Friday , Nov , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Is Gilbert Arenas Implying the Wizards Are Tanking?

Gilbert Arenas is already thinking about the possibility of a last-place finish for his Washington Wizards — and finding the silver lining.

With Arenas still working his way back from a third knee operation in 1½ years, the Wizards are off to a 1-8 start heading into their game Friday against the Houston Rockets.

"I don’t want to see them struggle," Arenas said Thursday at Madame Tussauds, where his wax figure was unveiled, "but if this is one of those years where we don’t make the playoffs or we finish in last place … that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan and look at them now … and that’s for the better."