NBA free betGilbert Arenas
Quite simply,Gilbert Arenasis the firstblog superstar.Beginning in October 2006, Gilbert started to entertain fans with more than his scoring and jersey tossing on the court, but with an inside look into his whirlwind life with witty insights in his weekly posts on NBA.com. His Agent Zero Blog File was there for his scoring predictions, his 25th birthday bash and his All-Star experience in Vegas and continues to be considered the top blog of any pro athlete today.
Posted by Gilbert Arenas onOct. 30 2007, 4:30 p.m. ET PERMALINK
Scores for SchoolsI just had myScores for Schools event. I usually have a raffle for schools that are participating in it. Last year it was 183 total schools, this year it was actually 248 schools. I have 41 home games andAbe Pollintook over 41 games, the other half, for the road games. So what happens is for every point I make, I donate $100 dollars to the school that Im shooting for that night. We had a good turn out and the crowd was hyped, everyone was going crazy and the kids was loving it and I didnt want any of the kids going home sad because their school didnt get picked so I decided for the remainder of the schools that didnt get picked I was going todonate $1000 each to their schools.
It was just great that they took the time to draw up signs for me. Thats what its about; the kids that are in school. You try to better their chances of making it in life. Its a community thing. I think every athlete should give back to schools. I know athletes donate and have things that they give charity to, but, at the end of the day, its the younger generation that we need to be helping.
Take My Name Out of the RumorsFor the last couple weeks people have been calling me saying, Are you coming back to L.A.?
Why would I be coming back to L.A.? Dont you know the season is getting ready to start?
And theyre like, No, theyre talking aboutyou and Kobe getting traded for each other.
And Im like, Oh, thats whats up. Sounds nice NOT.
Nothing against getting traded, but that would be a dumb thing on the part of the team who is accepting me because, dont they know Im a free agent? What that means is, if you lose somebody who you really want and you come get me back and I leave too TA-DAH! That means you have nothing.
So take my name out of it because whoever gets me, there aint a guarantee that Im staying.
Yall go ahead and take my name out. To all of my friends back home who want me to become a Laker: If you have NBA LIVE 08 you can fantasy draft me, because otherwise I dont think thats happening any time soon.
Just Stay in the West, KobeI try not to look at the Western Conference teams. I do want to see how Kobe responds to all these trade rumors. I want to see if hell go out there and play his game or if hes going to go out there and play the Im getting traded game. I wont really be able to tell based on tonights game though. Its still the opener. A guy like him, hes going to play team ball at the beginning, but when the season gets going on though and they need some wins, thats when what I call excellence kicks in.
Personally, I really dont mean to be selfish about the whole trade thing, but personally I hope Kobe stays on the West because if he comes here, that takes away from me and All-Star appearances.
We already got rid of A.I. from the Eastern Conference and sent him to the West, so now its me and Dwyane Wade at the starting guards. If Kobe comes, who does that hurt? Come on Commissioner Stern, please? Whatever deal has Kobe coming East, just say, No thank you. Keep him on the West for me. I mean Im an All-Star starter now, getting voted in by the fans. If you look at Kobes votes, he is leading the league in votes. That only hurts me if he comes here. Come on Kobe, I understand you want to come East but go ahead and stay on the West. Look out for your No. 1 fan.
Big Three vs. Big ThreeWhen I saidwe were going to beat the Celticson November 2, was that really a prediction? I dont think I wanted to say, Hey, were going to play Boston and were going to lose! Agent Zero is coming in the building. Im back. I know all you Boston fans are going to want to go to see Kevin Garnett, but yall are going to see him 41 games. Youre only going to see me twice! Me and my handsome self. I got a fresh cut for the Boston and Indiana fans. Break out the Arenas jerseys. Im coming to town.
I mean, when you look at that Celtics team, thats a powerful team on paper. Once those guys get going, youre in trouble. You cant guard that team on paper. You still have to play the games. But with Kevin Garnett, the way hes playing, youve seen some of the stats. He hit a triple-double once and he was one rebound and one assist away from a triple-double the game before that. So once them guys get their niche, theyre going to be a good team. But November 2 for them, thats going to be truh-bull. Trouble.
My HealthIm at about 92 percent. Maybe 90 percent. Thats good enough for me right now. Once you get your knee drained it takes a while for it to effectively heal. Im ready to go. Ive been icing it. Ive been working out every day and going 100 percent every day.
State of the Wizards AddressWere off to a good start. You never want to start off slow and for the last couple years weve been starting off our season slow and having to play catch-up. Which were comfortable doing, but now its like you dont have a weaker Boston team or a weaker Orlando team or stuff like that. You have powerhouses now who are pretty darn good like your Torontos. Those are games where you used to say, OK, we can make up ground on these games, and those games just arent out there anymore.
Just Like the First Day of SchoolRight now Im just going to be getting ready for Game 1. Its going to be exciting. Most likely Im going to be staying up all night. I dont know why I do it. You sit there going through moves in your head of what youre going to do in the game and they never actually work out that way. But you do it anyway. Last year I was 2-for-11 on Opening Night and I was up till four in the morning the night before working on my ball handling. I dont know why.
I just got to go out there and just play. Thats all it is. Its just like going back to school, thats how I look at it. A lot of people compare it to Christmas morning No, its like going back to school. Youre so excited to see new faces and I look at the first day of the basketball season like everyone feels like this is going to be a new year for them. All the players that fans give up on and say that they dont love the game anymore, they still love it on Opening Night. They get a fresh start to life again.
Read ThisMike Wise did another great job capturing the basketball side of my life coming into this league. I know what he does gets personal, but if its a good read, its a good read. Im loving what hes doing because its the truth. Thats what writing stories is about, no matter how deep you get. You dont want to sugarcoat somebodys life. You want to say, This is what his life was and this is where he is now. So anybody who wants to read it,you can find it here.
Gazo the Pranksta UpdateFor the cartoon that everyones been in tune with and everyones been patiently waiting for information about, Im telling you that on Saturday, November 10 (because you know, I have to give everybody a fair opportunity) at 9 a.m. Western and 12 oclock Eastern, go to youll be able to submit your video just like youre trying out forAmerican Idolor any other one of them silly shows. Its the same thing. Theyre going to give you lines to read and you should give it all you have because you never know what you have in you. No matter what kind of voice you have, if you think its unique, you know Im a funny guy so you might think your voice is whatever but to me, I might catch something I like from it. Theyre going to have lines and theyre going to have catch phrases in there just to give me a variety of things that I can work with.
Posted by Gilbert Arenas onOct. 20 2007, 1:00 p.m. ET PERMALINK
Man, Im Shooting 4-for-24In six months the hibachi grill hasnt been heated up. It takes a while for the grill to get back cooking again. Its like riding a bike. Once you start riding again, its all good, but right now Im rusty. Im trying to get the rust off my bike chain.
Truthfully, Im playing like terrible trash right now. I dont want to make an excuse, but the rims are broken in every arena Im playing in.
Im Wearing a Leg SockIm wearing it on my leg for compression. Its not like the one A.I. has on his arm because A.I. wears that for fashion. Im just trying to keep the blood circulating when I come off the court to the sideline. I just want to keep the blood flowing throughout my knee. I might wear it all year, it depends. Some of these arenas are cold. Can you please take the hockey teams out of basketball arenas? Basketball is not supposed to be played on ice. Im sorry. I dont know if its just me, but I hate going to arenas where its 60 degrees outside and its 50 degrees inside. That is not a sport. Ice Basketball is not a sport. The coldest arena is Phoenix, youd be surprised. The city is hot so they keep the gym cold. Why have hockey inside a basketball arena?
The Real Big ThreeOur Big Three is just trying to get back in sync with each other because we havent played together since April 2. Were just trying to get our mojo back and get our confidence back so when we start off this season we can compete with that other Big Three thats out there trying to take our crown away from us. Caron is healthy. He just had a hand injury, thats easy to come back from.
Racking Up the DNPsI sat outlast nightbecause I drained my knee on Wednesday to get the fluid out. It hurt a little bit. They shot the needle in me to put the numbing medicine in and then they went and drained it and then they put some cortisone in to break up whatever is in there so I can get ready for the season. Then I missed thegame in Phillybecause of my toe. Its a phobia I have. Its one of the phobias that gives me the Gilbertology or whatever you want to call it. When I was little, whenever I got out of the shower I never wanted to touch the floor because once you touch the floor your feet are dirty again. So in the shower I used to put my socks on already without drying them off. And I had to have a new pair of socks every day. Every time I take a pair of socks off, I have to put a new pair on. A brand new pair. Since I was little I always needed a brand new pair of socks. So I had no clothes, but I had a million pairs of socks. So anyway, what happened in Philly was I was starting to get athletes foot from all the moisture that collected from putting my slippers on around the house as soon as I got out of the shower. It started aching me so I had to sit out and let them dry for two days. Its one of those weird, kind of nasty stories like, Ugh, nobody cares about your toes, but it sat me out a game.
Funny StoryA fan sent a pair of hisgrandmothers underwearover to me when I was on the bench during a game the other day. He wanted me to sign them. It was a little awkward, but it was funny and cute — kind of. In a weird way. Thats something youre not expecting. Youre expecting to sign a video game and you have a pair of panties on your lap. It was funny.
Clearing Something UpWhenI told Complex.comthat the L.A., San Antonio, Dallas and Houston would be cities that I would like to play in if I opt out, they all come after D.C. If something did happen weird where Antawn left and we lost our team and it wasnt a good situation for me to come back, those are the four cities that I would want to play in.
I would want to go back home and play in L.A. I would want to go to San Antonio because theyre a championship-caliber team — same thing with Dallas. Houston is on the come-up with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Three out of the four are contenders right now. That was my reasoning. It wasnt like I said I want to play for the Hawks. You know, nothing against the Hawks but Im talking about going to a championship team. I would have thrown Miami in there, but at the end of the day, if Shaq leaves that team breaks up.
You never know, but the four teams I mentioned have a solid base. If anything happens with the Wizards, thats my Plan B.
DeShawns TattooHe has thatbig STEVENSON on his back. Ive seen a lot of players that are getting their names on their backs. I guess its a way of them letting people know what their names are when theyre on the beach — I dont know. DeShawn is adding the No. 2 on his back so it looks like a jersey. I guess when hes swimming or something, having fun in the pool, everybody will know who that is. Its not for me though, Ill stick with the tiger.
A Couple AnnouncementsWith theGazo the Pranksta, the cartoon, for everybody who wants to try out to have their voice on the show my next blog post will have more details on it. Im going to set that up for next week to have it up and running.
Right now, since Marc Ecko hasnt replied about the Barry Bonds ball to me Im going to do something different about it. It looks like Coca-Cola has dropped out as one of the color ways for theGilIIZeros, so Im going to do a 756 shoe, the Barry Bonds shoe. Its going to be the San Francisco colors and its only coming out in the San Francisco Bay area. Its going to be a giveaway, its not going to be sold. Im going to buy probably like 8,000 pairs of shoes and when I come to town, Im giving them away for free. This is still in the making. Please, for all the San Francisco people that want the 756 shoe to happen, write to adidas and let them know how excited you are for it so they can start making it. Free giveaway, baby. Free giveaway. Since Marc Ecko doesnt want to give the ball back to San Francisco, Ill give you 756 in a shoe.
Adventures of Chuck and LarryI have a little problem. His name is Nick Young and he has a sidekick named Dominic McGuire. Our two little rookies. Theres always a rookie who comes in and challenges for the goofball of the year. Well Nicks already won that. By far. This is one of the funniest kids Ive ever met. The problem isnt that hes funny, but that he challenges me in pranks.
For the past week, hes been getting a taste of what Im about. I made him bring me some McDonalds, I wanted a chicken sandwich at like 12 oclock at night when we were in Philly. I actually didnt want the sandwich, I just wanted him out of his room. I went into his hotel room and messed with all his stuff.
Then before that during the Philadelphia game I took the keys from his car and shipped them back to Washington D.C. so my friend could take his car. Were going to paint it pink and its going to say I Love Dominic on it. You know, his little sidekick.
Weve been going back and forth, but for some reason he doesnt get it. He likes to play. On Thursday we had an off day and he went in my locker and took my iPod and a pair of my shoes. So I went over his place and I gave him one chance and one chance only to give me back my iPod and shoes and he didnt act fast enough so I got him good. Him and Dominic. Both. So they start threatening me like, Youll see what happens, youll see what happens. Were going to the store right now.
They went to the store and got paint ball guns. They got the paint ball guns, the masks, the gear, everything.
So I was sitting in my house playing Halo and Im looking at my surveillance camera and I see Dominic and Nick creep up to my property all decked out. They parked across the street and theyre running towards my house wearing masks and helmets. They came around the side of the house, jumped the wall, and came in through the garage. But by the time they did all that, I already was out of the house and jumped the other wall. They were in the house looking for me and I was across the street flattening their tires so when they decided to leave theyd be on flats. They looked around the house and couldnt find me so they came outside and saw me across the street flattening their tires. I called my friend and had him come pick me up and take me back to the house.
When they left the house, they stole my daddys toaster! I like making toast! So I told them, Since you dont want to give my toaster back, its war. He wanted his stuff back, I wanted my stuff back so I told them that we were going to have a paintball shootout.
We all went to the store like Sports Authority and bought all these paintball guns, like eight or nine new ones (because I already had three), then we bought the CO2cartridges and like 12,000 paintballs and I even bought a couple paintball grenades.
It was Nick and Dominic and then Nick recruited last years rookie, Andray Blatche. I thought Andray had enough of the pranks, but I guess he didnt. Andray brought his two friends, to make it five on their team.
My team was me, my friend John and three guys who were at my house hooking up stereo equipment.
So we finished buying everything and were in the store parking lot and Nick was mad that I had all the CO2so he started to take some of mine. I was like, Put the CO2down or Im going to shoot you with the paintball gun. But then he realizes Im really going to shoot him with the paintball gun, and he puts it back. You see what happens when you follow directions But as Im closing the trunk with the CO2in it, he takes some and tries to jump in Dominics car. I said, Dominic, do not close that door. Nick is screaming, Close the door Dominic! Close the door! So Dominic left the door open. I go to Nick, You have three seconds to put the CO2back. One! Two! He started to scramble to put it back and I got him anyway. I got him like six times. So hes laying in the car all mad saying, I dont want to play no more.
I tell them that the shootout is planned for 12 oclock midnight in my backyard because its pure black back there. You cant see nothing. So I tell them, 12 oclock, be in my backyard and were going at it five on five.
Were putting all our stuff together at my place and theyre putting their stuff together at their place but they are having trouble with it so I have my boy John and my other teammate Adam to go over to their place and have them help them fix their guns. And when John and Adam showed up at their place they tried to ambush them, thinking that I was going to come too. But I wasnt. So John and Adam had to run out of there.
So its like 11:10 at night and all you here are paintball hitting the windows. POOM. POOM. POOM. POOM. POOM. They were already in the backyard. They showed up an hour early.
So we hurried up and put on all of our gear and snuck outside through some of the vents in the house.
And then we had a nice, good old paintball shootout in the dark.
They ran out of CO2pretty quick because my team had most of it so one of Andrays friends yells, Aww, its not fair! and they started to bail and jumped back over the wall. But one the kids was a little too heavy. His name is Jamar. Thats Drays cousin. Jamar couldnt get over the wall because Jamar has been eating one too many Twinkies.
So Jamar got stuck in my yard with the five of us. We gave him the chance to walk out like a man, or cry like a girl. He did both. He cried like a little girl while he was walking and running while we were shooting paintballs at him. I told him, Hey, come in the lions den, youre bound to get hit.
They said that he got hit so many times that he had trouble putting his clothes on the next day.
We played for about an hour and a half. I havent had that much fun in a long time. What people dont realize is that when youre in the NBA, you lose stuff like that. Youre not in there with kids, youre in there with grown men that have families. By having these young kids on the team, its fun for me because I get to have that childhood that I lost. I lost it when I came into the NBA when I got picked No. 31 because I was so determined to be the best that I didnt get to actually have fun having fun, if that makes sense.
Posted by Gilbert Arenas onOct. 12 2007, 5:30 p.m. ET PERMALINK
Animated ArenasThis blog here is targeting my comedic and cartoon lovers.
I know how everybody heard I was creating a cartoon, well this is me officially saying that Im creating a cartoon calledGazo the Pranksta.
Gazo stands for Gilbert Arenas (G-A) and Zero (Z-O).
Its about a group of kids who are the out crowd in high school. You know, theres more outs then there are ins. When you deal with high school, there is only 10 percent of the school thats popular. Were talking about the other 90 that nobody pays any attention to. Thats who really runs the school.
The premise is five kids all different nationalities that come together and basically save the school. For the older people who are out of school, everything that went on in high school that you can remember and for all the kids who are in high school living it now, those are the topics that are going to be in the cartoon.
So if youve seenSuperbad, yeah its sort of like that. Its an adult cartoon thats in the same range asFamily GuyandSouth Park. Its with those guys.
Anywhere from 6-14 years old, I dont think you want to watch. A station hasnt picked it up because I have to finish developing everything and start writing. Im trying to get young writers from UCLA and USC that are ambitious, funny, clever and edgy.
Im going to do a casting call for the voices of the five main characters. Five people around wherever youre coming from, wherever you live, I have a chance for you to be part of something that I think will be part of the future. And I call the future, Generation Zero.
I dont really want to put an age limit on the voices, because you never know, you could have a 12-year old that has a deep voice or a squeaky, funny voice that youre looking for. So I dont want to put an age limit on the voice, but I want parents to know that its an adult cartoon so they might be saying words that you do not accept as a parent or dont want your kids saying. I wanted to get that out there. So when I say Im looking for voices and you think your son has a funny voice and you think I might choose him for one of the voices, I want you to know that there might be language you dont want your kid saying. I just dont want to cast somebody and get all the recording done and have parents freak out if there is a curse word in the script.
We were going to launch this earlier, but Ive been watching a lot of cartoons lately and Gazo wasnt where I wanted it to be. I dont want to just put any product out there.
Check out my website, to see what the characters look like. For all the people who are trying to buy website URLs with similar names, dont bother. I already got them all locked down.
This is going to be the first interactive cartoon. If people out there dont know what interactive means, it means when you watch this cartoon you better pay attention because something thats in the cartoon might be a part of real life too. OK, they told me not to say this, but I got to. You know how like when you watch a cartoon and they give out a phone number and its like, 555-5555? In this cartoon there might be a real phone number that works. And somebody might pick up. So, if you see a website on there, that website will be created.
I had an animated introduction featuring the mother of one of the characters that I was going to put up on the site, but I still want to fine tune it. But I dont want people to see that part of the cartoon and think, Thats it? because sometimes peoples first impression about something is their last. I dont want people to look at that snippet and be like, Well, this isnt funny, before we get our new writers on board.
A group called mbox communications, we did some promotions together before and they actually run my website, Gilsarena, they just thought that with the creativity that I come with and the way I love watching cartoons that we should get together and try to launch a cartoon of our own. We worked on it the whole summer and worked with characters and stuff and I just thought it was a great opportunity, so thats where this concept came in at.
The way were going to hopefully do it is launch each episode on the website every week like it is a regular TV show anyway, and we might buy a cable channel and put it on TV too, just so everybody starts to know what time it comes on every week until an actual station picks it up a station like Comedy Central, because it will fit their programming.
So each week, Ill either blog about it or youll just start to know that on a certain day at a certain time there will be a new Gazo the Pranksta episode coming on.
I can tell you the first storyline, its about a girls Sweet 16. A snobby little brat is having her little party and getting everything she wants and Gazo and his friends come and mess it up. I cant tell you anything else, thats why you got to watch.
Its been a hectic summer and I want to get this out before the season starts because once the season starts, thats when the writers will take the cartoon over and I focus on basketball while they focus on writing.
I know this concept can work. I play Halo all day and those kids, those video gamers, are the out crowd. Any video gamer that thinks theyre an in crowd, no, youre an out crowd. So I had the gamers send me everything they think about in high school and everything that happened to them in high school, just everything. I had about seven or eight kids from high schools all over and I got back some funny stuff.
Like I said, this is Generation Zero. I dont want the popular, cocky kids. I dont want them on my cartoon, were going to make fun of them on my cartoon. Down the line I want to have a part on the website where you can throw your ideas about high school out to me and if theyre good enough, theyll be picked up and become a part of an episode.
Check out NBA LIVE 08NBA LIVE 08is out. Go cop that. Me and Chris Paul have an unspoken rivalry right now because my man who I work out with in the summer and I are fighting for sales.
I dont want to tell you what game hes on so I dont want to give him free promotion.
I know Im onNBA LIVEandI had commercialsand he didnt have commercials. You need to go out and buy the game that has commercials with it, because those commercials are cool.
They ranked me a 91 in the game, but I didnt want to go into some board room and demand that they make me a 95 because Im on the cover fine, Im not going to lie, I did do that. But they told me it was too late. Its OK though. If youre playing as me and hit the Hot Spots button, the whole floor turns red. That means wherever you see red, thats where I can shoot. My range is the whole court.
About the Bonds BallI have a real big fan in Oakland who caught the 715 ball to beat Ruth. His name is Tom. Whenever we go West, he goes from city to city and travels to watch me play. Hes been doing this since I came in the league. He goes to Portland, he goes to Seattle, Golden State, Lakers, Clippers he just drives and goes to all of them. Well Toms brother caught the 715 ball. He said he would give me that ball for free so I could tell Marc Ecko that he can switch out No. 715 for No. 756 and he can mark up No. 715 or whatever he wants to do with that ball, as long as he gives me the 756 ball.
Tom just wants all 20 pairs of theGilIIZeros actually. So I have some fans out there joining the cause.
I apologize to Marc Ecko for making the offer the way I did, but thats the only way to get stuff across to people is if you just burst out sometimes. Marc Ecko, I would really love the opportunity to sit down and negotiate with you about this ball and see if I can convince you to give it to me without taking it to the Hall of Fame marked.
Dont Call me a CheaterSomething like 500 websites are calling me a cheater, and they dont know what cheating is.
Lets break down the word cheating in video games. Then Im going to break down glitches and then just great fans.
In Halo 2 what cheating was, it was called modding. That means you do a modification to your XBox, you create your own Halo 2, you get online and then you just destroy everybody so you can get your rank up. But you didnt really get your rank up becauseBungiekicks you off, so you got your friends ranks up. Anybody who got in a party with the modder had their ranks up because the modder is going to win every game.
Or, you can do what everybody else has been doing to cheat: stand-bying. What stand-bying is involves one of these little computer guys is sitting there slowing down everybody elses modems and putting you to blue screen or black screen (when you go to blue screen or black screen you cant see anything thats happening in the game and you think theres a delay in the game) and in the mean time theyre going around killing you.
Or, theyll just lag you out of a game. Somehow they just intercept your connection and lag you out. Thats cheating.
For basketball video games, cheating is when somebody goes to a bookstore and buys a book on cheat codes and they put the little cheat codes in and all of the sudden they can steal every pass and make every shot and do all that stuff.
For football video games, I dont know what cheating is because I dont play them.
There are glitches in Halo. You can super bounce and you can double shot.
In basketball video games, back in 2005 there was some glitch where you could put a full-court press on and you set right in front of the guy who was taking