Retired NBA player Gilbert Arenas recalls the six loss to LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006. He said the 22-year-old’s words caused him to miss clutch free throws.
Gilbert Arenas, who hasn’t played in the NBA in over a decade, is now better known for his hilarious social media acts. He doesn’t shy away from calling on the organization to favor certain players over others. Although he never had any direct competition with LeBron James, most of the ironic writing was directed at him.
At the peak of his career, the third-placed star was averaging 29.3 points per game. At the age of 24, it is considered that the Witch star rules for important things. In 2006, Gilbert Arenas met LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the first playoffs. He scored 34 points a game in that streak, the highest in the league.
However, Cleveland beat Washington 4-2 and advanced to the knockout stages. Despite being an 80% FT shooter, Gilbert Arenas missed 2 clutch free throws seemingly because of what LeBron told him at the top of the line. That ultimately cost the Wizards that streak and their championship hopes.
Gilbert Arenas Says LeBron James Played Mind Games With Him And It Worked
In his show “No Cold with Gilbert Arenas”, he reveals what LeBron James told him in 2006. “He typed on me and he was like ‘you know if you miss those games,'” Arenas said. “And in that one second, I became human and thought about it. If I miss these, he will win.”
Before making a mistake on the FT line, Gilbert had a great game. He scored 36 points on 50% of his shots and 11 assists. The Wizards are facing elimination and their star has put his best foot forward. But the king’s words clearly had an impact on him.
He recalls after the game how he made 3,000 free throws and decided he wouldn’t waste his career on two missed shots like Nick Anderson. Growing up, Arenas was a fan of the Orlando Magic and was aware of the tragic end to Anderson’s career. In the 1995 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets, he missed two clutch free throws and he couldn’t get past it, which ultimately cost him his career.
“All I think about is Nick Anderson because I’m a Magic fan and I remember what happened.. Then I even went a step further and went to see a man named Frank in San Francisco who trains the special black soldiers of the army you know all things spiritual. ”
That season, however, was the highlight of his career when Gilbert Arenas tore his MCL in 2007 and never again. His NBA career officially ended in 2012.
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