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Gilbert Arenas: Must See "Hannibal Rising"

As previously reported, Gilbet bailed on his postgame media Tuesday night. He did the same last night. Combined with the fact that he doesn't speak to the media at practices or before games, his new habit of not speaking to the media after games means he doesn't speak to the media. Which is a shame.

The good news: he did have a brief word with Ivan Carter and Joseph "the Omnipresent Beret" before last night's game. I didn't make it to the VC in time for that impromptu interview. But Joseph, of course, gave ample space to the results:

Gilbertology update: Arenas offered up his best excuses for dodging reporters this week. He said he left quickly after Tuesday's victory over Minnesota because he wanted to see the movie "Hannibal Rising" -- he shrugged his shoulders in disappointment when asked for a review -- and beat a quick path out of the arena Thursday to prepare for the upcoming road trip. "I have to pack," he said. Why couldn't he pack before the game? Because, Arenas said, a power outage prevented him from getting into his own house, which has a sophisticated security system. Apparently, he's saving "the dog ate my homework" for a later date.

Ivan says Gilbert claimed there was only one showing of "Hannibal Rising" that he could make after Tuesday's game, and that he needed to leave the arena immediately to make it. In honor of Oscar week, I guess.

Tuesday night, you'll recall, DeShawn Stevenson picked up the comic slack. And last night, it was Brendan Haywood. The following anecdote comes courtesy of Local Poll voter Sean McLernon, an actual journalist who was at the game last night:

Some TV guy was asking Dre Blatche about Antawn being out, and he started the question by saying "I know it's a bad thing that Antawn is out..." and Dre says "No, it's a good thing. I'm loving it."

Brendan Haywood was right there and started laughing, getting a big kick out of that, saying "That's not how you answer that question." Then he just started singing the McDonald's jingle: "Ba da ba baaa baaa." And then Dre started doing it too. And they both did it several times over the next 20 minutes. And then it got stuck in my head...

Other than that, I don't really have anything to say from the locker room yesterday, except to note that Stevenson now has an Evisu sticker plastered on his stall.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2007; 12:53 PM ET
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I know this sucks as far as our entertainment goes, but I'm a little glad Gilbert isn't speaking to the media. I think he needs to refocus himself, and perhaps that is why he's doing this.

Posted by: gidge | February 23, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of speaking to the media--

Chick Hernandez interviewed Caron after the win last night. Just before the camera switched off, Caron looked over at the camera and said

"Hi Mom!"

Which I thought was hilarious. He's Caron Butler, NBA All-Star. . . and he's giving a shout-out to his mom on comcast. Awesome!

Posted by: ouij | February 23, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

DAMN IT OUIJ! It's ComcastSportsNet!

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 23, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

i'm glad gilbert is keeping it quiet for a minute from the media, he needs to really focus on his game right now

Posted by: dj sleeper | February 23, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

check it out my wizards page


Posted by: dj sleeper | February 23, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

ComcastSportsNet it is Unsilent. Just so long as it's never MASN.

Posted by: ouij | February 23, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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