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Gilbert For MVP? Gilbert vs. Nikki Teasley?

We're going to hear more and more of this, especially with all these game-winners. Comcast newcomer Andy Siegel was asking a bunch of Wiz persons today how many buzzer-beaters they have in their career.

"I can probably count 'em on one hand," Antawn Jamison said.

"About as many as [Gilbert] got this year," Caron Butler said.

"Not more than 11," Jarvis Hayes said, referring to the number Gil has halfway through this season.

Here was Mike Wise's take on the MVP issue:

It doesn't matter that Arenas is unlikely to win the award this season. No. What matters is that a supernova from Washington, which hasn't had an athlete in the running for such an honor since Mark Rypien finished fourth in 1991 in NFL most valuable player balloting, is in the conversation. What matters is the hope and pride Arenas brings to an area dying to live vicariously through a young star in his prime.

Christian Gomez!!!! Plus, Ovechkin, no? But whatever, I'll grant Wise his point, because everyone out here today was talking MVP.

"He's definitely at the top of my list of the greatest players in this game at this present time," said Nikki Teasley of the Mystics. "He does so many things so well offensively....He works hard on his game, he practices all the time, so he's very confident at what he does. He just so happens to be overly confident to the 25th power....He's very, very good at what he does. And a lot of people may think a certain way about him because of what he says and how overly confident he is, but you have to hand it to him, he's definitely an MVP candidate."

Antawn Jamison was asked if Gil deserved that consideration.

"Why doesn't he?" he said. "I mean, you can look at the team's record, you can look at the stats, you can look at performances. I mean there's no doubt in my mind he [deserves] consideration. We've still got a long way to go, but right now I definitely have him in the top three."

"He's playing better than anyone else in this league right now," Antonio Daniels said. "I'll tell you, there's one guy that you can say is on that same [level], is playing well in a different way; that's Steve Nash. Who else is playing on that same level that Gilbert's playing right now? Honestly. I mean, I'm asking you guys the question."

I offered up Kobe's name.

"Is Gilbert playing better than Kobe Bryant is right now?" A.D. countered. "Yes. Oh yeah. Outside of Steve Nash, I don't know if there's anybody else in this league who's playing as well as Gil is, right now, at this time."

"Why is he third in the all-star voting behind Vince Carter?" piped up Official Beat Writer Ivan tha Terrible Carter.

"Because when the fans vote it's a popularity contest," A.D. said. "You know that. Where is Shaq at? How many games has he played? That's what I'm saying, when the fans do the voting it's a popularity contest...[Gilbert] hasn't won a dunk contest, he hasn't won a three-point shootout, you know what I mean, all those different things that fans really take heed to. But I'll tell you what, slowly but surely his popularity is growing, that's for sure. When you go to Toronto, and you go to all these other places, Oklahoma City, and they're holding Hibachi signs, you know what I mean? That says something."

"His game is about entertaining, you know?" Nikki Teasley continued. "He's an entertainer. I love him. I would love to get to maybe go one-on-one with him one day."

Could she hang with Gilbert, I asked.

"Oh yeah," she said. "If you're an athlete and you're a competitor, you believe that you can hang. Anybody thinks that they can hang with Michael Jordan. But will you win in the end? Nobody knows. But I believe I could go out there and compete with him."

This sounds like a charity event waiting to happen. Someone call Billie Jean King. Let's get this done.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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