Even when a guy like Antoine Walker writes a book about making $ 108 million and then going bankrupt, you still wonder how it’s possible, right? Well Gilbert Arenas has shared a story about his rookie year that will paint a perfect picture.
Sleeping in the gym
Each player gets an estimate of where they should expect to be drafted. After checking out which teams should pick at these locations, the very next thing is to check the rookie salary for those locations. Gilbert Arenas was told he would be in the top 10 draft picks, and it was music to his ears. Agent Zero got himself an expensive chain and a bloated Escalade with five televisions and a suede roof.
One of the most talented players of his generation, Arenas was not known for his professionalism. When he got to the rookie combine, Gilbert did his cardio test on the treadmill at Timberlands untied. Teams notice this stuff, and when Joe Johnson was selected with the 10th pick in the 2001 Draft, Gilbert was still waiting to hear his name. He would wait a little longer, until the 31st pick. Yes, Arenas fell in the second round. As a result, his salary of 845,000 rookie was no longer enough to cover everything he had bought.
“When they’ve done my budget, I can only spend $ 500 per month. It’s money for gasoline, girlfriend, two dogs. I couldn’t even make the round trip to the arena. I had to say to the arena sometimes. I slept in the arena.
Gilbert Arnéas, DJ Vlad
It was a sobering moment for Agent Zero. Sleeping in the gym because he couldn’t afford gas, too proud to ask teammates for money, the reality of being a professional played a role for Arenas . You are alone and you have all the time in the world so you don’t get into trouble. As we know, it took a long time for Gilbert to figure out how not to be in trouble.
I should have stayed in college.
Speaking of this episode, Arenas mentioned something else, confirming once again that the NCAA story about student-athletes is real bulls ** t.
“It wasn’t fun. I even said then, ‘I wish I could come back to college. I took a pay cut come here.’“
Gilbert Arnéas, DJ Vlad
Wage reduction? But players don’t get paid in the NCAA, do they? We have already covered Al Harrington by sharing his experience, openly saying that a college offered him “a truck and money” to join their program. They even went so far as to offer to hire his mother and give Harrington $ 450,000 in cash.
So, for a lot of kids, joining the NBA meant a cut in pay and suddenly not being the best guy in the gym. Arenas said the biggest lesson he learned from his rookie year was the realization that he wasn’t as good as he thought he was. As hard as it was to come to terms with this fact, the embarrassment of being broke fueled the fire to watch a movie and justify a bigger contract.
Gil retired with an income of over 160 million euros, so he is ready for life. But his rookie year gives us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of professional athletes. They can spend it as fast as they can.