Warriors guard Gilbert Arenas may be a rookie in the NBA, but when it comes to high-priced goodies, he clearly knows his way around. Two weeks after declaring himself eligible for the draft last May, Arenas plunked down $55,000 for a Cadillac Escalade, the ride of choice for jocks today. He then tricked it out with custom features valued at another $50,000. "It's my first car in the NBA, and everybody's favorite is his first," says Arenas, who showed us some of his SUV's unique assets.
Lifting the rear hatch reveals six 12-inch Rock-ford Fosgate speakers and five 1,000-watt amplifiers. Arenas had the Escalade's third row of seats removed to accommodate the monster audio components. "I only listen to rap," says Arenas, "and I like everyone to hear what I'm listening to when I come down the street."
The car has four: a 13-inch drop-down screen between the front and rear seats, a flip screen on the dashboard where the radio would normally be and a screen on each sun visor. "Everyone in the car can watch," says Arenas. "I get to watch sometimes too. Haven't gotten into an accident yet."
So what can Arenas and his passengers watch on all those TVs? Well, they can always take in a movie, thanks to the six-disc Sony DVD player. Soon they'll be able to face off on the Sony PlayStation 2 or Microsoft XBox video-game machines that Arenas is having installed. Or they can simply check out the outside world by tuning in the video feed from the security camera mounted on the rear bumper (below).
Rounding out Arenas's souped-up wheels are 22-inch Lowenheart rims, beige leather and suede interiors, and tinted windows-very tinted. "The windows are pitch-black," says Arenas. "If you have all that stuff inside, you can't have regular windows."