How to Pronounce Etan Thomas
Since I raised the question, I might as well answer it. I finally asked E-tan/e-Tan how to pronounce his first name, and he told me that it is, in fact, the latter ("e-Tan"), and has been throughout his entire career. I pointed out that I'd heard several teammates go with the more forceful E-tan, and that a few teammates insisted that was the correct version, and that I now wondered whether his teammates actually knew how to pronounce his name.
"A lot of times they don't," Etan said. "They say E-tan. I'm like, 'Ok, whatever.'"
How can this be, I asked? They're his teammates. Teamwork is all about communication and respect? Why don't they get it right?
"They just don't," he said. "That's the only thing I can say.They just don't. It's spelled with an 'E' so they act like there's an accent above the 'E,' and there's not. After a while you're just like, 'Ok.' After a while you get tired of correcting them."
Forget PT and dreads; maybe that's what the throwdown with Brendan was about. Brendan called e-Tan "E-tan," Etan called Brendan "Brenda," and next thing you knew bodies were being slammed. So does anyone inside the organization, I asked, actually get it right?
"Some people do," Etan said. "Coach does. So that's ok."
[Edit: Was I the last person to learn that Andray Blatche's first name is pronounced Ann-dray, and not Andre? The Wiznotes make that pretty clear, and Eddie was calling him Ann-dray yesterday. All his teammates say Dre, if I'm remembering correctly, so maybe that's why I never noticed.]
And have you been curious about the latest addition to Gil's massive uniform collection, which includes an Ostertag, despite the words of a FreeDarko commenter, who wrote "I know of no one who would wear a Greg Ostertag jersey. Not even in jest."
Well, here's the answer. Yesterday, Gil received a Rafer Alston Milwaukee Bucks jersey. Rafer was drafted by the Bucks, played with the Idaho Stampede and then spent three non-descript years in Milwaukee, averaging about three points and 11 minutes a game. This is worthy of inclusion in Gilbert's jersey vault? Has he no standards? Who's next, Ledell Eackles? Awvee Storey?
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