Chat with Washington Wizards G Gilbert Arenas
Arenas is the latest NBA player to be on the cover of the EA SPORTS video game. NBA Live 08 hits the stores October 2.
In six years in the NBA, Arenas has quickly established himself as one of the league's top guards. Last season, he finished third in the league in scoring, averaging 28.4 points per game. It marked the third straight year he averaged more than 25 points per game. His career scoring average is 22.9 points per game.
After earning spots on the All-NBA Third Team in 2004-05 and 2005-06, Arenas made the Second Team last season.
Submit your questions now and then join Arenas for all the answers on Thursday at noon ET!
Buzzmaster (11:59 AM)
Gilbert will be here any minute now! Keep sending in your questions!
Gilbert Arenas (12:01 PM)
Thank you for having me and I hope I am interesting!
Tim (New York)
How long have you been playing NBA Live 08? You any good?
Gilbert Arenas (12:02 PM)
I have been playing since '95, so I know how to play. I have had 2008 for about 2 weeks now, so I am like 26-0 right now. If that is pretty good, then yeah!
What's the best part of NBA Live 08?
Gilbert Arenas (12:03 PM)
The fact that I am on the cover. There has never been a player like me on the cover. If you played 06 and 07 you will see it is faster and not as choppy. This version really caught my eye as far as detail.
Matt (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
You realize if you wanted to, you could have a more popular blog than Perez Hilton and thus, wouldn't have to play ball anymore?
Gilbert Arenas (12:04 PM)
I just do it for fun. I never really got too into it. But I like to speak my mind and entertain. But if you want me to quit my day job and go to my night job, I can do that for you.
LeBron James from Akron, Ohio
Do you really think you can outsell my shoes?
Gilbert Arenas (12:06 PM)
I am going to try. I am going to really try. So we will see. That is the kind of back and forth I want to start. We need this excitement with shoes. So if this is really LeBron, baby I will see you in the shoe stores, and I'm going to call ya!
Finn (Seattle, WA)
Who's the man?
Gilbert Arenas (12:06 PM)
I'm da man!
Hey Hibachi, first of all I want to congradulate you for the cover of the NBA live 08. What are your personal goals in 07-08 season?
Gilbert Arenas (12:08 PM)
My goals for 07-08 is: I want to enjoy basketball. I want to enjoy the sport. People always put stressful goals out and they never really enjoy the game. When I got hurt it made me reflect on things in my life, and I want to just enjoy the game of basketball to the fullest until my days are over.
Lights out Pekush (Toronto)
What is your signature move that they put in the game?
Gilbert Arenas (12:09 PM)
They put a signature move called the "step back." But it should have been hitting game winning buckets at the end of games. Just automatic.
Ted, Washington DC
You got robbed on the All-NBA selections last year. Would you like to see the front office go out and get you a premiere big man to put the Wiz over the hump in the East?
Gilbert Arenas (12:11 PM)
On the selection I thought I got robbed the year before that. But last year I thought the two guards did what they had to do to stay in front. As far as big men they are just not out there, and if you want to bring in a big time big man, then you will have to give up a couple of our stars. Right now we play in a league with shooting a 5 type game, and then you have those big old dinosaurs.
When can we expect a Gilbert-owned hibachi restaurant near Gallery Place/Chinatown?
Gilbert Arenas (12:12 PM)
I was actually going to open one up, but I was afraid no one would show up. But if you promise people will show up I might think about it.
Candice: (New Haven, Connecticut)
Gilbert, I'm really excited for the upcoming season. how does your knee feel? and when can we expect some more Agent Zero commercials? Love those!
Gilbert Arenas (12:14 PM)
My knee is 100%; I am healthy and ready to go. I've got some different moves this year and I am ready to put them on display. And I just shot a new ESPN commercial, and two more should be out this season. And I have two Adidas spots, one of them will be on the internet.
Top 5 players in the NBA?
Gilbert Arenas (12:17 PM)
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, I put myself in there, only because I am the only player who can average 28 or more and have two other players average 20 (no one has ever done that), and fifth has to be KG.
Justin, Toronto, ON
How many jerseys are you going to be tossing into the crowd this year?
Gilbert Arenas (12:18 PM)
You know, it started off with 82, but then I started giving them off for birthday games, Christmas games, and big games. So I am just going to order 200 or more and start handing them out.
Justin, Thornhill, ON
Hows the dynasty mode in NBA Live '08? and whens it going to be released?
Gilbert Arenas (12:19 PM)
It is called Push Dynasty, you can skip hiring an assistant, and it makes more accesible to a wider variety of gamers. It gives you more creativity, instead of letting the computer do it.
What game(s) do you have circled on the schedule so far?
Gilbert Arenas (12:21 PM)
Just for my ego, Portland; I got them in double red. But also Boston. But now, I am at the point where I circle games that are not exciting, like Atlanta and the Bobcats, to make myself excited when those games come around.
Gilbert Arenas (12:23 PM)
Thank you for chatting with the Agent Zero. October 2nd is game time, NBA Live 08 comes out and I need you to stand in line for 26 hours and buy it. We need to beat Halo. And the new Gil two zeros are coming out, so get 'em. Support the agent zero movement.