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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Best rivalry in basketball

Forget North Carolina-Duke or Celtics-Lakers. The best rivalry going has to be Washington's Gilbert Arenas vs. anyone who coached on the USA Olympic basketball team.

Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni was an assistant on that squad under Duke's Mike Krzyzewski as was Portland's Nate McMillian. Already this season Arenas has dropped 54 and 31 points on D'Antoni's Suns as the Wizards split the 2 games. Arenas has called his next game against Portland as his next 50-point game.

All of this has lead to the best one-liner of 2007 (yes it's still early) from D'Antoni. Prior to Tuesday's Phoenix-Washington game, D'Antoni had this to say about Arenas, who still harbors a playful grudge against the U.S. coaching triumverate

"I can't wait to see what Gilbert's going to do against Duke. He's going to kill Duke."


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