Gilbertology by Gilbert Arenas

Pregame Superstitions

  • Gilbert Arenas always eats a meal from Boston Market
  • Drives in the same lane before games
  • Parks his car in the same spot
  • Listens to the same music in the same order (Lil’ John last)
  • Tickles Antawn Jamison’s armpit before the opening tip-off when the team huddles up
  • Gets dressed in the same meticulous order (jersey first)
  • Takes a half-court shot before he is ready to play
  • Sticks with only one basketball during the shoot-around

During Games

  • Changes his sneakers if he did bad during the first half
  • When shooting free throws, Arenas spins the ball around his waist and dribbles the ball three times before shooting to help him be more relaxed at the foul line
  • Took a shower during halftime against San Antonio — in his uniform and sneakers — and then scored 24 points in the second half (Arenas claims he just put his head in water but got his uniform wet)
  • During halftime of Washington Wizards games Gilbert Arenas sits at his locker and plays video poker.
  • Gilbert tosses his No. 0 jersey into the stands after every game, home and away
  • Before launching a shot, he’ll yell out “Hibachi!” which is a reference to a small cooking stove usually heated by charcoal.


  • Gilbert wears a size-13 shoe on his size-14 1/2 feet because he’s afraid of making his feet look too big.
  • He bowls in the 200s, and his high score is 277.
  • When he gets a new cell phone, the first thing he does is turn it off and calls himself from his house phone with messages so no one will call and leave voice messages. Messages like: “It’s me.” “It’s me.” “This is Gilbert.” “It’s me.” “It’s Gilbert.”
  • Trained himself to sleep on the couch, because he doesn’t like women touching him.
  • Once ate 12 cheeseburgers while on a road trip with the Wizards in Canada
  • Shows up at MCI Center for late-night workouts, rather than sleeping in and risking someone else outworking him.
  • Played ridiculous practical jokes as rookie such as hiding his teammates’ keys, stealing their jerseys, putting room service on their tabs or grabbing their two-way pagers and sending embarrassing e-mail messages
  • Used to train his pit bulls on a treadmill
  • Spends most of his free time playing the video game Halo on his Xbox
  • When the team is idle he often works out three times a day: first with the team at practice, then to do drills at 8 p.m. and a third time around midnight, when he hoists 300 jumpers with the rebounding machine
  • Flipped a coin 10 times to decide between the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington. When the Clippers’ side came up eight times, Arenas says he knew what he had to do: go “against the odds” (would later say this was made up for fun and entertainment)
  • Got himself in shape for training camp with a week of boot camp with “a military dude in San Francisco”
  • Had his house converted to the Colorado altitude so he would always be above sea level
  • Sponsors the top professional Halo team in the world, Final Boss
  • During his first year in D.C. he gave two pairs of his shoes and a basketball to a sporting goods store in exchange for a whole box of all-star ballots. Then he filled them all out, voting for himself and his teammates.
  • He bet teammate DeShawn Stevenson he could make more college 3-pointers one-handed than Stevenson could make with two hands from NBA range. Arenas made 73 of 100 attempts. Stevenson made 68 of 96. The bet was $20,000.
  • In preparation for the Takeover Reloaded, Gilbert is planning on making 100,000 shots in 73 days.

85 responses so far ↓

  • Pepper // Dec 10, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Doesn’t he ever get tired doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over……..

  • Graham Davis // Dec 11, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    I love Gil.

  • Pepper // Dec 11, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Pepper to Sportable: I KNOW that he’s crazy, but hey, if the over and over rituals is helping Zero score 30-40 points a game, then let him do his same, crazy over and over and etc… rituals over and over again.

  • adihead // Dec 18, 2006 at 10:36 am

    Hey- anyone have a link to the Arenas blog where he blasts George Bush and the Iraq war? I think it was from this past summer…

  • Peaches // Jan 3, 2007 at 11:21 am

    He have alot of energy and never get tirer and I love too watch him play

  • ballafochrist // Jan 15, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Gil is………………………just cool dude

  • Delmus aka: Junebug // Jan 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Gil man you been playing like your down Barry Farms damn you can’t be stop and you won’t be stop do you thing champ peace and love….

    P.S. I have got to call Miles in regards to the game against Utah..

  • spree // Jan 18, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Arenas, keep proving haters wrong. I’m doing the same thing, I’ll see you in 4 years.

  • T.P. // Jan 19, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Gilbert is da best, and should b M.V.P.

  • Twan // Feb 16, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    THE GREAT HIBACHI he better win MVP this season. hes so clutch its unbelievable. his superstitions are pretty wierd though

  • Taza // Feb 20, 2007 at 4:25 am

    aww he rely z a ledgend!! ez crazzzzzzzzzzzzzy¬

  • chea // Feb 22, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    watta wack job just go out htere and play basketball

    how does he not like girls touching him….. i heard he likes kids movies is he a pedafile???

  • leyla // Feb 23, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Hi Glibert arenas you are the Best player ever and you are so Hot me Good look arenas lol

  • reality // Feb 23, 2007 at 9:39 am

    so… if you like kids movies, that means you are a pedophile?

    Gil is tops and is quirkiness and attitude are refreshing in this ‘gangsta NBA’ we have now. Better to be a little weird than to shoot up strip clubs or punch out fans.

    So, CHEA, stop hating and learn to spell.

  • leyla // Feb 23, 2007 at 9:41 am

    I love Glibert Best ever arenas Go Glibert love Kiss me

  • reality // Feb 23, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Coach K at Duke said Gil would probably score 80 on his kids…. Ha! Straight from the horse’s mouth!
    You better believe it.

  • !!the next big thang!! // Mar 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Gil iz tightt!! Hes da best playa evaa..fuck all em odda bitches hes the king….pedophile??r u crzy?? peace out!

  • Collin // Mar 5, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Gilbert is my favourite player man. He is unique and orginal not cocky like Kobe

  • uy // Mar 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    he’s one of the best player in the game. (after steve nash, he the best)

  • conor // Mar 25, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    i like gilbert arenas his game and his personality

  • Q-Ball // Mar 26, 2007 at 10:33 am

    I am a white guy. Gilbert Arenas is becoming the new people’s championship. Keep it up Agent Zero!!!

  • J-RiMi // Mar 27, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Wow ur white. Nothing 2 do wit the subject. But newayz gilbert is tight as they come soo keep doin it big gil. im doin a class report on ya.

  • von woods // Mar 27, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Man ever since that commercial came out about the possible of (0) i have been inspired by the words and actions of Gilbert Arenas. I am going through what he has already been through as far as the proving to the world that i am just as good as anyone. It is because of Gilbert that i still have hope that my career is just beginning and i have a lot left in me.

  • ks22 // Mar 29, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    von woods, same thing with the commerical..i’ve been inspired by it,it’s weird but it’s true..i’ve worked a lot harder at my game past couple weeks because of that commerical

  • YHearn // Mar 30, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I hope my kids will be inspired to work harder at basketball or whatever they intend to excel in because of the new commercial. I have my daughter read Gil’s comments and we both crack up because he is so down to earth. Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Dan // Apr 5, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Haha…out 2-3 months. Good for others, bad for DC fans.

  • C-Dubbz // Apr 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t even watch basketball anymore. I’m from Wisconsin. But Gilbert, you are an awesome guy. Your game winning shots are sweet and all, but youre probably better at having fun. Hit me up on LIVE some day.

    Hopefully being injured at sitting at home all day doesn’t get too boring. Now you and me have the same life! Except I still have to go to college classes.


  • Your Fan // Apr 27, 2007 at 7:03 am

    I love yo site

  • troy m // Apr 30, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    haha remember the donuts.

  • y.n // Apr 30, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    gilbert is my hero, hes so funny and a sick ball player. Oh yeah im glad that ur on the live 08 cover. It looks great cant wait to buy it.

  • ryan // Apr 30, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Gilbert is crazy, best all around shooter in the league and his new game is gonna sweet aswell.
    Oh yeah kobe sucks.

  • Lil Gilbert // May 2, 2007 at 6:54 am

    gilbert is the best player in the nba

  • Mista P // May 8, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Gilbert is one of the best players in the NBA, seeing that he is the captain on the Wizards

  • Kyle // May 10, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Gilbert is so much better than wack Carmelo

    All I have to say is that he’s a beast!!!!!

  • Nat // May 11, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Gilbert gave me hangtime

  • Nateakabayhawks // May 11, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Gilbert gave me hangtime for a long time

  • Bielko // May 20, 2007 at 10:54 am

    gil. zero is best!

  • Bielko // May 20, 2007 at 10:55 am

    G. A. is my favourite player in NBA

  • kingnoah // Jun 14, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    he is my favourite player and he is the best.

  • John // Jun 15, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Yeah hes been my favorite player and the craziest thing is I ran into him at the mall a couple days ago. He walks around like a normal dude… no security or anything. i shoulda asked him if he wanted to ball that woulda been tight.

  • Lil kiD // Jun 19, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    giLBerT rEalLy iNsPireD Me alOt Cuz I kNOW I GOt tALent BuT otHeRs dONt sEE iT BuT SoOn IlL SHuT UP EvERYBoDy whEn I Go pRo

  • Luigi // Jun 19, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    damn gil

  • Jeanie // Jun 29, 2007 at 6:36 am

    gilbert wouldnt be gilbert if he didnt do those things he makes the NBA fun and exciting. he is differnet but ina good way and other players are just jealous that gil has the charisma and they dont

  • taylor // Aug 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    gilbert is a joke, he says kobe takes too many shots when kobe goes 18/25 for 50+ points… hmmm gilbert needs to step his game up before he tries to put down the best player in the league. Gilbert’s number zero stands for zero talent. and hibachi??? i mean c’mon

  • jrme // Aug 4, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    hey taylor, don’t be a hater. gil didn’t disrespect the guy, he was just saying what was on his mind. kobe does need to let the others play as well bcoz tryng to score 50 points a game will wear him out faster than i can shred my tires….
    hey GA, i’m rootin’ gor ya, get stronger boy…
    i want to see you on the tube when the season starts….

  • [F]redwrc[k] // Aug 13, 2007 at 2:15 am

    hey agent zero i heard dat u play halo on xbox dats cool clocked dat game 56 times in a week ur probably not intrested but i really watchin u play on da courts i saw u play on da streets wit sum and 1 ballers i dink well ur da man nd i mean it……ill see u when ill play in da nba……ill be drafted on 2013 hope u dont retire till den coz i cant wait to play wit sum1 i admire

    peace owt #0

    nd dis probably aint ur website but i dnt care

  • raul // Sep 1, 2007 at 7:40 am

    gilbert is the man, lol hibatchi. i agree with the other guys, after seeing that adidas commercial. i feel insired and determined to prove everybody wrong, and i have
    thanks gil

  • Mary Foti // Sep 29, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Good for you, trying to buy Barry’s ball. I hope you get it. You are a wonderful young man. I have a daughter, are you single.

  • 李光辉 // Oct 2, 2007 at 3:29 am

    I’m a fan of you .your life is same to make me strong.may be the life is injustice ,but you never give up.”my pain ,my game .”nobody can belittle me,because we are not zero.

    you are my guidance.a chinese boy

  • Gabby // Oct 3, 2007 at 6:43 am

    I absolutely adore him
    hes the best and I’m from washington d.c.
    so that makes me a wizards fan
    hes better than that wiggity wiggity wack Kobe Bryant!!!!
    love you Agent Zero

  • Rawklobster // Oct 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    “time out” see you in 7 days.

  • alex // Oct 12, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    did u ever get away with those practical jokes?
    oo email me plz…

    hehe and do u watch family guy (if it still plays in the usa cause im from NZ)

  • Agent Zero Jr. // Nov 1, 2007 at 11:54 am

    He’s greatest hands down
    who can guard him?tell me that

  • MARQUES GOODWINE // Nov 2, 2007 at 9:56 am


  • Bonfoh // Nov 2, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I love you Gil. In my house you are an Idol. My wife call you hunny and does not watch the Wizards game if you are not in. Gil is so smart at everything he does. We all love him.

  • sarah // Nov 3, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I really enjoy your blog and die laughing at the pranks! Hope you come back from the last game and blow them away tonight- just need to focus, can’t wait to watch it. I hope to come up there soon to watch one live, enjoyed quite a few games there last season, but for now will have to deal with the TV. Always a pleasure to watch and keep up the awesome playing!

  • Jay Naik // Nov 3, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Hibachiii!!! Own everyone this season

  • Avery Harmon // Nov 5, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    The 2nd best player in the NBA!

  • hall // Nov 12, 2007 at 4:33 am

    Gilbert Arenas is all talk. Has a really big mouth with nothing to show for. That’s why he and his team lost to the Celtics when he opened his mouth. If I were you Gilbert, I will just play and do your thing before you get shut down again (hopefully by the Celtics again).

    Next time you try to predict something, make sure it happens because you just make yourself a fool (which you are anyway).

  • Nirav Shukla // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:45 am

    I love Gilbert Arenas

  • Arav Naik // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I love Gilbert Arenas more!

  • Jeanie // Nov 20, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    well they lost 5 games, but they have come back on a rampage with 2 games without gil to become .500 5-5! de r on a roll!

  • Sean Brandon // Nov 30, 2007 at 6:04 am

    Gile has always been the truth even in middle school.

  • Van // Dec 1, 2007 at 8:08 am

    You are the best, everyone else sucks.

  • Van // Dec 1, 2007 at 8:08 am

    oh yeah, and stve nash can go suck on a pair of big juicy balls

  • Van // Dec 1, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Go wiz

  • Eric // Dec 19, 2007 at 1:32 pm


    I think you’re a very talented indiviual and I hope you will never ever leave DC.

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  • mikespain // Feb 12, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Gilbert Arenas stupid. CALDERON ALL-STAR NOW. Wizards good when Arenas D.N.P. Calderon world championship with Spain, Arenas fuck with USA. CALDERON ALL STAR. VIVA ESPAÑA, Y VIVA GALICIA.

  • Adrian // Feb 25, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Don’t you think that you did a little bad head with your words about Calderon? You are an arrogant. You did ridicule in the shootout contest last year, and nobody ever said anything, I don’t think you are in the best position to judge the tastes of the people on that player must go to the All-star… And I think Calderon is one of the future NBA playmakers(making best a team)… Maybe best than you, chulo de mierda!

  • Brii-Z // Apr 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Gilbert is the best also my jr.
    I love you.GiLbert aka my future husband.
    We I met you said I look like you good daughter.

  • Jones // Aug 1, 2008 at 8:40 am


  • Dom D // Aug 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    You know how I know your gay Gilbert? Good luck getting over on the Cavs this year, maybe four will be the lucky number

  • Agent Dodo // Oct 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

    The best and am proud 2 copy his moves

  • brii-z // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Gilbert is the finest and best basketball player..
    i met yu in person and you are even finer..dag remember it was in front of the chipotle in 2007…

  • brii-z // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    this is brii back agian yu said i look like yur god daughter…i miss yu gil

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  • Bradon // Jan 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Kind of hard to be an all star or MVP when you only play 15 games in 2 seasons

  • MackeyMac // Jan 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Agent zerO!! i;m so excited to see you in your jersey this coming February..hope you can make it in the All Star at Pheonix…Get well soon…i know that your in good shape now..goodluck..big bounce…

  • tony // Feb 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    he doesn’t like women touching him that is not normal

  • PoLaMaLu // Mar 1, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hey Gilbert, do u know any of the Celtics players like Paul Pierce? If u do pleaseee ask him if I can have his email. Pleasse.

  • PoLaMaLu // Mar 1, 2009 at 9:39 am

    YO DAWG! You were on the cover of Live 8. That was pretty awesome. I heard you carry two copies, and you were pretty excited huh?

  • collin c. // Apr 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    hah… nd people that is why gilbert arenas is the best n the nba

  • collin c. // Apr 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    ok really mikespain if gilbert arenas sucks so bad why r u on this website about o i dont gilbert arenas wata dub

  • MaHaji // Dec 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    2012… The great Hibachi makes a comeback

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