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Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas in Washington Wizards uniform.
Position Point guard/Shooting guard
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Team Washington Wizards
Jersey #0
Born January 6, 1982 (1982-01-06) (age 26)
Tampa,[1] Florida[2]
Nationality American
High school Grant, Van Nuys, California
College Arizona
Draft 2nd round, 31st overall, 2001
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams Golden State Warriors (2001–03)
Awards 2002-03 NBA Most Improved Player

Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. (born January 6, 1982, in Tampa,[1] Florida[2]) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Washington Wizards. Arenas overcame his modest NBA debut, including being a second-round draft pick, to establish himself as one of the most dominant and clutch players in the NBA. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Tampa redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Ulysses S. Grant High School is a secondary school in the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the east-central San Fernando Valley. ... Van Nuys is a district within the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... 2001 NBA Draft — 27 June 2001 – New York City, New York Kwame Brown became the first high school player to be drafted number one overall in draft history. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Tampa redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ...


Gilbert wears number 0 because a high school coach once told him he would play 0 minutes in college at Arizona.


From the time of his entry into the league, Arenas's popularity soared. He transformed himself from being a relative unknown to being voted by fans as an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference in 2007. Arenas overcame a 213,000 vote deficit at one point to edge out Vince Carter by just over 3,000 votes for the second of the two starting guard spots, the other spot going to Dwyane Wade.[3] Arenas was most often nicknamed "Agent Zero," but has increasingly been referred to as "Hibachi."[4] Both names have quickly become fan favorites in the Washington area. Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...

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Rise to prominence

When he entered the 2001 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona, Gilbert did not seem much of a prospect. Teams in the first round passed on Arenas because he lacked the size needed at the shooting guard position in the NBA and lacked the awareness and ball handling skills of a point guard. With no position solidified and a shaky prospect at best, he went the entire 1st round without being drafted. The Golden State Warriors finally drafted him with the first pick in the second round (31st overall). Although the Warriors did not enjoy much team success during Arenas' tenure with them, he quickly established himself as one of the league's bright young talents. In 2003, his second year in the league, Arenas received the NBA Most Improved Player Award and was named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie-Sophomore game during the NBA All-Star Weekend. After that season, he was one of the most sought-after free agents of the NBA. He signed with the Washington Wizards, reportedly after flipping a coin to decide among several teams, including the Wizards, Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers.[5] 2001 NBA Draft — 27 June 2001 – New York City, New York Kwame Brown became the first high school player to be drafted number one overall in draft history. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... The Rookie Challenge is a competition held during the NBA_All-Star_Weekend on the day prior to the regular All-Star game. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Clippers redirects here. ...


Arenas had a disappointing first season with the Wizards, battling a strained abdominal muscle injury all season. However, Arenas enjoyed great success in his second season in Washington. He teamed up with shooting guard Larry Hughes (22.0 points per game) in 2004-05 to give the Wizards the highest scoring backcourt duo in the NBA and was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game. He guided the team to a 45-win season and its first playoff berth since 1997. Arenas led the team in scoring with 25.5 ppg, and finished seventh in the league in that category. He also finished sixth in the league in steals per game in 2004-05 with 3.24 (Hughes led the league with 3.93 steals per game). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Known for his fierce competitiveness and somewhat unusual behavior, Arenas quickly became a fan favorite in Washington. In the fifth game of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2005, Arenas hit a 16-foot fadeaway as time expired to give the Wizards a 112-110 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards eventually won the series, the franchise's first playoff series victory in more than a decade. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


2005-06 season

Arenas had a career year during the 2005-06 season in which he averaged 29.3 points, which ranked fourth among the scoring leaders, two steals (also fourth), and 6.1 assists per game. Despite his accomplishments, neither fans nor coaches would select Arenas to the 2006 All-Star Game. He was able to get in due to the injury to Indiana Pacers forward/center Jermaine O'Neal. He was also able to get in to the Three-point Shootout However,because Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell was excused due to a family illness. Arenas was the runner up to Dirk Nowitzki in the contest.[6] The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jermaine L. ONeal (born October 13, 1978, in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American National Basketball Association player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers. ... The Three-point Shootout is a National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend contest held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Raja Bell (born September 19, 1976) is a basketball shooting guard who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns, Bell is well known for his defense and 3 point shooting. ... Dirk Werner Nowitzki (pronounced ) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. ...


During the offseason, Arenas said that he was willing to take a pay cut in order to give the Wizards additional money with which to sign available free agents. He has expressed a desire to win a championship with the Wizards.


2006-07 season

It was during this season that Arenas established himself as one of the greatest clutch players in the NBA. On January 10 of the season, Arenas hit a 32-foot buzzer beater to win the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-105. Two weeks later on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day he hit yet another buzzer-beating three pointer to beat the Utah Jazz, 114-111, in a thriller at the Verizon Center. He also hit a game-winning layup as time expired to beat the Seattle Supersonics on March 22, 2007. is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Martin Luther King Jr. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


In an overtime game versus the Los Angeles Lakers on December 17, 2006 at the Staples Center, Arenas scored a career high 60 points, adding 8 rebounds and 8 assists in helping lead the Wizards over the Lakers 147-141. Arenas now holds the Wizards' franchise record for most points scored in a game by an individual. The previous record was held by Earl Monroe with 56 points, achieved in 1968 which was also an overtime game against the Lakers. His 16 points in the extra period also set an NBA record for most points in one overtime period, surpassing Earl Boykins' record by one point.[7] Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California adjacent to the LA Live development. ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Earl Antoine Boykins (born June 2, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. ...


Gilbert became noted during the season for his anger with his snub by Team USA for the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Although Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo and Assistant Coach Mike D'Antoni blamed Arenas's not making the team because of injury, there is evidence that he would not have been chosen anyway due to his scant playing time during preliminaries. Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. ... Jerry Colangelo (born November 20, 1939) is a respected Arizona sports mogul. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ...


Arenas himself has noted that he withdrew from the United States national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship because he felt that assistant coaches Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan had pre-determined the roster even prior to tryouts. Afterward, he stated that he planned on averaging 50 points against their respective teams (Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers). He succeeded at his goal versus power house Phoenix (reportedly eyeing in the direction of Suns' Chairman Colangelo and Suns' coach Mike D'Antoni after making backbreaking shots, including a miraculous scoop shot to send the game into overtime as specifically detailed by the Washington Post on December 23), however, he was held to a lowly nine points in a loss versus Portland. Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... Nathaniel Nate McMillan (born August 3, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


On January 33th, 2007, Gilbert was voted as a first-time starter for the 2007 NBA All-Star game for the Eastern Conference, edging out Vince Carter by a slight margin. 2007 NBA All-Star Game logo The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ...


Towards the end of the season Arenas tore his MCL during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats when Gerald Wallace fell into his leg. The Wizards struggled to finish the season with Arenas and teammate Caron Butler both being injured. Washington earned a playoff berth, but was swept in the first round in a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Gerald Jermaine Wallace (born July 23, 1982 in Sylacauga, Alabama) is a 67 (201 cm) basketball player playing at small forward for the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. His hometown is Childersburg, Alabama, where he was a McDonalds High School All American. ... James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


During the offseason, Arenas told the Washington Post that he would "opt out" of his contract after the 2007-08 season, making him a free agent. He stated, "…if something happens where they don't want me or they're going in a different direction, I can look elsewhere. But my intentions are not to leave."[8] The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ...


2007-08 season

Arenas had only played in 8 games this season, due to a knee injury. However, he started practicing again in May, and returned to action[9]


Ten days prior, Arenas stormed out of the locker room before a game against the Detroit Pistons. He had wanted to play, but his doctor did not give him clearance. Arenas made a surprise return on April 9, 2008, when he came out of the locker room with 5:30 left in the first quarter. He finished the game scoring 13 points & passing out 3 assists in helping the Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 109-95.[9] The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Player profile

Arenas is a prototypical "shoot-first pass-second" guard. He is a highly skilled scorer who has scored at rates of almost 30 points per game (2005-06 regular season average: 29.3), often using his trademark slashing drives to the basket as well as his long-range jumpshot. He is also one of the best ball thieves in the NBA, currently 2nd in the steals category with 63 and 2.0 steals per game (as of January 4, 2007).


His assists per game career average is relatively unremarkable for a point guard at 5.4, and moreover, he is very turnover-prone, as his lifetime TO rate of 3.35 per game proves (he also "leads" the 2006 TO statistics with 3.71 and the previous three years in the top ten). In addition, his on-ball defensive game is still considered below average. Look up Turnover in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


"Gilbertology"

In the Washington, D.C. area, "Gilbertology" is the name given to Arenas's unorthodox behavior on and off the court, first coined by Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan. After being criticized for shooting too much as a point guard, Arenas would play games nearly without shooting at all, and then score at will the next game. Arenas admits that he thrives under criticism, using jersey number "0" because he was told in high school that he would get 0 minutes when playing for the University of Arizona. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Eddie Jordan - NBA head basketball coach of the Washington Wizards - courtesy of Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images Edward Montgomery Eddie Jordan (born January 29, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is the current head coach of the Washington Wizards of the NBA. // Collegiate and pro career Jordan attended Rutgers University in...


While with the Warriors, he once took a shower at half time in full uniform.[10] Before every game he would take a teammate's jersey and hide it in the locker room to make them look for it. Warriors teammate Adonal Foyle called him a "lunatic," and Troy Murphy said he used to lick or put baby powder on donuts he was forced to deliver to the team as a prank.[11] Adonal David Foyle (born March 9, 1975 in Canouan, St. ... Troy Murphy (born May 2, 1980 in Morristown, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player, currently playing power forward for the National Basketball Associations Golden State Warriors. ...


Arenas has been said to play online poker during the halftime of games[12], instead of resting or preparing for the second half. He disputes the accuracy of these stories, saying he was misquoted. Arenas says he does not play for money nor does he play online; instead, he plays on a DVD game of poker. On road trips, he will often eschew team outings on the town in favor of sitting in his room, ordering products from infomercials, such as a colon cleanser.[13] In the same interview he said he preferred sleeping on the couch than on his bed, and that he once ate 12 cheeseburgers while on a road trip with the Wizards in Canada. ... Infomercials are television commercials that run as long as a typical television program (roughly thirty minutes or an hour). ...


At the end of each game, regardless of whether it is a home/road win or loss, Arenas takes off his jersey and tosses it to the crowd. He originally tossed his shoes into the crowd, explaining that jerseys were too expensive for him to pay for every game. After he signed a lucrative contract with Washington, he began to throw his jerseys out. Arenas agreed to become a team captain for the 2005-06 season after declining the previous year because he said that many times he didn't even believe the things he was saying to his teammates. He has recently been given the nickname "The Black President", and calls himself the "East Coast Assassin", in reference to his quest to prove his abilities to those who did not vote for him to be a 2006 Eastern All Star reserve. Arenas has also begun to refer to himself as "Agent Zero", a reference to his jersey number originally coined by sports blog The Wizznutzz. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He also described his ideal shoe commercial like this:

You know how I always throw my jersey into the stands after a game? In Washington, they just go crazy for it. So in this commercial, that's what I'm gonna do with my shoes. I've just hit a game winner, and I throw these shoes. Everyone starts to react, and you see everything in slow motion. Everyone's pushing, shoving, doing whatever it takes to try to get to these shoes. People from the 400 level, they're jumping off the ledge, they're missing the pile, hitting nothing but chairs, and you can just see in people's faces like, Ooooh, that hurt. While all this stuff's going on, one of the shoes pops out of the crowd, and a little girl gets it and she takes off. A couple of people see she has it, and they start chasing her, and she's looking back running—and then she gets clotheslined by a kid in a wheelchair. So he picks the shoe up and says—he's gonna have the only line in there—"They said I couldn't get it. Heh. Impossible is nothing." And then he rolls off.[14]

During the 2003-04 season, Arenas tried to vote himself into the All-Star game, trading a pair of shoes and a jersey for a box of ballots.[4] The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


In October 2006, an ESPN.com story stated that Arenas was converting his Washington, D.C. home to simulate high-altitude conditions, stating that he hoped the arrangement would help him have more energy, especially late in games.[15] For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


When shooting free throws, Arenas is known to spin the ball around his waist and dribble the ball three times before shooting to help him be more relaxed at the foul line. He began this after seeing kids copying Richard Hamilton's free throw technique. In his words "kids always want to see something then copy it. Kids started to copy Richard Hamilton when he made it to the playoffs for the first time. So I said, I might as well make my own up."[16] It has been suggested that Three point play be merged into this article or section. ... Wally Szczerbiak at the free throw line. ... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ...


At the Wizards' first home game of the 2006-07 season (November 4, 2006), during the introductions, Arenas came out wearing a blue robe with a hood, looking like a boxer. He was supposed to resemble a "wizard."[17]


Arenas does not wear size 13 sneakers on the court even though his feet are size 14½, as popularly believed. This was a misquote from an interview. He actually wears shoes a half size larger.[18]


During the 2006 NBA season, he began to shout the word hibachi as he took field goal attempts in games, explaining, "You know, a hibachi grill gets real hot. That's what my shot's like, so I've been calling it that: 'Welcome to the hibachi'." He has also stated that while he is scoring on opponents, he is "cooking chicken and shrimp" in reference to his "Hibachi grill," and that if his opponent wanted to double team him, he would "cook fillet mignon" as well.[19] The hibachi (Japanese: 火鉢, literally fire bowl) is a traditional Japanese heating device. ...


On December 23, 2006, Arenas told The Washington Post he had begun replacing "hibachi" with the phrase "quality shots," a direct reference to Kobe Bryant who had felt Arenas' shot selection was questionable and that he seemingly lacked a conscience. "Out of that whole game I probably took two bad shots," Arenas would respond. "And for me not to have a conscience? You're right. When you're an assassin, you don't have a conscience." Nonetheless, Kobe stated that Gilbert Arenas is one of the most difficult players to guard in the NBA.[20] Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


On January 3, 2007, Arenas hit a very long game-winning three-point shot to beat the Milwaukee Bucks. In a post-game interview, Arenas stated that he did not shout "hibachi" or "quality shots." Rather, he told reporters that "My swag was phenomenal."


On January 15, 2007, Arenas hit yet another game-winning three-point shot to defeat the Utah Jazz. When observing both video clips of the game winning shots, one can see that Arenas throws his hands up signaling a basket before the ball actually falls through the net. Upon leaving the court to chants of "M-V-P!" Arenas said, "MVP? That trophy is given out at the end of the year. This is (37) games into the season so you can't do too much about it."[21] The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


According to Gilbert Arenas's blog, he predicted that he would hit the game winner against the Utah Jazz on January 15, 2007.[22]


On January 23, 2007, when asked about Gilbert's remarks about predicting his next game against Portland, Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni jokingly said, "I can't wait to see what he does against Duke. He's gonna kill Duke."[23] Gilbert then responded by saying that given their soft rims, he'd probably score 84 or 85 points at Duke, and that he'd be willing to give up playing an entire NBA season to play against them. He added, "I wouldn't pass the ball. I wouldn't even think about passing it. It would be like NBA Live or an NBA 2K7 game, you just shoot with one person."[24]. While at Arizona, Arenas played against Duke in the 2001 NCAA National Championship game. He scored 10 points on 4-17 shooting. The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ... Duke Universitys 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils, compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ...


After a team practice, Arenas made a $20,000 bet with fellow Washington Wizard DeShawn Stevenson. Arenas claimed he could make more shots from the college basketball three point distance (approximately 19.75 feet) with one hand than Stevenson could make professional level three-pointers (approximately 23.75 feet) using two hands. Out of 100 attempts, Arenas completed 73 shots. While Stevenson was taking his shots, Arenas attempted to distract him during nearly every shot attempt, including trying to do a street basketball trick(slip 'n slide) involving falling on the floor, throwing another basketball in the air in front of Stevenson's path, throwing an invisible football, and mimicking shooting motions off to Stevenson's side, and break-dancing on the floor, among other acts. Stevenson needed to make his final ten shots just to tie, but only made his first five shots before missing his sixth (meaning Stevenson completed 68 of 96 attempts), leading to Arenas winning the bet and extravagantly celebrating. Arenas added "I hope this don't mess you up for tomorrow" as a parting shot while Stevenson left the court.[25] DeShawn Stevenson (born April 3, 1981 in Fresno, California) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Washington Wizards of the NBA. He originally committed to the University of Kansas, but decided to enter the NBA directly from Washington Union High School in his hometown of Fresno, and was...


On February 18, 2007 during the All-Star game, Gilbert joined a line of dunking Elvis impersonators and completed a between-the legs dunk. According to his NBA.com blog, Shaquille O'Neal promised him $100,000 to his Zer0 2 Her0 charity if he did it.[26] Elvis Impersonators An Elvis impersonator is someone who impersonates or copies Elvis Presley either as a hobby, career in entertainment or occasionally for fun. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Arenas supports Barack Obama for President in 2008, claiming: "Of course we’ll win the election. As long as he has me, we’re winning. We’ll be co-presidents. He can handle all the big stuff like the war in Iraq and all that, and I’ll keep everybody distracted off what he’s doing. I’ll be the entertainer. I’ll do the press conferences. I’ll play the Bush part. I’ll be the golfer, I’ll go golf for 14 hours. I’ll party for half a week. I’ll do that, I’ll have fun with that. And then Barack can handle all that important stuff."


According to his blog, Arenas has said that although he was going to try and go an entire season without making one of his famous predictions, he promised the fans of the new and improved Boston Celtics, that they would lose their season opener against the Wizards[27] Boston went on to win that game.[28] But the Wizards went on to win the season series 3-1.


Personal life

Arenas was raised by his single father in Florida and California after his mother, a drug addict, left him as a child.[29] His paternal great-grandfather was originally from Cuba. He also has two children.


In the summer of 2006, Gilbert Arenas was rewarded in Miami Beach, Florida for supposedly helping the police when they were arresting his teammate Awvee Storey for blocking traffic. However, Arenas said that he had been helping police orders, and claims that he was only sticking up for a friend.Charges against both players were later dropped. Miami Beach is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... Awvee Storey (born April 18, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. ...


On January 5, 2007, Arenas threw a million dollar 25th birthday party for himself which was dubbed "Arenas Express". The party, which was hosted by hip hop mogul P Diddy, was attended by many celebrities and drew national media attention.[30] Arenas is a friend of rapper The Game and was listed in the booklet for The Game's second album The Doctor's Advocate. He also collects a synthetic basketball from each team they play and he collects jerseys of players, and has over 200, most of which are autographed.[13] Arenas is an avid Halo player—his Gamertag is Agent Arenas—and officially sponsors Team Final Boss, a professional Halo 3 team.[31][32] However to the chagrin of many gamers he exploits a glitch in Xbox Live, artificially boosting his Halo 3 rank through dummy accounts.[33][34] In 2007, Arenas was chosen as the front cover model for video game NBA Live 08 sporting his "good luck" Wizards alternative jersey. "This is a dream come true," he said. "I'm a huge gamer and have been playing NBA LIVE since 1995. I never imagined that I would see my face on the cover of an EA Sports videogame."[32] is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American entertainment mogul, record producer, actor and rapper. ... Jayceon Terell Taylor (born November 27, 1979 in Los Angeles,[1] California), better known by his stage name The Game, is a multi-platinum American rapper signed to Interscope Records. ... The Doctors Advocate is the forthcoming sophomore album by West Coast rapper The Game. ... Team Final Boss is a professional Halo 3 team which competes in Major League Gaming (MLG). ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... This article is about the video game series. ...


Arenas donated $100 for every point he scored in each home game during the 2006-07 season to local D.C. area schools, while Wizards team owner Abe Pollin is matching that contribution for each away game. He also mentors a D.C. boy who lost his family in a fire at age 10. Arenas takes him shopping, bowling, got him a job as a ball boy for the Wizards, and acts as a brotherly figure towards him.[11] Abe Pollin (born December 3, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the current owner of the NBAs Washington Wizards, and former owner of the NHLs Washington Capitals and WNBAs Washington Mystics. ...


Arenas also has his own shoe, the Adidas Gil Zero.[26] This article is about the company. ...


Arenas now resides n Virginia with his beautiful MoCo Hunnie wife, Ashley, and their two children.


Awards/honors

  • 3-time NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007
  • 3-time All-NBA:
  • Second Team: 2007
  • Third Team: 2005, 2006
  • NBA Most Improved Player Award: 2003
  • NBA All-Star Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP: 2003
  • NBA regular-season leader, minutes played: 2006 (3,384)
  • Holds Washington Wizards franchise record for most three-point field goals made, all-time with 734 (as of the 2006-07 NBA season).
  • NBA Player of the Month for the month of December 2006. Averaged a league-high 34.1 points per game during December.
  • NBA 3 time Player of the Week 06-07 season.
  • Holds Washington Wizards franchise record for most points in a game (60 against the Los Angeles Lakers).
  • Cover Player of NBA Live '08
  • 2007 Weblog Award for Best Celebrity Blogger[35]

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Career records

  • Career high scoring 60 points on December 17, 2006 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (breaking Earl Monroe's franchise record of 56 on February 13, 1968).
  • Career 50+ point games (regular season): 3
  • Career 40+ point games (regular season): 26 (25 with Washington)
  • Career triple-doubles (regular season): 3
  • Career 40+ point games (Playoffs): 1

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NBA records

  • Most points (16) in one overtime period. Set on December 17, 2006 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Most points scored in only 30 minutes since the creation of the shot clock. (46 points)

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References

  1. ^ a b Arenas still looking over his shoulder, by Linda Robertson - Miami Herald
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Fred. "Gilbert Arenas: The Assassin", The Washingtonian, 2006-11-01. Retrieved on 2007-02-18. 
  3. ^ Turner Network Television, NBA Tip-Off, Air Date January 25, 2007
  4. ^ a b Gibbons, Liz. "BASKETBALL; Playing With a Gleam in His Eye", The New York Times, 2007-01-05. Retrieved on 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ http://www.dcsportsfan.com/Sports/NBA/default.aspx?ArticleID=764
  6. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/basketball/nba/02/18/bc.bkn.all.star.3.point.ap/index.html
  7. ^ http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20061219-123754-5995r.htm
  8. ^ ESPN - Arenas says he'll opt out of deal after 2007-08 season - NBA
  9. ^ a b Dramatic entrance, reverse layup mark Arenas' return to Wizards</However, Gilbert has always lived in Lebron James' shadow and continues to be in his shadow b/c he will never be half as good as the King. Gilber consistently talks trash on his blogs and never backs it up on the court. Whereas, Lebron does not talk trash and lets his game speak for itself. Gilbert will never be Lebron so he needs to stop pretending and realize there is only one King, and his name is not Gilbert!ref> on April 2, 2008 against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 17 points in a 110-109 home loss.<ref>[http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=280402027 Milwaukee @ Washington recap, April 1, 2008]</li> <li id="cite_note-9">'''[[#cite_ref-9|^]]''' http://kfba.net/WebModules/Players/Player.aspx?PlayerID=81</li> <li id="cite_note-wapo-gilbertology-10">^ [[#cite_ref-wapo-gilbertology_10-0|<sup>'''''a'''''</sup>]]&#32;[[#cite_ref-wapo-gilbertology_10-1|<sup>'''''b'''''</sup>]] {{cite news |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12185-2005Apr23.html |title=Wizards Learn to Love 'Gilbertology' |first=Michael |last=Lee |publisher=[[Washington Post]] |date=[[2005-04-23]] |accessdate=2007-02-18 }} </li> <li id="cite_note-11">'''[[#cite_ref-11|^]]''' [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15112600/ Arenas’ house converted to ‘Colorado altitude’ - NBA - MSNBC.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-esquire-12">^ [[#cite_ref-esquire_12-0|<sup>'''''a'''''</sup>]]&#32;[[#cite_ref-esquire_12-1|<sup>'''''b'''''</sup>]] {{cite news |title=The Pathology of Gilbert Arenas |url=http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2006/061005_mfe_November_06_Gilbert.html |first=Tom |last=Chiarella |publisher=Esquire |date=November 2006 |accessdate=2007-02-18 }} </li> <li id="cite_note-dcist-gilbert-13">'''[[#cite_ref-dcist-gilbert_13-0|^]]''' {{cite web | last = Gustafson | first = Kyle | date = [[October 13]], [[2006]] | url = http://www.dcist.com/archives/2006/10/13/thats_just_gilb.php | title = "That's Just Gilbert Being Agent Zero" | format = blog | work = DCist.com | publisher = [[Gothamist]] LLC | accessdate = 2007-04-13 }}</li> <li id="cite_note-14">'''[[#cite_ref-14|^]]''' [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2610922 ESPN - Arenas sorry for Team USA vent; thins air in house - NBA<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-15">'''[[#cite_ref-15|^]]''' [http://www.nba.com/wizards/news/art_of_the_free_throw.html WIZARDS: Art of the Free Throw<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-16">'''[[#cite_ref-16|^]]''' http://dc-wizards.blogspot.com/2006/11/ill-let-picture-do-talking.html</li> <li id="cite_note-17">'''[[#cite_ref-17|^]]''' SoleCollector Magazine Interview, January 2007</li> <li id="cite_note-18">'''[[#cite_ref-18|^]]''' Associated Press (2006). [http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap?gid=2006120127 NBA - Charlotte Bobcats/Washington Wizards Recap]. Published December 1, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2006.</li> <li id="cite_note-19">'''[[#cite_ref-19|^]]''' http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/16308646.htm</li> <li id="cite_note-20">'''[[#cite_ref-20|^]]''' [http://philadelphia.comcastsportsnet.com/view_content_0p.asp?ID=43458 Welcome to Comcast SportsNet<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-21">'''[[#cite_ref-21|^]]''' [http://www.nba.com/blog/gilbert_arenas.html NBA.com NBA.com Blog: Gilbert Arenas<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-22">'''[[#cite_ref-22|^]]''' http://www.examiner.com/a-522437~Suns__coach_D_Antoni_on_Arenas___He_s_gonna_kill_Duke_.html</li> <li id="cite_note-23">'''[[#cite_ref-23|^]]''' [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2743071 ESPN - Arenas says he'd score '84 or 85' against Duke - NBA<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-24">'''[[#cite_ref-24|^]]''' [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn6O42a5vl8 YouTube - Gilbert Arenas vs. DeShawn Stevenson<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-nbablog-25">^ [[#cite_ref-nbablog_25-0|<sup>'''''a'''''</sup>]]&#32;[[#cite_ref-nbablog_25-1|<sup>'''''b'''''</sup>]] [http://www.nba.com/allstar2007/players/arenas_blog.html NBA.com: Gilbert Arenas’ All-Star Blog<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-26">'''[[#cite_ref-26|^]]''' [http://www.nba.com/blog/gilbert_arenas.html NBA.com NBA.com Blog: Gilbert Arenas<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-27">'''[[#cite_ref-27|^]]''' [http://cbs.sportsline.com/nba/gamecenter/recap/[email protected] Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, National Basketball Association, Washington Wizards - CBSSports.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-28">'''[[#cite_ref-28|^]]''' [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/28/AR2006102800830.html The Psychic Scars That Shaped an NBA Star - washingtonpost.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-29">'''[[#cite_ref-29|^]]''' [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2007-01-06-notebook_x.htm Notes: D.C. celebrates Arenas' 25th birthday; Hawks add Dijon Thompson - USATODAY.com<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-30">'''[[#cite_ref-30|^]]''' [http://www.sportsgamer.com/content/189/gilbert_arenas_talks_adidas_nba_live_07_and_halo/ SportsGamer.com : Gilbert Arenas Talks adidas, NBA Live 07 and Halo<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-nbalive-31">^ [[#cite_ref-nbalive_31-0|<sup>'''''a'''''</sup>]]&#32;[[#cite_ref-nbalive_31-1|<sup>'''''b'''''</sup>]] [http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3159089 EA Drafts Gilbert Arenas for NBA Live 08]</li> <li id="cite_note-32">'''[[#cite_ref-32|^]]''' [http://kotaku.com/gaming/rumor/update-nbas-arenas-a-big-fat-halo-cheater-309872.php/ UPDATE: NBA's Arenas a Big, Fat Halo Cheater<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-33">'''[[#cite_ref-33|^]]''' [http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/10/is_gilbert_cheating_at_halo.html Is Gilbert Cheating at Halo? - D.C. Sports Bog<!-- Bot generated title -->]</li> <li id="cite_note-Weblog_Awards-34">'''[[#cite_ref-Weblog_Awards_34-0|^]]''' {{cite web | last = | first = | url = http://2007.weblogawards.org/polls/best-celebrity-blogger-1.php | title = Best Celebrity Blogger - 2007 Weblog Awards | format = | work = | publisher = | accessdate = November 9 | accessyear = 2007}}</li></ol></ref>

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See also

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Preceded by
Jermaine O'Neal
NBA Most Improved Player
2002-03
Succeeded by
Zach Randolph
Persondata
NAME Arenas, Gilbert Jay, Jr.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American professional basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH January 6, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH Florida
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Gilbert Arenas at AllExperts (1107 words)
Gilbert Jay Arenas (born January 6, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player of Cuban and African-American descent currently with the NBA's Washington Wizards.
Gilbert agreed to become a team captain for the 2005-06 season after declining the previous year because he said that a lot of the time he didn't even believe the things he was saying to his teammates.
Gilbert Arenas wears the number 0 on his jersey because that is how many minutes his critics said he would play for his college team, the University of Arizona.
User Reviews and comparison blog on Gilbert Arenas - Sports Personalities by RAGHUBHAI on MouthShut.com (744 words)
Gilbert enjoyed great season of 2004-2005 averaging 25.5 points game 5 asists, 1 steals and 4 rebounds a game, he teamed up with shooting guard larry hughes who scored 22 points a game that season and was leader in steal as well in that season.
arenas again took his team to the playoffs in 2006, they lost to the cleveland cavaliers, arenas averaged 35 points a game in the playoffs, he is currently leading everyone in points in the playoffs, even though his team lost, nobody has yet toped 30 points a game in the playoffs.
Gilbert is yet to have a name like people call michael jordan, mj or air jordan, tracy mcgrady t-mac, kevin garnet k.g, but he was recently given a name called president he plays for washington d.c.
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