Boston Celtics-hating podcast host shares ridiculous take on Nikola Jokic

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Gilbert Arenas, who made his negative feelings about the Boston Celtics known on his "Gil's Arena" podcast, shared another doozy of an opinion: that the Denver Nuggets two-time MVP, Nikola Jokic, was the "worst MVP in the last 40 years" when he won the award for the first time.

“Their teams were first and second place,” Arenas said of previous MVP winners (h/t Mediaite). “The people who won the MVP, their teams were first and second. When [Michael Jordan] won it, they were seventh in the NBA. That year, he averaged 35 [points], six [assists], five [rebounds], three steals, All-Star MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, scoring title, steals leader. That was an MVP.

“What was the historic part of (Jokic's 2021 MVP win)? There was no historical — ‘Oh, the big almost had a triple-double! Let’s give it to him.’ That’s what the narrative was. A big man almost — not did — almost [averaged] a triple-double and gave it to him when his team record was like that.”

Arenas has been blindly throwing misinformed daggers at NBA institutions to farm engagements for months now. Before he went at the top player in the world, he went at the winningest franchise east of the Mississippi River -- we'll give it to the Los Angeles Lakers, they have as many rings and many more in modern history --, the Celtics, for not having been relevant in the last 30 years.

“Those AAU championships (in the 1960s and 1970s) were really less than the Mickey Mouse (2020 Lakers) one,” Arenas said (h/t “They won all of their championships during an eight-team roster, dog. In the last 30 years, Boston has been irrelevant in basketball history.”

Gilbert Arenas was dead wrong about Boston Celtics before 2023-24 season

When it comes to speaking about the Cs, Arenas cost himself a great deal of credibility before the 2023-24 season when he incorrectly predicted what the best Celtics lineup would be; saying that starting a Jrue Holiday-Derrick White-Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum-Kristaps Porzingis lineup would be no different from the 2022-23 season's lineup of Marcus Smart-White-Brown-Tatum-Al Horford.

“That’s your 5,” Arenas said of a Jrue Holiday-Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum-Horford-Kristaps Porzingis quintet (h/t Basketball Network). “You start doing this small sh**, now you’re smaller at the guard play, you’re small at the four play, then you come in, you can sub in Unicorn and put old a** Horford in. The fu** is the difference from last year?”

Yeah. So much for that.

If Arenas will continue to be wrong, that bodes well for the Celtics this postseason and Jokic moving forward. Those were smart bets anyway, but now Arenas has blessed them with his opposite take.