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This Gilbert Party Will Never End

Well, I don't want it to anyhow. Some people here in Wizland feel differently. Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter was altogether outraged that I still wanted to talk about the birthday party today. Several team employees rolled their eyes at me. Can you imagine? Personally, I've only seen a few player comments about the party. I wasn't satisfied. So despite the booing of the crowd, I grabbed Caron and a few others for some post-practice party thoughts. They were great. Just to be like the cool kids, I videotaped it. You'll be able to see it tomorrow. Caron was proud of his performance.

"Hey, I just carried that interview," he told the crowd after we were finished. "He said 'party' and I just flowed with it and rocked with it."

It's true, he did.

So as not to ruin the surprise of tomorrow's video, here are other, non-party Wiz notes.

1) A newly shorn Eddie Jordan on Ben Wallace: "I thought he was better with the headband, I really did. I liked the headband."

2) Eddie Jordan on Etan Thomas: "Etan's ready to go. We have a great one-two punch at the center." [Groans from media persons who had already heard Ivan Carter use that line weeks ago.] "I didn't bring it up," Eddie protested.

3) Gilbert to a be-sunglassed Brendan Haywood Thomas: "You can take the shades off, it's not that dark."

4) Brendan's response: "My future's that bright." [Brendan was also wearing a Marlon Brando "Godfather" t-shirt.]

5) Ivan to Eddie Jordan on tomorrow's Bulls game: "What's the key, is it the dribble-kick game that they play?"

[Because that's what people want to read about, not million-dollar parties featuring Diddy and ice sculptures, but the Bulls' dribble-kick game. Frankly, despite the sarcasm, the previous sentence is probably true. Well, read Ivan's story tomorrow.]

6) Gilbert's father on the "Agent Zero" nickname, which he says is his favorite: "It's almost like he's going out to do his work by himself, and then 'Agent Zero' comes to rescue the day. That's what I get out of it."

7) Antawn Jamison on whether he's voted for Caron Butler for the all-star game: "Hell yeah, I've voted for him. I told my wife, my brother, everybody to vote for him." [He says he's cast about eight ballots thus far.]

8) Haywood on whether he's voted for Butler: "I don't vote for nobody. I think he's an all-star, but I don't vote for nobody."

9) Gilbert's dad on whether Butler's an all-star: "Oh yeah, hands-down, no question."

0) Gilbert on whether Butler's an all-star: "You know, I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do, but the way he's stepped up this year is unbelievable. You know, if he don't get voted for the all-star team by coaches, it's going to be wild, because he's averaging eight rebounds, over 20 points...I mean he's playing great basketball right now."

01) Gilbert on whether he's voted for Caron yet: "I don't vote online anymore, I don't vote online anymore. It's a shame, it's a mockery. No, just playing."

02) Gilbert on leadership: "Being a leader? You've got to be yourself, one; you've got treat people how you want to be treated, two; and always believe in what you preach."

[This latter phrase likely falls into the category of "sort of innocuous-sounding slightly mixed-up Gil sayings that nevertheless lead to tortured FreeDarko musings on What Did Gil Mean," but as I've told Beth. Shoals, once Gil says something, it belongs to us as much as it belongs to him. The insignificance of author intent, and all that. Frankly, "believe in what you preach" is almost a more noble goal than the better-known "practice what you preach." No one can really practice what they preach; it's too weighty, too unrealistic, too moralistic a standard. But to believe in what you preach shows some kind of inner honesty, a distrust of false blathering and sound bites, a desire to remain somehow pure despite all the cameras and fame. I'm not even kidding. I have no idea if Gil practices what he preaches, because I only see him in weird Verizon Center media opportunities, but I have absolutely no doubt that he believes in what he preaches.]

[The preceding question, about leadership, was posed by a young man working for a magazine for teenagers. The same young man had previously asked Eddie Jordan about the Wiz winning the NBA title. I have to say, it was like a glass of cold Vitamin Water splashed over my head. Much as I enjoy watching these guys play, and as well as they've played in recent stretches, the words "NBA title" have never ever ever entered my consciousness. Why is that? Besides the fact that they don't play defense?]

03) Gilbert on his last meeting with the Bulls: "It was just that time of the season where I was in that fighting-my-own-mind mode. You know, now I'm clear and I'm doing what I do best."

04) [You mean you were fighting with the refs?] "That was the last game, that was actually the last game. You're watching tape, it was really not [the refs'] fault. I'm trying to get calls, I'm trying to get fouls, I'm not actually shooting the ball, I'm just throwing it up there. It was more me."

05) Alex Ovechkin on Gilbert: "He's unbelievable. He's terrific shooter and he's unbelievable."

06) Ovechkin on why he was at last night's Georgetown game: "I love basketball. I love Washington Wizards and Georgetown." [Favorite team?] "Georgetown. I like. Because I live in Washington." [And Maryland?] "Maryland? I've never seen Maryland. I like Georgetown."

07) [Ok, I can't resist, one party quote] Gil on whether he had fun at his party: "Truthfully, I don't know if I really enjoyed myself like I wanted to, because I was so worried about everything else. You know, worrying about all the people flying in: Did they get in safe? Were their rooms all right? How are they going to get to the party, you know, how are they gonnna leave the party?...

"So I was just out there worrying about everyone, so I didn't actually enjoy the party. But everyone else did. It was all well, no fights, no nothing, no bad publicity. It was great. I'll take that one for not having a good time."

[Bloggers, take heart. Deep down, just as we all suspected, maybe that really wasn't his scene. A co-worker suggested to me that maybe this was all more about The Takeover than the thrill of the bling; that Gil wants to increase his name, and that he recognized that this party would do that, but that deep down he'd still rather be playing Halo with some 19-year-old he met on the Web. I think this sorta confirms it, no? "I didn't actually enjoy the party," he said.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 3:24 PM ET
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Comments

Bog, stop bothering Gil so he can talk to us on the ESPN chatty. He's been delayed an hour and a half now!

Posted by: Arenas is god | January 9, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Do you know something about counting to 17 that the rest of us don't?

Posted by: Prophet | January 9, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Who's Brendan Thomas?

Posted by: TSW | January 9, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

gilbert from his espn chat:

Gilbert Arenas: (4:29 PM ET ) Thank you very much for the support. I really do appreciate it. At the end of the year, I'm only going to say this once, at the end of the year, I'm going to have an autograph session for three days. I'll sign whatever you want. It'll be in Washington, D.C. after the season. Details to come.

is this guy not the bomb diggety or what???? ;-)

Posted by: hmmmmm | January 9, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Brendan found out he's going to be traded to Atlanta.

Posted by: leafblower | January 9, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course Haywood's future is bright, HE'S GOIN TO THE ATL!

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 9, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I still want Salim.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 9, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Explain these Brenda trade rumors! Be still my beating heart!

Posted by: bryc3 | January 10, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

You know, it is something about Brendan Haywood's personality that absolutely irks me. He just seems smart alecky and full of himself. I thought his response as to whether or not he voted for Gil or Caron for Allstar was so typical.If his name was in contention, I bet he would want somone to vote for him. I mean, how can you not vote for your own team mate.He is playing well, but if they traded him, I would not lose one minutes sleep. And to think, I was pulling for him when everyone else I commute with kept calling him a soft bum!

Posted by: Jessup, MD | January 10, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You know, it is something about Brendan Haywood's personality that absolutely irks me. He just seems smart alecky and full of himself. I thought his response as to whether or not he voted for Gil or Caron for Allstar was so typical.If his name was in contention, I bet he would want somone to vote for him. I mean, how can you not vote for your own team mate.He is playing well, but if they traded him, I would not lose one minutes sleep. And to think, I was pulling for him when everyone else I commute with kept calling him a soft bum!

Posted by: Jessup, MD | January 10, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You know, it is something about Brendan Haywood's personality that absolutely irks me. He just seems smart alecky and full of himself. I thought his response as to whether or not he voted for Gil or Caron for Allstar was so typical.If his name was in contention, I bet he would want somone to vote for him. I mean, how can you not vote for your own team mate.He is playing well, but if they traded him, I would not lose one minutes sleep. And to think, I was pulling for him when everyone else I commute with kept calling him a soft bum!

Posted by: Jessup, MD | January 10, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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