Arenas named NBA Live 08 cover athlete

After emerging last season as one of the NBA's most dangerous offensive threats -- rising to No. 3 in the league in scoring -- and leading the Wizards to a playoff berth, Gilbert Arenas can add another entry to his illustrious resume: NBA Live 08 cover athlete.

Electronic Arts announced that the Wizards' all-star guard known to many as Agent Zero will not only grace the cover of the popular EA SPORTS title, but will also serve as spokesman for the game.

"This is a dream come true," said Arenas. "I'm a huge gamer and have been playing NBA Live since 1995. I never imagined that I would see my face on the cover of an EA SPORTS video game."

Arenas finished the 2006-07 regular season averaging 28.4 points and 6.0 assists per game. Arenas was the first player from the 2001 draft class to be named to the All-Star team in 2005 and now has three consecutive all-star appearances to his credit. In the ultimate salute to his climb from relative unknown to NBA All-Star, fans voted Arenas a starter on the Eastern Team at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

Fueled by a combination of talent and a larger-than-life personality, Arenas has risen from below the radar into the NBA spotlight. His breakout 2007 season included authoring a blog on NBA.com that established a direct relationship with his fans, and a well-known catch phrase (Hibachi!). Dubbed Agent Zero in reference to his jersey number, Arenas chose zero as a reminder of his underdog mentality that drives him to succeed. Off the court, Arenas is devoted to many charitable organizations including the NBA Cares program, and created the Zer0 2 Hero Foundation to promote the well-being of children.