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In yesterday's links I referenced Gilbert Arenas calling out the Celtics. Of course I was excited about it. Losing teams don't get called out. Yet upon further review his prediction needs its own post. Check it out here. I particularly enjoyed his explanation of why he hates the Celtics organization,

"Now, if anybody remembers back when I got drafted, I got a report back that the reason I dropped so far in the draft was that Jim O'Brien of the Celtics said that I was too immature and that I wasn't ready for the NBA. What really happened was that I had an Achilles injury and I went back to L.A. to go get it healed when I was supposed to have a two-day workout in Boston with O'Brien. He didn't like that. So word came back to me that he was trashing me and it put this knife through my chest about the Boston Celtics."

I'm also a fan of this bold statement,
"It's not going to be a victory for Boston. You might as well just cheer for me, because Boston isn't winning in Boston for the season opener. I'm sorry."

This is important for several reasons:

  1. Arenas originally vowed to go prediction free all year. He didn't even make it through the first week of the pre season.
  2. I like the fact that he still holds a grudge against the Celtics, even though Jim O'Brien is long gone.
  3. Notice how Arenas is not calling out the Pacers organization. That's probably because O'Brien is "dedicated to the game of basketball - at a level that's downright scary."