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When Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young tied Trevor Booker up and beat him


The Washington Wizards from the late '00s were the epitome of locker room shenanigans. With guys like Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young on the roster, who would expect otherwise?

In such an environment, no one was immune to occasionally pulling a prank or two -- Trevor Booker included. He talked about it on OpenCourt-Basketball's Court Cases Podcast, describing all the tricks happening out of the public eye.

We’d do things like have teams within the team where certain players would be on one side, and the other players would be on the other side. We’d be on the road; we would go to the opposing players’ hotel rooms, knock on the door, find a way to get inside the room, tie the player up and beat him, and dump water on him.

Trevor Booker, OpenCourt-Basketball

In terms of his favorite story from his days in Washington, Booker described when Agent Zero and Swaggy P - the team's No.1 pranksters -played a joke on him during the Wizards' road trip in LA.

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We found a way to get in Gilbert’s room, we flipped all of his furniture upside down, we trashed his room, and he was nowhere to be found. So I’m like, ‘where is this dude?’ We’re calling him on the phone and everything, and he’s answering, but it’s like he doesn’t care. I got tired of waiting for him to come back, so I go back to my room, and I get in my room - it’s dark, and I just go to lay on the bed, and I just get bum-rushed. Somehow, he got in my room, he went to the front desk and got a key, got in my room, and they tied me up and beat me. But it was pretty fun.

Trevor Booker, OpenCourt-Basketball

Today, a 33-year-old Booker is retired from the NBA, working toward "becoming a trillionaire." When he thinks back to his early years with the Wizards and all the stuff that happened inside that locker room, it still puts a smile on his face. However, he's mature enough to realize what they were doing as a team, although incredibly fun, wasn't exactly an appropriate way to behave.

It was definitely a fun time, but if you look back at it, it was very unprofessional.

Trevor Booker, OpenCourt-Basketball

On behalf of every NBA fan in the world, I'm thankfull for your "unprofessionalism." Keep sharing your stories Trevor. I'm sure there's a lot more where that came from.

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