Gilbert Arenas suffers injury in Chinese Basketball Association debut


Former NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas injured himself in his Chinese Basketball Association debut as his Shanghai Sharks lost to the defending champion Beijing Ducks 94-78, according to local sources.

Nicknamed “Agent Zero,” Arenas, 30, a three-time NBA All Star signed with Shanghai in a reported $700,000, one-year deal.

Arenas, who signed with the Yao Ming-owned Sharks last week, limped off the court halfway through the first quarter of Saturday night’s opening game of the 2012-2013 season and sat out the rest of the match.

“He pulled a hip flexor [muscle], he will be day-to-day … obviously we would like to have him back as soon as possible,” Shanghai’s American coach Dan Panaggio told reporters. “I didn’t expect this, but this is sports, this is basketball, the craziest things happen.”

Team officials said Arenas could be out for up to seven days.

When signing with Shanghai, Arenas joined several other former US National Basketball Association stars in the CBA, including Beijing’s Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady, who plays for the Qingdao Eagles.

Marbury scored 16 points and dished out eight assists in the win that was broadcast nationwide. Before the match, championship rings were handed out to the Beijing players for winning last season’s CBA title.

Arenas entered the NBA in 2001, and played his first two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 10.9 ppg in his rookie year, and an impressive 18.3 ppg the next year.

In 2003-2004 Arenas was traded to the Washington Wizards, where he played the next 7 NBA seasons, becoming a much better scorer.

After the 2006-2007 season, Arenas’ stats started to decline thanks to injuries, and in 2010 he was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he played in just 49 games, averaging just 8 ppg for the team.

The next year the three-time NBA All-Star Arenas signed with Memphis Grizzlies, playing in 17 games, averaging 4.2 ppg, with 40 percent shooting from the field.

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