Gilbert Arenas Calls Himself the Face of Post-Michael Jordan Wizards, Destroys Kwame Brown: “I Became What You Were Supposed to be in Washington”

Published 01/11/2022, 10:00 AM EST
Michael Jordan of the Washington Wizards


Arguably among the NBA’s biggest legends, Michael Jordan set himself up for success during his playing career. Jordan inspired the Chicago Bulls to glory for the major part of a decade. Later in his career, Jordan also played for the Washington Wizards. A former Wizards player criticized another former teammate for his post-Jordan Wizards career.

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Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas reprimanded Kwame Brown for failing to carry the Wizards after Jordan’s exit. Gilbert recalled how NBA and Wizards universally ridiculed Kwame for his feeble performances for the franchise. He compared Kwame’s poor Wizards career to his own relative successes with the franchise.

Gilbert said, “I’m the face of the franchise. I’m not the captain, Larry Hughes is the captain. Antoine is a captain, I’m just the face and now the number one option scoring. Which I became the All-Star. Now I’m the first All-Star from that draft class. Finished the season off, I became the first All NBA player from that draft class.”

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He added saying, “So while I was becoming a hero, Kwame on the other end was being booed by the city that drafted him. So the truth of why you’re angry is because I became what you were supposed to be in Washington.”

Kwame played for the Wizards between 2001 to 2005. Gilbert partnered Kwame as his teammate between 2003 to 2005. Before Gilbert and Kwame linked up, Kwame played alongside Jordan when the latter played for the Wizards between 2001 to 2003.

Jordan has played for only two franchises during his 15 year NBA career.

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Michael Jordan and the final stages of his career at the Washington Wizards

Michael Jordan arguably won all there was to win in the NBA at the Chicago Bulls. Six NBA titles, six NBA Finals MVPs, five NBA MVPs remain some of his lengthy list of achievements at the Bulls. He spent his final career spell at the Washington Wizards, which remains barely memorable.

Kobe Bryant (8) of the Los Angeles Lakers shares a laugh with Michael Jordan (23) of the Washington Wizards during the game at Staples Center (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

At the Wizards, Jordan was a player and also served as the franchise’s executive. The Wizards never made the playoffs under his stewardship. Jordan was also instrumental in the Wizards’ decision to select Kwame Brown as their first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. However, displaying world-class capabilities, Jordan still averaged 21.2 points at the Wizards in his late thirties.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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