This isn't a measure of character.
This is a measure of characters.
This week, we're ranking the 10 biggest characters in the NBA today.
What, exactly, do we mean when we call someone a "character"? In a word: distinctiveness. A player could be funny. He could be strange. He could be downright weird. All of these traits — either in combination or on their own — might qualify a player for inclusion on this list.
Shaquille O' Neal, Rasheed Wallace, Jason Williams — all of them are characters. Too bad they're now retired.
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Characters ranking: 5th
Current team: Orlando Magic
Age on Nov. 1, 2011: 29
Seasons in NBA: 10
On the court: Arenas once was one of the game's best scorers, but a major left-knee injury in April 2007 and his suspension for half of the 2009-10 season for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards' locker room have left him a different player. He is trying to strengthen the muscles around his left knee.
What makes him a character: Agent Zero — that was the persona he adopted during his time with Washington, and there's no question it was one of the goofiest personas in league history. Arenas fancies himself as a comedian off of the court; he said that's why his Twitter feed featured a lot of jokes included tweets many people might find inappropriate or sexist. . . . Arenas said his goal with strengthening his knee is to get his leg "back to beefcake," which has to be the first time anyone has ever used the phrase "back to beefcake." . . . He and another big character, teammate Dwight Howard, recently competed in a "plank war" against each other and posted those photos on the Internet. Arenas even planked on a median outside a toll plaza. . . . Arenas' Twitter feed came back to bite him. He recently sought a court ruling that would've prevented his former fiancée from appearing on VH1's Basketball Wives LA, but the judge rejected his request, saying that Arenas' own Twitter feed weakened his claim that the details of his family life were out of bounds for the reality show.
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