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Gilbert Arenas posted his first Instagram selfie and Nick Young clowned him hardcore for it

Gilbert Arenas selfie

Gilbert Arenas, once one of the first athletes to embrace new media such as blogging and Twitter, arrived a little late to the Instagram game. Despite his late arrival, Gil’s quickly amassed nearly half a million followers. He often uses his Instagram account to post videos of him working out and training, and to post daily memes. He also frequently runs jersey and sneaker giveaway contests through his account.

On Wednesday, Arenas decided to try something new: he shared his first selfie. The reception was, shall we say, icy.

Fellow basketball player and San Fernando Valley boy Nick Young, who regularly interacts with Gil on Instagram, totally mocked Arenas for it. This is just hilarious:

Nick Young Instagram

I can’t even … I’m just dying.

I’ve never seen “Ice Age” before, but after running a quick Google search, might this be who Young thought Arenas looked like?

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Gilbert Arenas got custom shoes for his Grant High alumni game

Gilbert Arenas Grant shoes

Gilbert Arenas has shoes for all occasions. He even got some shoes custom made for Wednesday’s alumni game at his alma mater, Grant High School in Valley Glen, Ca.

Arenas shared a photo of the shoes on his Instagram account, and he says he had them made by Kicks or Die. The shoes are Nike Foamposites customized in Grant’s orange colors. He has a lancer — the school’s mascot — on the side — and it says “lancers” and “Gil-matic” on them as well.

Gil later shared a few videos of his play at the alumni game:

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Gilbert Arenas posts funny video after seeing Nick Young on the freeway

Nick-Young-highwayGilbert Arenas was driving along the freeway earlier this week when he spotted a familiar face. It was Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young. As far as what happened next is concerned, we don’t recommend ever trying this at home.

Arenas whipped out his cell phone camera and decided to film a pretty entertaining clip. He and Young were aiming their cameras at one another while Agent Zero went nuts screaming out his window. The ending was the best part.

“I thought it was Kobe,” a disappointed Arenas said into his camera.

Again, we never recommend spazzing out on the freeway and recording another driver while you should be watching the road. You’ll just have to forgive us for laughing.

Gilbert Arenas plans to play in China next season, not NBA

Gilbert ArenasGilbert Arenas has been training and staying in shape all summer, but he says it’s with the intention of playing in China again next season, not returning to the NBA.

Arenas has worked out in the Los Angeles Clippers facility and reportedly will work out at the Lakers’ facility. There was a report saying the Clippers were going to invite him to their training camp, but he brushed that aside during an interview over the weekend.

Arenas threw a birthday party for Laura Govan over the weekend and they actually had a red carpet at the home. Arenas was asked by HipHollywood.com about the possibility of playing for the Clippers, which is when he shared his plans about returning to China.

“No, no no,” Arenas said when asked about going to training camp with the Clippers. “I went to go work out at the Clipper facility about two months ago. I guess I did well enough for them to invite me. But I want to go to China so I can come home faster.

“With China, I get to go and still play and then I can get back home and spend more time with the kids. I get to be home in February and enjoy the family. I don’t need the NBA money because I have enough of it. Now it’s about spending time with the family and the kids.”

Arenas is only 31 and still could probably be an end of the bench backup guard in the league. But if he’s decided that his priority is playing a shorter season and being around his family to spend all that money on white chocolate waterfalls and Dave & Buster’s games, how can we blame him? Sure, we’d love to see him back in the league doing Hibachi things, but we can’t force him back. He gets to be a star in China rather than a bench player here. That probably makes a big difference.

Gilbert Arenas has statistical proof he was better than Michael Jordan

Gilbert ArenasGilbert Arenas was interviewed by TMZ two weeks ago and said he thought he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one when asked. The subject came up because MJ dunked at his basketball camp this month despite being 50 years old. Arenas took that as a sign that MJ can still play, so he said he would probably beat the former Chicago Bulls legend 5-2 in a game of one-on-one. However, Arenas did note that MJ probably would have beaten him 20-0 if they played in their primes.

Anyway, you know how playful Gil is, so he wasn’t about to back off his claim that he could beat Jordan one-on-one. In fact, he provided statistical proof that he once was better than Jordan:

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Gilbert Arenas has advice on how to beat traffic tickets

Gilbert Arenas car

Gilbert Arenas recently joined Instagram, and the man has wasted little time dispensing advice to his followers. First he started with tips on beating traffic tickets.

According to Arenas, the best way to get around tickets is to keep the blank dealer plates on your car so you can’t be located if an automated camera catches you running a light.

“The best Anti red light ticket protection(dealer plates)4 months driving 60 red lights and toll valuations and 0 tics,” he wrote on Instagram.

Running 60 red lights in four months? Remind me to get out of the way when Gil is coming through. But Gil’s advice isn’t limited to beating traffic tickets. He also has ways to use electronics for entertainment purposes:

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Gilbert Arenas arrested for speeding with truckload of fireworks

Gilbert Arenas naughty officer

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas was arrested early Thursday morning in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for misdemeanor possession of fireworks. He was pulled over because he was speeding, and he did not have a valid California driver’s license.

West Valley CHP public information officer Leland Tang tells Larry Brown Sports that the former Washington Wizards star was traveling west on the 101 freeway at about 2:30 a.m. Tang says Arenas was driving about 80 mph on the freeway, where the speed limit is 65. He was pulled over for speeding just past Coldwater Canyon and exited at Woodman Ave.

Officers observed the entire bed of Arenas’ truck filled to the edge with “big, huge boxes of fireworks.” The officers approached Arenas and saw that the cab of his four-door Ford F150 truck was also filled with fireworks. Officers questioned Arenas, but he would not say where he got the fireworks. LAPD bombsquad was called to handle the fireworks and take possession of the explosives.

Arenas was transported to Van Nuys jail where he was booked, fingerprinted and released. He faces misdemeanor possession of fireworks within the LA city limits.

Though Arenas lives in Hidden Hills, he does not possess a valid California driver’s license.

Arenas lived in the DC-area while playing for the Washington Wizards from 2003-2010. The Los Angeles native spent last season in China with the Shanghai Sharks.

A three-time NBA All-Star from 2005-2007 and fan favorite, Arenas’ career went awry following multiple knee surgeries and a locker room gun incident involving a teammate.

I’m guessing Arenas bought the fireworks from Chinatown in Downtown LA and was heading back home to the west valley when he was picked up for speeding. And how dumb can you get? If you don’t have a license and are driving with illegal fireworks, why in the world would you also be speeding?

News of Arenas’ arrest was first reported by TMZ.

[Note: Arenas' outfit pictured at the top was from a previous Halloween costume, not what he was wearing during the arrest]