The Greys, and Gil's New Uniforms
It's possible that all of this has been blogged elsewhere today, but I'm all off schedule and out of sorts, so I'll press on.
Before last night's game, Gilbert received two signed jerseys: a Ray Allen all-star jersey from last year, and an old No. 19 Lenny Wilkins Cleveland jersey. The jerseys will come pouring out the windows of his house at some point. The Wilkins jersey was particularly fine.
Also, before the game, I noticed the gray Gil Zeros, which have been mentioned below, sitting in front of his locker. I asked Gil whether he'd be wearing them against the Sonics, and he said yes. I'm not sure why he didn't start the game with them on, or why he broke them out at halftime, but DeShawn Stevenson told me it wasn't worth trying to figure out.
"With Gil you never know, he could wear 'em and miss three shots and take 'em off," DeShawn pointed out.
Not that long after this, Gil appeared from the trainers room, got into a bowling stance, and rolled a large bottle of light green sports endurance beverage three-quarters of the way across the locker room, until it passed through the legs of the chair by his locker, ricocheted off the chair's base and then stopped.
"Strike!" Gil said. "I'm good." Then he left.
As for the NBA's three-point contest, Gil has requested entry but wasn't 100 percent sure last night that he's in yet, but you'd have to imagine that if he wants in, he'll be in.
Also, an expert translator told me that the subhed of this Italian blog entry about Gil is "Arenas ha ancora sassolini da togliersi," an idiom that means "Arenas still has bones to pick" but is literally translated as something like "Arenas still has pebbles to remove from himself," referring to the feeling of getting little fragments stuck in your feet when walking without socks, which has to be of use as a Wizznuttz t-shirt or Verizon Center sign or something. Still has pebbles to remove. Very continental.
And as long as I'm just posting random Wizards thoughts, despite his Black Hand side love, Caron Butler has never heard of the movie "Five on the Black Hand Side." Which still doesn't stop me from demanding that Comcast produce a '70s-themed 'Tuff Juice' movie trailer.
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