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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]

Gilbert Arenas enjoying China, not looking to return to NBA

Gilbert Arenas has gone the way of many former NBA stars and turned to China to revive his basketball career. Things must be going pretty well for him, because he made the cover of SLAM China.

Arenas’ interview with SLAM didn’t reveal a whole lot, except that he has gone back to wearing number zero, and he seems to be doing well. Gil even told SLAM that he’s not looking to get back to the NBA.

From SLAM’s interview:

SLAM: So do you have long-term plans in China? What do you see for yourself in the future here?

GA: 32 games a year. Maximum 36 minutes. That’s all I need at this point in my career. So as long as China teams want me, I’ll be here.

SLAM: Do you have any plans or hopes to tryout with the NBA again?

GA: Nah! [Shakes head vehemently] Because after this season I can enjoy my family. You know my kids are getting older. Being in the NBA, you don’t really get to enjoy your family life because you’re always on the road, you’re always gone. So, no. After this season will be the first time I’ll get to be with my kids for a long period of time.

Arenas’ team went 10-22 and finished 14th out of 17 teams. He missed about half the season after sustaining a groin injury in his first game, and re-aggravating it after returning. In his 14 games for the team, which is owned by Yao Ming, he averaged a respectable 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent (stats via Asia-Basket).

Arenas is 31 and saw limited action in 17 games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season. He could still play in the NBA, but he’s not close to being the All-Star he once was. He’s probably just as well off playing in China and enjoying being a mini-celebrity. He was a lot of fun during his run of brilliance in the NBA.

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My auto mechanic is now breaking NBA news about Gilbert Arenas

An NBA report circulated on Tuesday that said Gilbert Arenas was likely to join either the Lakers or Clippers if he ends up signing with an NBA team this season. The report wasn’t as notable to me because of its content, but because of the origin of report; it came from my auto mechanic.

This is a story about the way information spreads in 2012.

Gilbert Arenas, who grew up in Los Angeles and played high school basketball in North Hollywood, Calif., stopped by a 76 gas station in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday a few blocks away from where I grew up. Gil took a photo with one of the mechanics — a gentleman who has worked on my car in the past — and answered a question about his future. Arenas apparently said he was likely to sign with the Lakers or Clippers for the upcoming season.

You know how the rest of the story goes.

My mechanic tells someone who tells someone else who publishes the story on his basketball blog Hoops-Nation. From there, it ends up on a Lakers blog, and then our friends at Black Sports Online picked up on it, which is where I saw the story.

I’m not really too concerned about the accuracy of the story, but rather the amusing way it became a story. But since it’s out there, we can discuss the possibility of Arenas joining either LA team.

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Gilbert Arenas once put dog poop in Andray Blatche’s sneaker

Now that Gilbert Arenas is a third-string guard who plays for the Grizzlies, he’s probably not having as much fun as he used to. He was already heading downhill in Washington before the gun incident, but that became the final straw for his career with the Wizards. However, when Arenas was one of the highest-paid players in the NBA, he was known as a prankster. That could be why Andray Blatche once falsely accused him of cutting up his suit.

In an interview with the USA Today, Arenas told a story about Blatche once throwing all of his clothes in the jacuzzi because he thought Gilbert cut up his suit. Arenas insists he was not the culprit, but he was forced to get back at Blatche for throwing his clothes in the hot tub. He decided to take aim at Blatche’s sneakers

“It was just dog doo-doo in it,” Arenas recalled. “It was really dog doo-doo. … I took his sole out, threw it under there, put the sole back on and threw the baby powder on there so he couldn’t smell it.”

Advantage: Arenas. Based on the way he went about the prank, this sounds like a man who has pulled the dog s*** in the sneaker prank before. Under the sole and baby powder to mask the smell? That kind of expertise doesn’t just come to you one morning when you wake up. Either Gilbert did a lot of Google research ahead of time, or Andre wasn’t the first person to feel the squish at the hands of Agent Zero.

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Gilbert Arenas on Javaris Crittenton: ‘Everyone finds out who was the real problem’

Javaris Crittenton is currently out on bail and awaiting trial after being slapped with murder charges last summer in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Atlanta mother. But Crittenton is perhaps better known for a previous gun-related incident — when he and Gilbert Arenas infamously pulled guns on each other in the Wizards locker room in December 2009.

Arenas, who signed with the Grizzlies last month, says he’s finally at peace with his life after going through what he called “dark years” following his incident with Crittenton. But in retrospect, he feels that he unfairly bore the brunt of the backlash from the locker room ordeal and that Crittenton didn’t receive as much scrutiny as he should have. Arenas hopes Crittenton’s latest troubles vindicate his belief.

“Hey, when it was supposed to have been both of us going through the same thing, I didn’t hear his name,’’ Arenas told Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson. “It was Gilbert and a teammate. Now, everyone finds out who was the real problem. Hopefully, he gets through it, and God bless him. But that’s none of my concern.

“Like people say, the light eventually turns on the good one. At first, I was supposed to have been the bad seed, but I’m back doing something I love and that’s all I can think about. I can’t think about what he’s going through. He has his own problems and, hopefully, I just wish him the best.’’

I think Crittenton has more pressing matters than worrying about what Arenas has to say about their Wild West re-enactment from over two years ago. It’s probably time for Gil to move on, too.

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