Gilbert Arenas was talking tough in the preseason about facing the remodeled Celtics. Writing to fans in his NBA.com blog, Arenas said “you might as well just cheer for me, because Boston isn’t winning in Boston for the season opener. I’m sorry.”
“On November 2nd, we’re going to go into that building, we’re opening up Boston,” Arenas wrote. “Right now I’m telling the Boston fans: You guys are going to lose. It’s not going to be a victory for Boston.”
On the eve of the Wizards-Celtics game, though, “Agent Zero” took much of the steam out of his rhetoric.
When The Washington Times caught up with Arenas after the Wizards lost their season opener at Indiana on Wednesday, all Arenas would say was “Nah, I’m not making any predictions.”
Later, in his Wednesday blog posting, Arena addressed the matter again while playing up his own appearance at FleetCenter.
“When I said we were going to beat the Celtics on November 2, was that really a prediction? I don’t think I wanted to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to play Boston and we’re going to lose!’ ” he wrote. “Agent Zero is coming in the building. I’m back. I know all you Boston fans are going to want to go to see Kevin Garnett, but y’all are going to see him 41 games.
“You’re only going to see me twice! Me and my handsome self. I got a fresh cut for the Boston and Indiana fans. Break out the Arenas jerseys. I’m coming to town.”