Gilbert Arenas is expected to play in China this season after failing to attract the interest of NBA teams.[caption id="attachment_11501" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo Credit: Miguel Villagran/ AP[/caption] The Chinese Basketball Association seems like it’s cashing in recently. First Stephon Marbury, then Tracy McGrady—and now Gilbert Arenas. Agent Zero, Hibachi, The East Coast Assassin—call him what you will, Gilbert Arenas was one of the most unique individuals to ever step foot on a basketball court. Sadly it appears his talents have, too, been lost to the NBA. Arenas is set to become the second former NBA All-Star to sign with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in a matter of weeks, after failing in an attempt to sign with any NBA team. Arenas is expected to sign with the Guangdong Southern Tigers for a 1-year contract, departing the NBA at the tender age of 30. This really is a premature end for a guy who can only be described as bizarre. There is no doubt he could seriously ball, but what was most fascinating about Agent Zero was his psyche. Ever read his blog? Check out some highlights here It was incredibly entertaining and also explains a lot about just how out of this world Gilbert is. This is not to say it’s a bad thing; it’s just a fact. To say Arenas was a little self-absorbed would be an understatement; we all remember when he got a hold of an entire bunch of All-Star ballots in order to vote for himself on every single one. Agent Zero did not even follow the typical social norms. He claimed to eat burgers every day, taught himself to sleep on his own couch rather than his bed, purposely filled up his voice mail on his mobile so no one could leave him messages and when playing on the road, he estimated he left his hotel room only six times in his first six seasons. He had no interest in going to clubs or exploring the new surroundings; he was just happy in his hotel room doing sit-ups and playing X-box. While all these things contributed to his quirkiness, they also undoubtedly contributed to his success. Agent Zero trained like no other. At all hours of the night he was up training like crazy, often shooting a thousand shots a night, running the stairs of the stadium for hours on end, alone. He had a burning desire to succeed and prove everyone wrong. When he withdrew from the USA World Championship squad in 2006 due to differences with assistant coaches Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan, he came out and said he wanted to average 50 points against their respective teams. Arenas then went and dropped 54 points on the Phoenix Suns. It was this drive and this competitiveness that made him the player he was. He was never afraid to take a shot, and as his poor shooting percentage would suggest, this may not have always been a good thing. But he always wanted to take the tough shot, and this resulted in a number of game-winning buzzer beaters, including game winners in the playoffs. He never lacked self-confidence. Unfortunately for Agent Zero’s massive fan base, Arenas’ career hit the skids in 2007 when he suffered a serious knee injury, which kept him off the court for almost two seasons. Then came the weapons charges for possessing guns in the locker room. It is alleged Arenas and then team-mate Jarvis Crittenton pulled guns on each other over an unpaid gambling debt. The NBA suspended Arenas indefinitely. As quickly as Arenas career took off, it was now collapsing at an even quicker rate. Arenas did make it back onto the court with the Wizards, Magic and Grizzlies, but he could never regain that inner drive that made him a great player in the first place. I guess this is the issue—relying so much on mental drive and desire rather than talent. As soon as it faltered and his head was not in the right space, he was left with nothing. For Arenas, that falter was the knee injury. Upon his return he looked disinterested and made some terrible choices. The tragedy is that we will never know what Gilbert could have achieved on the court if he had stayed healthy. He may have stayed out of trouble and kept his focus and he may have been the one hitting clutch 3-pointers in the NBA finals. Nevertheless, in his locker Arenas kept a list of all the players drafted before him in 2001, and anytime someone finished in the league, he would cross them out—a sweet stroke, knowing he had proven yet another NBA team wrong. Now, sadly, he’ll have to cross out his own name, too.