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Gilbert Arenas, Wizards Guard

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As told to Elizabeth Newman

On his love of bowling

I started bowling when I was 13, growing up in L.A. My friends and I bowled all the time. I got away from it for a while, but I started again last summer. I bowled every day -- six, seven hours a day. When I wasn't playing ball, I was bowling. As soon as the season's over, it will be back to bowling. My high score is 277. I have bowling names when I play. I've been Black Fever, Hurricane. Now I'm the People's Champ. That's why I've got bowling balls with a boxing glove in them.

On throwing his jersey to the crowd after each game, home and away

I gave myself the idea years ago when I saw [the Bulls'] Dennis Rodman throw his jersey into the stands and everyone screamed for it. I said to myself, If I make the NBA, I want to do that. That would be my legacy. When I played for Golden State [in 2001-02 and '02-03], I couldn't afford the jerseys [they cost about $200 each], so I threw my shoes.

On entering the draft after his sophomore season at Arizona, then getting picked 31st

I just knew my name was going to be called in the first round. I was watching the tube by myself while my dad was throwing a party in another room. I wanted to see what team I was going to and then join everyone to celebrate. When the first round was over and I didn't get picked, I started crying like a baby. I threw my jewelry out the window. I was trying to call people and see if I could give back the car I bought. I called my coach at Arizona and asked if I could come back to school. It was terrible.

On being a practical joker

It drives some guys crazy, but I love it. One of my favorites was sneaking up on my teammate Awvee Storey. He has a bad attitude, and I just have to try and get him to smile. One day he was on the toilet reading the paper, and I snuck in with a water hose, turned it on him and sprayed him for, like, three minutes. He had all his clothes on, and he got soaked. It was hilarious. But for some reason he still wasn't laughing.

On being a gym rat

When I get bored or lazy, I go to the gym. If I'm depressed, I go to the gym. If I'm worried or anxious, I go to the gym. I could be up at night watching TV and think, Let's go to the gym right now -- no matter what time it is. I average 2 1/2 to three workouts a day. I get on the treadmill and run. Sometimes I lift.

On bachelorhood

I'm looking for Ms. Right. I'd love to do The Bachelor. That would be perfect for me. I've been single too long. I need to settle down and try the love thing for a while.

ARENAS, 24, AVERAGES 29.3 POINTS PER GAME FOR PLAYOFF-BOUND WASHINGTON

Issue date: April 24, 2006

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