Hate is a strong word, which is used sparingly in polite society.
Yet, when it comes to superstar athletes, hate is sometimes too diplomatic a term to identify some erstwhile sports stars.
Of the Big 4, the NBA has had its fair share of execrable players over the years. And the reasons for being abhorred include, but aren’t limited to: lethargic play; arrests off court; dirty play on court; trash-talking; diva behaviour; disrespecting the fans and overall boorishness. And we’ve just skimmed the surface of hoops loutishness.
For reasons of sheer lunacy and general dislike, we offer up current Atlanta Hawk Kris Humphries. He doesn’t make our list for being hated because he’s particulary good, bad or a perennial winner, it’s because of that whole fake Kim Kardashian marriage thing. Tying yourself to someone famous for being untalented and vapid gets one an all-time “detested” tag.
We’ve combed the depths of ballers’ bad behavior and offer up at least one hated player from each of the 30 NBA teams.
30. Atlanta Hawks – Josh Smith
For all his inherent talent, Smith was hated in Atlanta for being a me-first player. That is, he had a propensity for tossing up dubious three-point attempts. The proof is in that pudding, given his abysmal career three-point average of 28.5 percent (450 for 1,578). The power forward, who was drafted out of high school in 2004 (when he was ranked third overall in the nation by Rivals.com), was also a turnover machine, to the tune of a career average of 2.5 per game, or 2,197 gaffes in 891 career contests. Now, being hated more than a doofus like Kris Humphries (mentioned above for that Kardashian affair) is pretty tough to do, but Smith made sure to cement his status as least liked in Hawks Nation by being a lazy — but eminently talented — player, who bolted town anyway for big bucks in Detroit in 2013.
29. Boston Celtics – Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Danny Ainge, Kevin McHale
In the 1980s, the Celtics were hated league-wide, like the rival L.A. Lakers, for just plain being winners. Integral to their success that decade were Bird, Ainge and McHale — each hated in their own unique way. Bird, the team’s biggest star, was a ruthless trash-talker who was hated by opponents and fans league wide. He was so good at smack talk, he even got the better of noted motor mouth Reggie Miller. Ainge, for his part, was so hated he wore a “I Hate Danny Ainge” t-shirt that he got from Pistons’ fans before a game in the 1987 playoffs. McHale was a dirty player in the mold of Detroit’s “Nasty Boys”, but wasn’t as loathed as Bird, since he didn’t trash talk much. In later years, Paul Pierce would grab the mantle of Boston’s most hated, reviled around the league for not only being good, but letting everyone know it — and he has made no secret of the fact he loves being booed.
28. Charlotte Hornets – Alonzo Mourning
‘Zo may have had a Hall of Fame worthy career, but he was also a Hall of Fame pain in the arse, especially in Charlotte, where it all started. What made him hated, other than the fact he and Larry Johnson openly feuded, was the fact he chafed at a very generous contract offer of $11.2 million per season way back in 1995. Mourning wanted $13 million per season and wouldn’t budge. It led to a trade with Miami, and caused Johnson to opine that ‘Zo’s selfishness cost the team — which it did, as the Hornets franchise went down the tube thereafter. The Mourning-Johnson feud would carry over to his days in Miami, when he and the Knick’s Johnson would be involved in a fistfight during a 1998 playoff game.
27. Chicago Bulls – Dennis Rodman
Perhaps no one in the history of all sports was — and still is — more hated than Dennis Rodman. That he was one of the greatest all-time defensive players and a multiple champion in the NBA is somewhat a moot point. The Worm was just so ridiculously clownish during his playing days and then just as idiotic off the court that he earned his nickname. When not being a prolific rebounder, Rodman was a cheap shot artist in the paint and a relentless trash talker. Off the court, he took to wearing his hair in garish colors, clothes that screamed “I need a stylist” and even a wedding dress in one infamous episode. Then there is the mutual admiration society and bromance he has started with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un. There is no better way to have people spit in disgust when your name is mentioned than to treat a dictator with any kind of respect or admiration.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers – Ricky Davis
LeBron James name invariably comes up for being hated, but not with the Cavs (spoiler alert), since he’s kissed and made up with the folks from “the Land.” Nope, the award for most reviled in Cleveland goes to Ricky Davis, who played in Cleveland from 2001-02 to 2003-04. He was the “man” in Cleveland during the Cavaliers horrible 17-65 season in 2002-03, leading the team in scoring at 20.6 points per game. The Cavs’ deplorable season meant they had first pick in the 2003 draft, which they used to pick King James, rightly so. But Davis, the best player on a bad team — which isn’t saying much — had the gall to make everything about himself after a mid-season (2003-04) trade and say, “I thought LeBron James was just going to be another addition to help me score. I thought we were going to be a one-two tandem. But I guess I was wrong.” He also made a bad name for himself by helping a triple-double along by bouncing the ball off his own rim. Wow.
25. Dallas Mavericks – Lamar Odom And Monta Ellis
On court, in Los Angeles at least, Lamar Odom seemed to have his stuff together. He was a two-time champion, a Sixth Man of the Year and was wildly popular in both the Clippers and Lakers uniforms. Off the court, he was a bit of a hot mess, marrying a Kardashian (Khloe) a la Kris Humphries and later having a lot of trouble with booze and drugs. What made him hated in Dallas was advance billing on his talent, as he was traded there after they won a championship in 2011. After some great seasons in L.A. Odom was dealt to Big D, though he wasn’t happy about it (especially after a bigger deal was vetoed by the commish David Stern). It showed in his play, where he started just four of 50 games, pouted about it, got assigned to the D-League and was even benched for a whole game for the first time in his career. It ended badly, leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. As for Ellis, well, he shot way too much and missed too frequently in two seasons with Big D recently, as well as comparing himself to Dwyane Wade, which was just laughable.
24. Denver Nuggets – J.R. Smith
For a guy with as many hoops gifts as J.R. Smith has, he sure is hated around the league. Smith got the hate going during his five seasons in Denver and has never taken his foot off the gas. In December of 2016, Smith was involved in an infamous brawl with the Knicks that earned him a 10-game suspension. Later that season, Smith was benched by coach George Karl for extremely poor shot selection and inability to hit any threes after hitting on 39 percent during the first four games of the playoffs. After drawing up a play that would have given the ball to Allen Iverson or Carmelo Anthony, Karl said this of Smith, “I have no idea what planet that came from. And then, of course the one with eight seconds to go, from 50 feet, I just love the dignity of the game being insulted right in front of me.” Later on, with the Knicks, Smith cemented his status as a deplorable by being fined for attempting to untie the shoelaces of his opponents.
23. Detroit Pistons – Bill Laimbeer And Isiah Thomas
The “Bad Boys” Pistons of the late 1980s didn’t get their nickname for nothing. Central to all the nastiness that the Pistons brought to the court were center Bill Laimbeer and point guard Isiah Thomas. The dynamic duo, who won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990, made it a point to rub in their success on and off court. Thomas, who’s in the Hall of Fame, made everyone mad, including Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, who really detested him. And, his lousy reputation got him left off the 1992 Dream Team, even though Pistons’ coach Chuck Daly headed the squad. Laimbeer, for his part, was as dirty a player in the paint as any before or after him. He threw his elbows around with abandon, punched opponents in the crotch and stomped on their feet too. A truly hated pair.
22. Golden State Warriors – Latrell Sprewell, Draymond Green And Rick Barry
When a team is as successful as the Dubs are now, opposing players and fans alike are bound to detest them. Over the years, the Warriors have featured many a loathsome player and it started with Hall of Famer Rick Barry. He became one of basketball’s premier prima donnas when he bolted the old San Francisco Warriors for the ABA’s Oakland Oaks for more money in 1967. That greed and some of the self-professed stupid things he said made him persona non grata in the Bay area. In the early 1990s, Latrell Sprewell took the mantle of most hated by screaming at his foes and infamously trying to choke out coach P.J. Carlesimo and turning down a $21 million contract extension, claiming it wasn’t enough to feed his family. These days, Draymond Green is public enemy no. 1 for the Warriors. Why? Because he has hit many an opponent in a sensitive area with a well-placed knee or foot. Is considered one of the dirtiest in the league today. Just ask OKC’s Steven Adams.
21. Houston Rockets – Vernon Maxwell
Vernon Maxwell was such a whirlwind of controversy, his alias during his playing days was “Mad Max.” He built his loathsome reputation in college while playing for Florida, where it was alleged that he snorted cocaine before games. In a game during the 1994-95 season, Maxwell went into the stands in Portland to pursue a loudmouth fan, earning him a 10-game suspension, the ninth of his career. A poor teammate, Maxwell was so upset over losing playing time to Clyde Drexler in the first game of the 1995 playoffs that he feigned a hamstring injury and was given a leave of absence. He and the team agreed on a mutual parting of the ways after the Rockets won the championship. Not many players were as hated by fans and teammates alike for being selfish.
20. Indiana Pacers – Reggie Miller And Ron Artest
Perhaps the most wildly infamous feud in basketball involved noted smack talker Reggie Miller and Hollywood director Spike Lee, an unabashed Knicks fan. Miller was fairly reviled by other team’s fans for being a motor mouth and a success on the court, but for Lee and Knicks Nation, Miller was Satan himself. Miller caught the ire of Lee and the folks at Madison Square Garden during the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. In Game 5 and the series tied 2-2, Miller scored 25 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Pacers to victory. While hitting threes with abandon, Miller and Lee, seated court side, got into some heated discussion, leading Miller to later flash the “choke sign” at the Malcolm X auteur. Several years later, Ron “aka Metta World Peace” Artest joined Miller in Indiana and quickly made everyone forget how mad they were at Miller. Artest, who was a mercurial presence on every team he played for, made himself the centerpiece of the wildest brawl in NBA history, the “Malice At The Palace” in Detroit in 2004. He was suspended for 86 games, the longest such ban ever handed down.
19. L.A. Clippers – Cory Maggette And Matt Barnes
The L.A. Clippers don’t have a whole lot to be proud of, yet, in their NBA history. And players like Cory Maggette and Matt Barnes have only stained their reputation. Maggette, a noted flopper, started down the path to being detested by making Mike Krzyzewski mad at Duke with his indifferent defensive play and poor shot selection. During his eight seasons with the Clips, Maggette feuded with his coaches while playing some of the best basketball of his career. In the end, though, he left the team for a five-year, $50 million deal with Golden State. It left such a bad taste in everyone’s mouth that his legion of detractors bestowed on him the nickname “Bad Porn.” And then there is Matt Barnes. His checkered career with the Clippers saw him commit several misdeeds. Among them a fine for not leaving the court in a timely fashion after an ejection and then using his Twitter account as the game continued. Then there were fines for using profanity towards fans in Washington and Phoenix and finally a rude comment directed at James Harden’s mother during a Rockets-Clippers playoff game.
18. Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant
There are a few candidates in the long and storied history of the Lakers who could qualify for most hated, including Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain. However, they pale in comparison to the Black Mamba, who, despite his legendary skills, managed to tarnish his name at just about every turn. He and Shaq Daddy openly disliked each other and it is widely known he had the biggest hand in ruining a championship team by having O’Neal and coach Phil Jackson out of town. Then there was the alleged sexual assault in 2003 and the settlement in a civil suit that stained his already lousy reputation. After the Lakers went into the dumper without O’Neal and Jackson, Bryant also had the temerity to ask for a trade. The lovefest that was his retirement tour last season certainly didn’t get rid of all the ill will he created during his Hall of Fame career.
17. Memphis Grizzlies – Antoine Walker
Because the history of the Grizz is so short, there are few candidates for “most hated.” It speaks volumes, then, that a guy like Antoine Walker, who played all of two pre-season games for Memphis in 2008, takes the cake. Along with being a noted lazy player who rarely ventured inside the three-point arc on offence, Walker also did a celebratory “shimmy” after scoring that just plain angered his opponents. Little wonder the Grizzlies let him languish on the inactive list for a couple of months in 2008 before releasing him in December. Part of the general dislike for Walker — and which also played a part in him being cut and traded multiple times — were his host of legal troubles. Shortly after being shuttled out of Memphis, Walker was arrested for DUI in Florida in January, 2009. Later that year, he was charged with three felony counts of writing bad checks to cover $800,000 in gambling debts.
16. Miami Heat – LeBron James
The King has kissed and made up, delivering a championship to the long-suffering fans of the Cavaliers in 2016. However, there may still be some lingering resentment in the “the Land” over his ridiculously over-the-top “Decision” in 2010. He teased the fans in Cleveland by delaying his intent to sign in Miami, causing his jersey to be burned in effigy and a host of players, pundits, fans and executives being highly critical of the superstar. He even tried to cover his tracks by claiming that the ensuing bad publicity from “The Decision” was racially motivated. The team fell apart after he left, while the Heat enjoyed back-to-back championships, giving Cleveland fans even more ammunition to fire at him. Even though he has returned in triumph to Cleveland, there is a website called “Ihatelebronjames.com” that continues to publish LeBron hate unabated.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Ray Allen
The Bucks have had so few detestable players over the years that we had to put Ray Allen in this spot. He would later become a lightning rod for controversy in Boston (we’ll get to that), but he started the hate directed at him during his early career in Milwaukee. While he was one of the best shooting guards in the game during his career, Allen was known for being aloof, arrogant and testy with his teammates. He also managed to anger a few fellow superstars later in his career, notably Kobe Bryant, who he accused of alienating teammates and predicted that Kobe would go to L.A. Lakers ownership to get help after running Shaq out of town. Kobe was none to impressed, to say the least. Then there was his ignominious exit from a great Boston team in 2011, which angered superstar teammates Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajan Rondo. They still hold a grudge to this day.
14. Minnesota Timberwolves – Kevin Garnett
If there was an award for outstanding smack talk, two-time Minnesota Timberwolf Kevin Garnett would be a multiple winner. In fact, we dare anyone to name an NBA player who hasn’t been on the end of one of KG’s zingers during the heat of the action. One NBA coach, in an interview a few years back, was asked who the most hated player in the NBA was. His answer, “Garnett.” When asked who was second, the coach said, deadpan “Everyone else is tied.” He has run his mouth so bad, he once called Charlie Villanueva, who suffers alopecia (a disease that renders its victims hairless), a “cancer patient.” He’s also said some nasty things about Carmelo Anthony’s wife and even got mild-mannered Tim Duncan to hate him. On top of his unpleasant utterings, Garnett has been a dirty player who once blew in David West’s ear to draw a technical and egregiously head-butted Dwight Howard.
13. New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets – Stephon Marbury
Perhaps it’s fitting that Stephon Marbury is plying his trade on the other side of the world in China. That way, his misdeeds in the NBA can be as forgotten as he is. Marbury was so arrogant during his career, he gave himself the nickname “Starbury, going so far as to having a star tattooed on his head. His enormous ego was such that while with the Nets, he ignored coaches’ advice and angered his teammates with stupid remarks. He was a talent but could never make his teammates better and get them to the playoffs in three seasons. No coincidence, then, that when he was traded to the rival Knicks, the Nets actually got better. His reputation would precede him in the Big Apple and he was soon the most reviled athlete there too, according to a couple of ink-stained wretches from the New York Daily News.
12. New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans – Chris Paul
Paul could have made this list as a hated Los Angeles Clipper, but he really to got the ball rolling on hate thrown his way while with the Pelicans early in his career. When he was a star with Wake Forest, Paul was suspended late in his sophomore season for punching an opponent in the groin. Drafted by New Orleans, Paul quickly rose to NBA stardom, but stirred up controversy after the team fired coach Byron Scott during the 2009-10 season, saying about the move, “they should have consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened.”At the conclusion of the 2010-11 campaign, Paul let it be known he would probably leave via free agency, forcing the Pelicans to deal him. After a trade to the Lakers fell through, he was finally dealt to the Clippers, much to the chagrin of Pelicans management and fans.
11. New York Knicks – John Starks
It’s kind of funny how generally hated Carmelo Anthony has all of a sudden become a sympathetic figure in the gong show that is New York Knicks basketball. He could have been most hated here, but that (dis)honor goes to former Knick John Starks. In the early 1990s, Starks made many enemies by being a trash-talking overly physical player, catching the ire of popular Chicago Bulls Scottie Pippen (who he tripped) and trading barbs with Michael Jordan. Bulls fans’ hate for Starks only increased when he famously dunked over Horace Grant and Jordan during the 1993 Eastern Conference finals. He was also a coach killer in New York, getting Don Nelson (who he feuded with previously at Golden State) fired. That pink slip stemmed from Starks’ displeasure at being benched in favor of Hubert Davis.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics – Gary Payton And Kevin Durant
Gary Payton was as great defensively and offensively for the Seattle SuperSonics as he was a noted chirp-meister, getting under the skin of his opponents to the point of physical retribution. The Hall of Fame point guard new how to rile up his opponents with his yap and his ability to push others around. He as so vicious with his smack talk that he received the third most technical fouls in the history of the league. And “The Glove” wasn’t just a pain in his opponents’ arses, as he was an egotistical and volatile presence in the SuperSonics dressing room. Since then, Kevin Durant now wears the goat horns in the team’s next incarnation, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since bolting OKC for big bucks and a chance to win a championship in Oakland with the Dubs, Durant has become public enemy no. 1 in Thunder land. The “cupcake” taunts thrown Durant’s way by Thunder fans and former teammates like Russell Westbrook have become legendary.
9. Orlando Magic – Shaquille O’Neal
No player in the history of the NBA was more quotable or more controversial than the larger-than-life Shaquille O’Neal. The big man burst onto the scene with Orlando after a standout collegiate career with LSU, selected first overall by the Magic in 1992. His shot blocking and rebounding made him an instant star and turned around a moribund Magic franchise. Yet, O’Neal stirred the pot early too, being overheard saying that head coach Matty Guokas should be fired in favor of assistant Brian Hill. Some great seasons followed, though playoff success would elude Orlando, and by 1995-96 O’Neal was a free agent. Again, Shaq had a problem with coach Hill (who did replace Guokas) and said the team just didn’t respect him. O’Neal, in the midst of contract negotiations, chafed at his lack of privacy in central Florida and made it be known that he didn’t appreciate sharing the limelight with Penny Hardaway. In the end, the petulant big man signed with the Lakers, making him highly unpopular with Magic fans, teammates and front office types forever after.
8. Philadelphia 76ers – Allen Iverson And Charles Barkley
All you need to know why Allen Iverson was hated in Philly can be summed up in one word — practice. That famous diatribe about practice and the fact he missed several of them — a viral thread in an age before Twitter — sums up AI’s controversial tenure in a Sixers uniform. Outrageously talented, Iverson caught the ire of coaches and teammates by being a “me first” player who took suspect shots and was irresponsible at both ends of the floor. He was openly disdainful of a handful of coaches during his 10 years with the Sixers and found himself in hot water for being late to a fan appreciation night, of all things. For his part, Sir Charles Barkley was also a reviled Sixer, once attempting to spit on an unruly fan, only to hit a little girl sitting nearby. The Round Mound of Rebound came by his alias naturally, eschewing fitness and generally making enemies of fans, media and coaches in his eight-year stint. He was a combative sort who once got a $162,500 fine for scrapping with Detroit bad boy Bill Laimbeer, too.
7. Phoenix Suns – Robert Horry and Markieff Morris
Though he would later be part of some all-time teams in Los Angeles and San Antonio, seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry will forever be remembered for also being a divisive force with the Suns in a 32-game stint with the team in 1996-97. He would also add to the disdain thrown his way from fans with a controversial move as an opponent 10 years later. During that 1996-97 season, Horry got into it with teammate Danny Ainge (no saint himself), ultimately throwing a towel at him. And in the 2007 playoffs, when he was with San Antonio, he threw a vicious hip check at Suns’ superstar Steve Nash, which resulted in a brawl that got several Suns ejected and suspended and led to a Spurs series victory. As for Morris, he assumed the bad boy mantle before the start of the 2015-16 season, when he was fined for publicly demanding a trade from the team — making him highly unpopular. After being benched indefinitely later in the season, he drew a two-game suspension for throwing a towel in coach Jeff Hornacek’s direction. It caused AZCentral.com to label him one of Arizona’s biggest sports villains.
6. Portland Trail Blazers – Rasheed Wallace
Just how bad was Rasheed Wallace as a player? How about the all-time mark for technical fouls in a season (41) bad. Not only that, but the former “Jail Blazer” owns the career mark for getting T’ed up at a whopping 317 times in 1,109 games. Much of his crime and punishment stemmed from the fact that he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, screaming at foes and officials alike, with impunity. A talented shooter for a big guy, Wallace wiped away any good will generated by his prowess by going off on anyone around him. He was suspended by the NBA in 2003 when he threatened referee Tim Donaghy on a loading dock after a Trail Blazers home game. It was the NBA’s longest suspension for an offence that didn’t involve violence or substance abuse. Wallace placed himself in the pantheon of hated ballers by also coining the phrase “Ball Don’t Lie”, used when opponents missed free throws after disputed referee calls.
5. Sacramento Kings – Vlade Divac
Not only has Divac been a hated man as a player with the Kings, he is also now a hated executive, post-DeMarcus Cousins trade. In his playing days with the Kings, when he was a great passer for big man and a determined shot blocker, Divac was known as a diver who went down like he was shot at the slightest contact. Once called the best flopper of all-time by veteran forward P.J. Brown, Divac admitted as much, saying that he would drop at contact when he felt that officials had owed him a call or two. He was a popular and beloved player (hated only by the opposition) but now as VP of Basketball Operations and GM of the Kings he has become a pariah. By getting little for star center Cousins in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans at this year’s trade deadline, Divac set a lousy franchise back even further.
4. San Antonio Spurs – Bruce Bowen And Tony Parker
The Spurs, as a team, are generally hated by the rest of the league for being so darn successful. Individually, it’s hard to hate stars like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, Pau Gasol and Kawhi Leonard. However, former Spur Bruce Bowen and current Spur Tony Parker get singled out for special hateful treatment. Bowen, known as one of the NBA’s better defenders in his eight successful seasons with San Antonio from 2001-02 to 2008-09, was a dirty player who thought nothing of stomping on feet or punching groins to gain an advantage. He was rarely censured for his hard-nosed play, but did pick up a $10,000 fine once for kicking Ray Allen. In short, a player the Spurs loved to have and opponents just hated to play against. In Parker’s case, he became hated by former teammate Brent Barry for allegedly sleeping with Barry’s wife. And get this, Parker may have cheated on wife and TV star Eva Longoria. It was later discovered that Parker did in fact cheat on Longoria and the two had an acrimonious divorce.
3. Toronto Raptors – Vince Carter
Vince Carter was once known as “Air Canada” in Toronto and had the word “Vinsanity” attached to the effect he had on the court with his balling proficiency. For six seasons — and part of a seventh — Carter owned the big town on the shores of Lake Ontario. He electrified the masses with otherworldly moves and big jams, causing fans and media types to gush over his exploits. However, in one fell swoop, he went from hero to zero in 10 seconds flat. After an injury shortened 2003-04 season that saw the Raptors narrowly miss the playoffs, GM Glen Grunwald and the coaching staff were canned, causing Carter to publicly criticize Maple Leafs Sports And Entertainment and president Richard Peddie. When the dust settled, Rob Babcock was named GM and Sam Mitchell coach, and their philosophy didn’t jibe with their superstar. Much speculation then ensued that Carter demanded a trade, which eventually happened later in the 2004-05 season. For his supposed selfish aims, Carter was booed lustily every time he stepped on the ACC court with another team.
2. Utah Jazz – Karl Malone
The Mailman was as beloved in Utah as he was despised everywhere else in the league. Malone would play all but 42 of 1,476 games with the Jazz and leave the franchise as its greatest player all-time. The two-time MVP and Hall of Famer never did win a championship in Utah and he left a lasting legacy as one of the game’s dirtier players. He was known for being all elbows every time he pulled down one of his 14,968 rebounds (seventh best all-time), or cheap-shotting opponents to goad them into fouling him. Added to that, Malone was also a consistent whiner, arguing calls against him every time he employed his dirty tactics. In his lengthy career, many a forehead felt the sting of Malone’s giant hands and the odd player also felt the force of one of his giant boots to the groin.
1. Washington Wizards – Gilbert Arenas
For a short spell in Washington, Gilbert Arenas was cause celebre, nicknamed “Agent Zero” for his jersey number and shot-making ability, as well as “Hibachi” for being a fiery sort. But, like many an immature doofus, Arenas made a move that quickly hastened his exit from the league and made him a hated man around D.C. In his sixth season with the Wiz, 2008-09, it was discovered that Arenas had been storing firearms in his dressing room locker, in direct contravention of the law, not to mention team rules. He was charged and later pleaded guilty to felony possession of an unlicenced firearm. If that wasn’t bad enough, the league suspended him indefinitely while it investigated the incident and to make matters worse he made light of the situation by pointing a finger firearm at his teammates and “shooting” them during a pre-game introduction. He was suspended for the remainder of that season and was soon traded. By 2012, he was playing in China.