Gilbert Arenas says Heat have some of best-looking cheerleaders in NBA: ‘You’re calling timeouts just to look at the performance’
Gilbert Arenas recently had a wild take on the Miami Heat, saying their cheerleaders are some of the most attractive in the league.
The former star point guard appeared in an interview with VladTV and covered various topics including cheerleading.
“There are only a few teams that have cheerleaders good enough that you want to take seriously,” he said. “You have Miami, Atlanta.”
The three-time All-Star hinted that players of his day enjoyed watching the Heat’s cheerleaders perform during timeouts.
“Nobody is calling a timeout in Utah to watch the dancers,” Arenas added. “Miami, you’re calling timeouts just to watch the performance. Like, ‘Oh wait, timeout, let’s watch.'”
Even about a decade after his retirement from the NBA, Arenas continued to make headlines because of his comments.
Some of his recent remarks may seem insulting, given that he kind of objectified the dancers. Of course, the performers aren’t just there to serve as eye candy for players. They are responsible for thrilling the crowd and further enhancing their team’s advantage on the pitch.
Over the years, Miami has enjoyed home turf dominance for many seasons. The Heat haven’t been dominant at home this season, but they do have a winning record (11-8) in such games. Having a below-average road record (8-10) resulted in a poor standing for Miami.
The Heat are just 19-18 with nearly half of the 2022-23 regular season over. Their record puts them 7th in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs started today, Miami would be fighting for its life in the play-in tournament to try to qualify for the playoffs.
Hopefully things will improve for the Heat. Fans are hoping the team will continue to move up the Eastern Conference playoff table. The Heat are currently one of the hottest teams in the conference, having won seven of their last 10 contests.
However, the team’s next set of games might prove to be tough as it will feature clashes against multiple contenders. Over the next few weeks, Miami will face teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.