Gilbert Arenas is most definitely one of the most unique, confident, and funny characters the NBA has ever seen, as seen in his on and off-court actions. But this story from 1999 at Michael Jordan's camp may be the best one yet.
Freezing MJ out
Gilbert Arenas recently appeared on the I AM ATHLETE podcast and talked about various interesting topics from his basketball career and life. Like always, Arenas was full of hilarious and interesting stories, but the one revolving around Michael Jordan caught everyone's attention.
Even as a teenager, Gilbert was never shy on confidence on the court, even if the GOAT was next to him:
"I played at MJ's camp for two years, so I know MJ's mindset. I was the first person to waive MJ off at the camp... Because he called me Randy Brown. Listen I had 40 the first night feeling myself, right? Nobody knows who I am... (I'm) feeling myself. He's like you remind me of a player on my team, I'm like you, Pip? Randy Brown! Randy Brown number one, the hustler… I can't wait until the game tonight. He ain't never getting this ball back and that's what I did.... He wants the ball from me, he better get it off the glass."
Gilbert Arenas, I AM ATHLETE
Knowing MJ, you have to assume he was trolling Arenas, comparing him to Randy Brown, a bench guy that averaged 4.8 ppg for his career. But Arenas was feeling hot and confident as he decided to do his own thing and waive off Michael Jordan --something MJ's teammates weren't brave enough to do.
Now, if Arenas is being legit or trying to make himself look cool is up for debate, but knowing how Arenas acted during and after his career, it's not hard to believe that he would be so confident to freeze out Jordan at his own camp.
Jordan probably saw the potential in a young Arenas, and he tried to fire him up even more to give everything he's got. And it worked, as Arenas would quietly come into the NBA and, with time, become one of the best scorers the league has ever seen.
The prime years in Washington are as good as anyone's apex, but the injuries unfortunately really slowed down and cut short "Agent Zero's" career.