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Gil: Not Allowed to Talk to DeShawn

Remember in Gil's last blog, when he explained about DeShawn's post-game policies:

This is the same guy that says nobody can talk to him unless they're over 50 percent shooting.

Well, Gilbert's 8-for-26 night in Philly didn't really qualify, so DeShawn was trying to argue that Gil wasn't allowed to talk to him, although it's hard to make that argument while arguing with the person that's not allowed to talk to you.

[Note: DeShawn also told Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter that he wasn't going to Vegas, despite the fact that he's listed on the celeb list of the party at Scores. "Usually I'd go support my boy, but he understands I've got a hot date," DeShawn said. No idea if he was being serious. I've given up trying to figure these things out.]

Anyhow, the argument actually started when the two guards were discussing shooting percentages. DeShawn entered the night three field goals shy of 50 percent shooting, although nobody knew exactly what his percentage was, just that it was right around 50. This led to some confusion, because Gilbert thought DeShawn was already shooting 50 percent, and that his 3-for-6 night would therefore not change a thing, while DeShawn said he wasn't at 50 percent.

"You sound like an idiot," Gilbert told DeShawn. "You sound like an absolute idiot. If you were 50 percent before this game, and you shoot 50 percent this game, then you're 50 percent."

"I'm not 50 percent," DeShawn said.

"He left out of high school," Gil told the gathering crowd, as an aside.

"Do I have seven years?" DeShawn asked. "Seven years strong. Why are you talking to me? You didn't shoot 50 percent. Put your lotion on and do your interviews."

"You don't look over me, you look through me," is what I believe Gilbert said in response, while putting on his pink strawberry-scented lotion.

"Coach, what'd you say before the game about shooting?" DeShawn asked Eddie Jordan, who was heading out of the locker room.

"You can't talk to him unless you shoot 50 percent," Jordan told Arenas.

"Thank you," DeShawn said.

Three more notes.

1) Gilbert told us he should be favored to win the three-point contest, because he's been struggling so terribly in recent days.

"That makes you the favorite?" I asked.

"That makes me the favorite," he confirmed.

"How's the logic on that work, I'm just curious?" Ivan Carter asked.

"Because everyone's going against me, they're going to be looking at that," Gilbert explained. Then he told us that he shot racks of 30 balls from each of the three-point spots before last night's game, and that the worst he did at any spot was 19 out of 30.

2) Someone asked Gilbert if he's been facing more double-teams in recent weeks.

"More the unskilled teams are doing a lot of doubling," he said. "The powerhouse teams, they're playing regular basketball."

Ivan wondered about the use of 'unskilled' in this context.

"Unskilled, that's a great analogy right there," Gilbert said.

"I don't know man, I'm not in your head, dude," Ivan said.

"The 'not-good' teams," Gilbert offered. "The 'bad' teams. You don't say 'bad,' you say 'unskilled'."

"The 'struggling' teams," Ivan suggested.

"'Struggling,' thank you," Gilbert said.

3) Ivan asked Gil whether he'd be showing up in Vegas via blimp, referring to the Time magazine story that said he'd be renting blimps.

"I'm driving [from L.A.]," Gilbert said. "You heard about the blimp though, huh?"

Then Ivan asked about him busting out the Agent Zero jersey during the game.

"Oh yeah, that's on schedule," Gilbert said.

Ivan asked if that would be allowed.

"If no one leaks it out," Gilbert said.

"You said it on camera yesterday, dude," Ivan said.

"Did somebody put it out there?" Gilbert asked.

"You said it to a bunch of reporters and cameras, dude," Ivan said.

"I said 'off the record'," Gil argued. "That doesn't count for anything any more?"

"You didn't say off the record," Ivan pointed out. "You said, 'Oh, maybe I shouldn't have said that'."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 15, 2007; 4:53 PM ET
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