Okay, I feel a little creepy for speculating why Gilbert Arenas chose to wear uniform No. 9, as relayed by the Bog’s Dan Steinberg and the Tweet of Michael Lee, over No. 6 or No. 0 for next season, which will undoubtedly be his most trying as a basketball player … all things considered.
I was told his new number could have something to do with this mother, who passed away on March 13. So, I speculated that Gilbert might wear No. 13. But in hindsight, that was too easy. Nothing is ever easy with Mr. Arenas.
I really don’t care to guess much more about why No. 9, but I will leave you with this paragraph from Mike Wise’s excellent, excellent profile on Arenas which appeared in the Washington Post in late October 2006:
To understand Arenas, you have to go back to the beginning. To understand his journey, where he has traveled and how he came to light up a moribund basketball team in Washington, you need to start over. To understand the player who gallops off the Verizon Center floor bare-chested after tossing his jersey into the stands following Wizards home games, who likes to practice alone in the middle of the night, who must own every DVD and collectible jersey he can buy, who is such an extroverted performer that he leaves work to become a solitary homebody, you have to go back to the rundown Overtown section of Miami. You have to go back to apartment No. 9. You have to go back to the mother who gave him up there.