Gilbert and DeShawn
Gilbert's blog is updated. If you haven't read it, please do. There's way too much stuff to summarize here, now, and he's now provided us with countless story lines for this series. Since he's stirring the pot on NBA.com, I figured maybe he would talk to the media today. But when I ran him in the hallways before the game, I asked if he'd be talking to the media today.
"Nah," he said. "This ain't about me."
Yeah, right. It's always about Gilbert. To give just one example, there is a giant fathead of a leaping Arenas plastered on the wall just outside the Wizards' locker room. On the facing wall is Gilbert's fathead portrait.
"That's tight," Caron Butler said, when he saw the fathead display.
"Who put that in there, Gil?" asked Director of Player Personnel Milt Newton.
The answer, apparently, is not Gilbert. Apparently, the Cavs applied the fatheads.
Oh, and here's another way Gilbert is all over this series. On the outside of DeShawn Stevenson's right shoe is written "Gil '0'." On the outside of his left shoe is written "CB'3'." In honor of his fallen comrades, of course. He said Roger Mason did the same thing, and that he's been doing it since Arenas and Butler went down, but it was news to me.
"We need 'em on the court," DeShawn said. "It's kind of weird playing without them. As long as I've got it on my shoe, I think they will be."
Also, DeShawn has custom-made rubber wrist bands. That's nothing new, either. I just never talked to him about them before. For home games, he has two white bands that say "Nutso" in black letters, and two white ones that say "2Family." For road games, like today's, he has two black ones that say "2Family," and two brown ones that say "Guda" with "I'm Focused Man" on the other side. I asked what "Guda" means.
"Money," he said.
"What language?" I asked.
"My language," he said. "Stevenson dictionary."
He was eating Starburst at the time. "Sugar rush," he said, "so I can run around the court."
We both agreed that he probably should have an NBA.com blog of his own.
A couple minutes later, Caron Butler strolled in the locker room wearing his suit and holding his bone-healing machine in his right hand.
"What's up?" he said to DeShawn. "How you doing, Caron Butler, Washington Wizards."
So the locker room seemed loose enough, I guess.
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