Black Rushmore: Why I am down with Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas

September 18, 2009

Agent Zero has made news before for the crazy antics he has pulled.  The USA Today  blogs about some of his idiosyncratic behaviors.

Washington Wizards superstar Gilbert Arenas wants you to hear him but prefers if you didn’t actually listen.

Arenas, one of the most talented players in the NBA, has become so famous for saying outrageous things that many now chalk it up to Gilbert being Gilbert.

1ablog-gilbertarenas So it shouldn’t surprise the Wizard front office that their star guard with the $111 million contract is blaming them for paying attention to him.

Arenas has been hobbled for the past few seasons with a knee problem. To his credit he has played in pain. But some of the blame belongs to Arenas who went against the wishes of the Wizards with some of his rehab techniques. (Photo by Evan Vucci, AP)

Last year he browbeat the organization into letting him return and now blames the Wizards for accommodating him.

He tells Mike Jones of The Washington Times:

“If you have a kid that loves basketball, that eats, sleeps, drinks and thinks basketball and all he knows is basketball and he gets hurt and he’s your franchise player, you need to hold him back from himself. If I’m saying I feel good and you know it’s supposed to take six months, instead of letting me at four months run … they should have held me back. Rather than saying, ‘Let’s let this guy do what he wants and use him to sell tickets’ – sometimes you have to protect players from themselves. I don’t feel like I got that type of protection. But, I don’t judge them for that. Some things just happen. I told them I felt OK because I wanted to play, and they did what they did.”

The all-star has spent the offseason working with trainer Tim Grover in Chicago and says he’s finally back.

“Nobody could guard me before, and can’t nobody guard me now. If I hadn’t come up here, I’d be starting off the season with a 95 percent chance that I’d be sitting out more games. … (Grover) saved my career.”

I don’t blame either side.  Gilbert and his ego wanted to get back on the court, where he is Agent Zero, the man who knows no fear.  He is the guy that everyone can count on.  I can’t blame the team either because they are listening to their best player and his wishes.

But, he is making the news today for his tattoos, that are premised on this idea…

Black Rushmore in effect....four people that everyone should know...

Black Rushmore in effect....four people that everyone should know...

Slick...not usually a big tattoo guy, but that one has some meaning to it

Slick...not usually a big tattoo guy, but that one has some meaning to it

The Wizards star guard has the faces of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Malcolm X tattooed across his leg which forms what he has dubbed “Black Rushmore.”

The Washington Post points out the tats…

Now if he can channel the power of the big four into his hoopgame, we are in for a treat…

One Response to “Black Rushmore: Why I am down with Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    So owners should treat “Professional” Athletes like children that can’t help themselves. Thanks Gilbert, nice tattoos but you just set your people back. Way back. Maybe you should read some Malcolm X, Obama, or MLK instead of just getting inked-up. Early Malcolm would tell you not to trust whites much less ask them to hold you back but later Malcolm would tell you if you are virtuous you can trust yourself to seek advice from good people. Obama would tell you to be self reliant but to take sound advice form “our fathers”. And MLK would tell you of course you are there to sell tickets but you can only do that if you play you big dummy.
    But I’m not gonna hate b/c we will find out this season if you are full of SH*T.

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