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Big 3 back in D.C.: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison reunite

The energy in the building was palpable. The Big 3: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison were together once again at Capital One Arena to be honored in front of the Wizards community.

The trio played together for a handful of years in the early 2000s, earning playoff berths three times and making it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals once. Arenas was an All-NBA player for three consecutive seasons with the Wizards from 2004-2007 and is one of the most renowned bucket-getters of his generation. Butler was a 2x All-Star forward who averaged 19 points per game during his Wizards tenure. And Jamison was a 2x All-Star who averaged nearly 21 points and nine rebounds during his time in D.C.

Together, they were a nightmare for opposing defenses and were the catalyst for an entire generation of Wizards fans. Friday night was their night.

The Big 3 spoke with the media prior to the game against Miami, and they picked up right where they left off -- it looked like they'd been with each other this whole time.

"It's everything," said Butler when asked what it meant to get back together with those guys. "Now having Gilbert back where he belongs, it's only right. It feels special."

This was the first time since Arenas left the Wizards that he's been back with the team, and it was an emotional moment for him. Arenas means a lot to the DMV and its hoops history, so having him back felt like a natural fit.

"The love has just been unreal. Like I'm still averaging about 30," Arenas said with a smile.

Fans were ready to welcome the Big 3 to D.C., but Throwback Night had a couple of nice surprises in store as well. The legendary broadcast duo of Phil Chenier and Steve Buckhantz got back together again and were celebrated by fans on the jumbotron. And finally, during a timeout in the second quarter, old-school Wizards mascot G-Man made his triumphant return to the court with a razzle-dazzle dunk off a trampoline.

It was a truly special night for the Big 3, current Wizards players, coaches, staff, fans, and the entire DMV basketball community -- one that people won't soon forget. And in case you were wondering, Agent Zero is still the same old Agent Zero.

"My swag is still phenomenal," said Arenas laughing as he closed the media availability.