Part one of Comcast SportsNet's exclusive interview with Gilbert Arenas aired just now, and in it, Arenas discussed the end of his Wizards tenure and what went through his head when the team earned the number one pick. Arenas told Chris Miller that he "couldn't see myself back" with the team after the gun incident last year.
"I thought the end was near when I went through everything. I couldn't see myself back," he said. "There was no way they would let me play for them again. It was basically like I was trying to find every exit to run out of town. They're going to kick me out no matter what, so I figured might as well just run out."
Of course, Arenas did end up playing for the Wizards again, with owner Ted Leonsis publicly stressing the importance of "re-embracing" Arenas. However, Arenas told Miller that he figured he would be let go as soon as someone wanted him.
"Nobody wanted to touch me [then], so I figured I'd play the first 20 games, and then they'd ship me out of there."
Arenas joked that he thought the Wizards would get the number one pick in the lottery "because I need to be replaced." He also said he watched some of Wall's highlights, and joked that "with my image, I can't even compete with him right now."
Earlier in the interview, he described his three-year heyday with the Wizards from 2005 to 2007 as a "rollercoaster" and said he played best when he had "no expectations."
The other five parts will air in the next two days on Comcast SportsNet, at 10 and 11 p.m. tonight and at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday.