Gilbertology, Day One
Gilbert on his high-altitude tent: "I had it put in my house, slept in it about two weeks and it actually helped me out there a little bit."
Gilbert on how he keeps himself busy inside the tent: "I have actually a couch in there so I do a puzzle. I've got a hard puzzle that I'm doing, about an 1,800-[piece] puzzle. It was a jungle one. I got probably three pieces together in two weeks."
Gilbert on these Internet folks who are comparing him to Michael Jackson (you know who you are): "''Cause they think it's a hyperchamber, that's why. It's not a hyperchamber, it's just a room. The people in Colorado, what's wrong with them? You know? All I'm doing, instead of going to Colorado, I'm just having Colorado come to me....Why I gotta be Michael Jackson? Why couldn't I be someone else? I don't know. Why everybody keep thinking it's a hyperchamber? What is that?"
Gilbert on bringing his high-altitude tent to Richmond: "I actually have a tent with me but I didn't bring the actual box. I didn't know I had to bring that, the air box. I've just got a tent, just a plastic bag."
Gilbert on whether he'll sleep in the plain tent while in Richmond: "No, no. I don't need it right now. I was gonna bring it just in case."
DeShawn Stevenson on the tent: "It's awesome. You know, that's a player that's an all-star and wants to get better, to find different ways to preserve his breathing habits and stuff. So, you know, to each his own. He's got the money for it."
Eddie Jordan on the tent: "I've heard some rhetoric about that but I don't know the full facts, so I won't comment on it."
Caron Butler on the tent: "I read that in the paper this morning. I actually didn't know that. And once I heard that, I was like, 'Man, I've got to up the ante, I've got to do something now.' So we'll see what I can do next summer to keep challenging him. I don't know, I might build a hill in my backyard or something."
Gilbert on the recent party with Diddy at which Champagne bottles were reportedly thrown: "Oh, I left. I was getting out of there. That's not my style. I don't do the fighting in the club."
Gilbert on his video game team: Final Boss? You know anything about video games? They're the number one [Halo] team for the last four years. They just took me through a session and beat the hell out of me and I was like, 'Well, I've got to sponsor this team.' You know, they didn't have any sponsors. And I was like, 'This is something I can get into.'"
(As part of the sponsorship, he's gone to see the four-man team play at a tournament in Orlando, and he gives them gear, clothes and money. $3,900 at a pop for each player. Why they need gear and clothes, I'm not yet certain, but I guess they're big-time now and have since gotten serious money. Says here that "'The Ogre Twins' -- Thomas 'Ogre1' Ryan and Daniel 'Ogre2' Ryan -- are believed by many to have telepathic powers for their uncanny ability to anticipate one another's moves." Wonder if they saw the high-altitude tent coming?)
Gilbert on his latest reading material: "Harry Potter books."
What? "I'm regular. I mean, I guess I'm supposed to be reading, what, the Phil Jackson book or the T.O. book? Nah. I like Harry Potter. You haven't seen the movies? See, movies like that, you have to watch those first. Watch the movies first, then read the book. Don't ever read the book and then watch the movie. You'll be disappointed."
DeShawn Stevenson on whether Gilbert is the most unusual player in the League: "Gil's normal compared to me."
Do tell: "People have other rituals. I've been on teams with Karl Malone where he doesn't switch socks; his socks stink. Same thing, people keep the same jock straps."
Wait, they do? Who? "I'm not gonna say, you know what I'm saying?"
Shouldn't all of The Washington Post's Many Bloggers be getting back to VCU: Yup. Practice starts again at 6 p.m. More tomorrow.
October 3, 2006; 5:41 PM ET
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