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November 21, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
If you had to pick one current NBA player that would end up in Madame Tussauds wax museum, it'd be Gilbert Arenas
, right? (They didn't have enough wax for Eddy Curry.)
The figure, of course, looks remarkably like Arenas, right down to the tattoos, which peek out from under his jersey and shorts. Gil in Wax might have the original by a half-inch in height and the figure's head seems just a bit larger than the real McCoy. But overall: dead ringer. These Tussauds people should really consider doing this for a living.
Drew Potton, Madame Tussauds's head of brand marketing and external relations, said Arenas kept surfacing at the top in all of their visitor surveys, which is why he got the nod over, say, a LeBron or Kobe ...
Arenas was just the third NBA player to be sculpted from wax by Madame Tussauds, after Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. Yao Ming will unveil his own figure shortly. "When they told me I was the third, I said, 'Third this year or third ever?' I was like: 'Why me? I haven't done anything special to be the third.' But it's an honor. It's unbelievable."
Of course, this is only a newsworthy item right now because the Wizards are 1-8 and the worst team in the Eastern Conference
, something that is clearly not lost on Agent Zero.
"This year, with me and Brendan [Haywood] out, some of the veterans are like, 'Man, I don't even know what to think of this year,' " Arenas said. "And I told 'em, 'If this is one of those years we don't make the playoffs, we're one of those teams that's in last place the whole year -- you know that's what happened to San Antonio and that's how they got Tim Duncan. If that happens with us, it's for the better."
It's not even Thanksgiving, and already the man who signed a $111 million contract is hoping to land a lottery pick. Good times.
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