So what's supposed to make everyone believe Arenas' "serious" talk this time?
"We've just been a goofball team for a while now, and it's fun when you're winning. But when you're not winning, it kinda looks depressing," said Arenas.
True, true and true.
Arenas continues, "To be honest, I'm a goofball. But when I step inside those lines, it's serious. Some of them don't know how to turn that on and off. I told them, it comes with time. You've got to put your work in in the summer because we're coming at you."
Problem with Arenas is that his genuine attitude is bed-fellows with his erratic nature.
He contests, "I know everyone thinks I'm gonna be this big head case, but I don't fight with anybody, I don't fight with the coaches. I don't say anything, just in the media. I'm just the hype man."
To be fair to Arenas, he is not a head case (necessarily) nor locker room cancer. But most aren't worried that Gilbert will be a disruption.
The issue Gil brushes off his shoulders like dirt is his poor track record of communication, especially with those who tend to be pretty important, such as his coach. Not everyone can wipe out Gilbert's lack of communication like Gil can. Hopefully he'll start off on the right foot with Flip Saunders, keeping the lines wide open.
In a city full of politicians blowing hot air, Arenas' talk is just as cheap as the next; only his actions can rally Wizards fans to support his campaign.