Gilbert Arenas has always been a controversial guy. He’s never been afraid to speak his mind, and let everybody know exactly what he thinks about a situation, even if people really don’t like what he says.
He’s made quite some bold statements over the course of time, the latter being about Gilbert Arenas Says Zion Williamson Has No True Skill For The NBA
Zion Williamson’s so-called lack of true skill to compete at the highest of levels, a claim that most NBA fans didn’t care for.
However, ‘Agent Zero’ recently broke down a play that went viral because of how poorly Ricky Rubio and the Utah Jazz tried to defend James Harden in the playoffs, claiming that strategy was just “dumb as f**k”, and explaining why:
“Dumb as f**k... You giving a guy who leads the NBA in free throws made and taken a walk to the basket. What's even dumber... he's left-handed so that means his step-back that no one can stop... is going right. If you wanna minimize his game, push him to his left which is his strength. Dribbling with your strong and pulling up is not natural.
That will take away his step back, it takes away his pull-up, so he has to drive all the way, which u can load up. From that standpoint, he will euro, left/right getting to the middle. Or he will do a running floater off going left which is also unnatural.
Defenders... pushing a player to his weak hand is actually his strong hand for pull-ups/hizzy's/crossovers and step-backs. His strong hand is his get to the basket hand. So in reality, if he can shoot the ball, you giving that player more options.
If he can't shoot then pushing him to his weak hand is a great thing. Knowing he can't pull-up too, you're less likely to go for any fake.
Check the 2nd part:
Camping on his left side is his shooting side. He can't shoot going to his left. It's harder. Going right, all he has to do is step back. That's why he gets so many 4 point plays. Most of the time he gets blocked he's going left trying to step-back because now he has to turn his body back towards the rim.
So if you want him to get tired, force him left because he can't stop so he will just drive and drive and drive. He's a lefty, so his shooting side is going right. A right-handed player's shooting side is going left. You can fade better.
Right-handed players go right, and if you stop them they don't pull up. They do the D-Wade snatch-back because that's the only counter move that's comfortable.
There's only one player in the NBA that is right-handed that can shoot going right better than left and that's JJ Reddick. Oh, and Kyle Korver. They love running going right to shoot. So James going left, he can get his shots off. Goes left, his driving/dunking side.”
You can say whatever you want about Gilbert Arenas, but he’s extremely intelligent, and he was a walking bucket throughout his entire NBA career. Love him or hate him, this break down actually makes a lot of sense, especially coming from a guy that made a living out of torching defenders.
Harden wound up lighting the Jazz up for 29 points, 4 three-pointers, and 10 assists, so perhaps they will try a new approach in game 2 of the playoffs. Still, you can’t stop this guy, you can only hope to contain him, there’s a reason why he was the league’s leading scorer.