Gilbert Arenas won't have to rely on an injury to another player to get into the NBA All-Star Game this year. He'll be starting.
Arenas received the second-most votes among Eastern Conference guards, behind only Dwyane Wade.
ESPN.com reported that Arenas trailed New Jersey's Vince Carter by over 200,000 votes just 10 days before the voting ended, but rallied to beat Carter by just over 3,000 votes -- the fourth-closest margin in NBA All-Star history.
People must really like the dunk contest, because how anyone could pick Carter over Arenas this season is beyond me.
Also, it's nice to see that no one heeded my request NOT to vote for Shaquille O'Neal, he of only five games played this season. Yep ... he'll be an All-Star starter, too.
Here's Gilbert's thoughts on being voted a starter:
Now what is he going to use for motivation against the league's coaches? I'm sure he'll find something...
The Wizards play the Pistons in Detroit tonight at 8 on Comcast SportsNet. The game will also be shown nationally on ESPN.