How Agent Zero Saved D.C.

The intense motivations of a bizarre NBA superstar

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Gilbert Arenas, star player for the Washington Wizards, poses on the team practice court, Washington, D.C., January 23, 2007. Arenas is a contender for the NBA's Most Valuable Player title for the season.

Gilbert Arenas, wonder guardĀ of the Washington Wizards, goes by a superhero nickname, Agent Zero, as in the number on his uniform. Here's a more appropriate appellation: Agent Weirdo. Why? This is a guy who at halftime of one game took a shower--fully uniformed--to cool down. He tickles the underarm of a teammate before tip-off for good luck. His addictions are many and, Arenas admits, "pointless," including bad DVDs, vintage jerseys and his latest, crappy basketballs. Arenas is collecting the synthetic balls the NBA unveiled and dumped this season after players complained about cutting their fingers on them. "I hope he never...

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