Every good player needs a dope nickname. Therefore, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is set with his Agent Zero moniker. His exploits on the b-ball court wreaked havoc on NBA defenses enough to earn him All-NBA Second Team honors for the 06/07 season and off the court his charity (he donates money for every point he scores to DC public schools through his Scores for Schools Program) and marketability is in full swing with endorsements from Adidas and the cover of EAs NBA Live 08 videogame on his resume.Arenas was in NYC promoting his latest sneaker, the GIL II ZERO. It was the first time he had seen some of them since Adidas is being tight with revealing the designs (Theyre afraid to show me cause I leak them, laughed Arenas). The sneak peak revealed them to be surefire collectors items so check back on AllHipHop.com for each shoe as theyre revealed throughout the season (Arenas will wear certain shoes and is already set to accept the fines for the shoes not meeting the NBAs uniform guidelines). The series will feature 20, exclusive limited edition takes on the design which include collaborations from the likes of Coca-Cola, Benihanas [Hibachi!], SLAM Magazine and even Looney Tunes Tweety Bird that are gleamed from Arenas style, tastes and personality. Arenas caught up with AllHipHop to discuss his shoe game. AllHipHop.com: Did you have to lobby to get your own shoe and now with 20 exclusive shoes in the wings, is this is your way of getting back at Adidas?Gilbert Arenas: Yeah, I been waiting for my own shoe from Adidas for a long time now. Wed been going back and forth. That day has come, it came last year and I was so excited about having my first shoe. I really wanted my second shoe to be different and special. Thats why we came up with the concept of 20 different ones, so everyone has a life of its own. AllHipHop.com: You mentioned on your blog a while ago the back and forth when it came to the design, is that were the idea of 20 varieties came from? Gilbert Arenas: No, the twenty designs came out after we figured out how the show was gonna look. The first shoe, it was going to be 82 colors, for every different game. Every different game was going to be a different shoe. But the problem with that concept was the shoe was terrible. Once I killed that notion I came up with this new one. AllHipHop.com: Surely you spent a good part of the summer rehabbing your knee, is there anything youve been able to add to your game?Gilbert Arenas: Right now Im actually doing that. Im adding a mid-range [game]. Ya know, Ill sit there and work on moves, like I was working on my regular shot, just getting my mechanics back. Im a much better shooter that I was last year. Then I started working on back to the basket fadeaways. Then I realized, Im 6 3 anyone can block this shot [laughing]. Im sitting there after 500 makes of a turnaround jumpshot, I told the trainer, Hey why dont you come and try to block that shot? And I shoot it [blocked]. I dont know why I just worked on two hours of this when its the same thing someone else is going to do. So right now Im just working on screen and rolls coming off mid-range.AllHipHop.com: Youve documented your love hate relationship with trainers, have they ever give you grief over wearing lo-tops?Gilbert Arenas: Umm, I remember in college where it was mandatory that we had to wear hi-top shoes, we had to wear tapeI hated both. So I used to cut the bottom of the tape off, the whole foot part, it just had this part [points to ankle] that showed the socks so it looked like I had the tape on [chuckling]. With the shoes, I was just like, Coach if I wear the tape can I wear my low tops cause Im more comfortable in low tops. He was like, Alright I guess. My whole thing was dont get an ankle injury because if they see I dont have the tape on AllHipHop.com: You dont wear tape [on your ankles] to this day?Gilbert Arenas: I cant wear them. It restricts you dont wear tape while walking, why would I wear tape playing basketball? AllHipHop.com: Do you have an all time favorite shoe?Gilbert Arenas: Umm Id have to say Penny Hardaways. That shoe he came out with, the first ones. That and the patent leather Air Jordans.AllHipHop.com: Didnt you wear those Pennys at Arizona?Gilbert Arenas: Those were the Foamposites, the second shoe. The all blue ones. I tried to actually wear them again when I got to Arizona but AllHipHop.com: You were underrated coming out of high school going to Arizona Gilbert Arenas: I dont know how. I averaged 38 points (laughing) AllHipHop.com: But then you left after sophomore year in college to enter the draft. When did it click in your mind that you could play in the league?Gilbert Arenas: I remember it was I dont remember the date, I dont know why I dont remember the date but my college coach sent me the highlight tape, cause I always make highlight tapes. He sent me a highlight tape that I actually had done with the music and stuff and I left it in college. It was a highlight tape of my first two years and he was like, This might help you out. I put it in and youre just watching yourself and Im seeing me do moves and Im like its basketball. This is what I do. How can I not play on this level? So I got to practice and Im like you know, Ima just focus. Ima just focus, for two weeks play as hard as I can, go out there and just do everything. Wake up six in the morning, just get my body right, get my mind back to being sharp cause at the time I dont if you had put me out there Like Im glad they didnt have the D-League then (laughing). Two weeks straight I guess the coach could see this. Ive never gave respect to this coach but Brian Winters was a coach who actually put me on the floor and felt that I was a better player than Larry Hughes at the time and actually gave me the opportunity to play. I guess he [saw] something in me that I wasnt seeing or they werent seeing when I first came. All they seen was the goofy kid who just loves to laugh. Then I said Im not going to laugh anymore. Ima put all this frustration and energy into basketball. And then I did and then I got to play and I said this is what got me on, this is whats going to keep me on. And then I started reading the paper, Hes a hothead. He has a bad attitude. Im like [laughing]Im at the point where I can focus and still be who I am. Thats when I got back to the funny kid who just loves to joke. AllHipHop.com: Kanye battled 50 Cent, whose shoe do you want to battle?Gilbert Arenas: I called it out. I want to see who takes the challenge. If its D Wade, LeBron or Carmelo. Or Kobe, hey. I have no problem challenging you guys. AllHipHop.com: Had to feel good dropping 60 points on Kobe.Gilbert Arenas: Ya know Im a Laker fan, Im a Kobe fan. All my friends, were diehard Laker fans. You cant tell us nothing wrong about Kobe and the Lakers. So when it happened, all my friends is thereI got like a hundred tickets. So theyre pissed off. One, the Lakers lost. Two I outscored Kobe (laughing). Before the game its like, Kobes going to give you the business today. Uh huh, why dont you stick Kobe? And thats the whole argument, its me against all my friends because I gotta defend myself now.