Gilbert: "We Ain't Going to Overtime"
Here's one more thing that didn't make it out of yesterday's game, or, at least, that I didn't read. [Edit: I missed it at the bottom of Michael Lee's fine game story. My bad. Well, so maybe this is old to the world.]
Caron Butler, rehashing Gilbert's final moments before the game-winner:
"Listen, this is a true story, I'm not lying," Caron said. "The guy came to the huddle and said, 'I'm not with them overtimes.' It's a true story. He looked at everybody and said, 'All right, we ain't going to overtime.' I was like 'Uh, uh, uh, ok.' And he came out, made the shot, turned around, posed, and that was it."
Other players remembered the speech exactly the same way.
"We laughed," Jarvis Hayes said. "It was a little smirk, because we knew it was going to happen. We knew. Give Gilbert the ball, and just kind of get out of the way."
"Let him go, let him go," Antonio Daniels said of Gilbert. "Let the man roll. Let him roll."
Someone asked Eddie Jordan what gives a guy that kind of confidence to go on that sort of roll.
"You've got to ask a psychologist about that one," Eddie said. "It's just a matter of you know who your best player is and you ride that horse...whether it's Joe Johnson or Gilbert Arenas or Kobe Bryant. I don't know what makes them that way, but they have that extra incentive, or that extra confidence to come through, or at least to step up and be counted. So I couldn't really answer that question as a psychologist or a psychoanalyst. You have to go to another source."
For me, the other source was Nikki Teasley.
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