A Gilbert Arenas

A Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas (/əˈriːnəz/; born January 6, 1982) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies in the National Basketball Association and played overseas in Russia and Turkey.



After a productive college career, Arenas entered the 2001 NBA draft. Despite strong consideration from many teams in the first round, Arenas fell to the second round, being selected with the 31st overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. Arenas would wear the number 0 on his jersey to signify the number of minutes that experts predicted he would play coming from a small high school going to a college powerhouse in Arizona. Arenas started 30 games and averaged 10.9 points per game for the Warriors, who finished in last place in the Western Conference that season. In 2002–03, his sophomore season, 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.

Born in Tampa, Florida, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Arenas was a star at Grant High in Van Nuys and then at Arizona, where he helped lead the Wildcats to the 2001 NCAA Tournament title game before losing to Duke, 82-72. After indications he’d go in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Arenas slipped to the Golden State Warriors, who owned the second pick of the second round. That gave him a chip on his shoulder he’d carry throughout his career, a new number — 00, as in the number of teams that wanted him in the first round — and, later, a classic nickname, Agent Zero. (Source: www.actionnetwork.com)



“When I entered the locker room, I thought I had somehow been transported back to my days on the streets of Racine,” Wizards teammate Caron Butler wrote in his 2015 biography. “Gilbert was standing in front of his two locker stalls, the ones previously used by Michael Jordan, with four guns on display. Javaris was standing in front of his own stall, his back to Gilbert.

The Washington Wizards offered him a six-year, $60 million contract. The Warriors were unable to match this offer because they were over the salary cap and because Arenas was a second-round pick. If Arenas had been drafted in the first round, the salary cap had exceptions that would have allowed the Warriors to match the offer sheet. The "Gilbert Arenas Rule" was later created to allow teams to re-sign restricted free agents who were not first-round picks. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)



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