“Damn! Michael Jordan Plugged Me?”: Gilbert Arenas Talks MJ Making a Call to Arizona and Vouching For Him

Akash Murty
|Published March 17, 2023

Gilbert Arenas is one of the biggest, if not the greatest “What ifs” of all time. The former Washington Wizards guard once did not just destroy Jordan camp playing alongside Michael Jordan, he impressed MJ so much so, that he made a call to Arenas’ college.

It would not sound like something the Bulls’ legend would do. The man barely did anything, going out of his way. That’s not a shot at him in any way.

It is just because of the fact that ‘His Airness’ was a very busy man even in between his retirement(s). It was during his second break from the NBA when he supposedly made a call for a future Wizards star from the Jordan Camp.

Also read: “Losing $10,000 to Michael Jordan…”: James Jordan Almost Ruined Bulls’ 1993 ECF Finals After Encouraging Mj to go to Atlantic City

When Michael Jordan made a call to Arizona for Gilbert Arenas

Arenas might have missed out on playing with Michael Jordan in Washington by a year, but Agent 0 did get to play with him in Jordan Camp back in 1999 when he was probably going to get a redshirt.

In a recent episode of No Chill With Gilbert Arenas, the former 3x All-Star of the NBA who made it to the big stage after getting in the second round in the 2001 Draft, reminisced about the time when he was going to get delayed on his college eligibility, i.e., redshirt.

Arenas recalls that he wasn’t awestruck like “Damn! Michael Jordan plugged me,” rather, he took it as a moral booster and made the most of it. Listen to him narrate the story himself.

Gilbert Arenas had it all but he failed to become a legend

Hunger to score like MJ, a work ethic parallel to Kobe Bryant’s, and skills, athleticism, and physicality too good for a point guard, Arenas had it all.

However, somehow he still ended up with a sub-par career that was a result of several dramas and injuries which didn’t just affect his career graph but also had him retire early from the game.

Also read: “Michael Jordan is my Idol”: Pep Guardiola Pays Respect to MJ While Joking About Julia Roberts Watching Man United

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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