that was riding a franchise record 15 game win streak into that game. January 3rd, 2007 was the Bucks game above where Gilbert scored 32 points, including the game winner. He then poured in 51 points against Deron Williams and the Jazz on January 15, 2007, including this dagger game winner below. That was an incredible 30 days of basketball.