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Gilbert's Writing a Book, and Not Going Anywhere

From his blog:

It ain't going to be the T.O. "I Need My Ball" or whatever that book was called. It ain't going to be the Phil Jackson book. Mine is going to be more like Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mine is going to be like that with more funny stuff. It's going to be hilarious.

Stuff like, "If you're a No. 1 or No. 2 pick, why do you need an agent?" Reality stuff like that. You might as well just give your money to Vegas because that's all you're doing with the agent, you're just giving it to him. Because you're the No. 1 or No. 2 pick, point blank, you don't need an agent. It's a slotted system now. It's not like you're Glenn Robinson coming out saying "Give me $100 million." You can't do that anymore.

So it's going to be mostly funny stuff like that. Attacking people, attacking the system, attacking critics ... stuff like that.

"I Need My Ball?" By T.O.? Someone needs to take another look at the book shelf. But this is probably the pm;u book I've ever heard of that would make me act like those 11-year-old kids wearing robes and glasses and pajamas and living in their sleeping bags on the street for two years to get the new Harry Potter book before their biology class buddies.

Also, Gilbert says he saw Carmelo at the Verizon Center this week. I did, too, by peeking through the slits in the practice court's doors. Then a security guard shooed me away. Since there was a camera crew, I figured it was some sort of promotional thing. Here's what Gil figured:

It is tough to keep them all straight.
When I saw him, for some weird reason I thought he was traded to us. I wish.

But the headline of all this blog stuff, of course, is the headline: "Don't Worry Wizards Fans, I'm Not Going Anywhere." Gilbert explains the business motives behind opting out, which, as rational bloggers have argued, was the only rational move. As Gilbert puts it

This has nothing to do with me leaving or trying to look for other teams. I have to do it:

1. To get more years and

2. To increase my pay.

I suggested we put this in today's paper. The editors agreed. That short item about Gil's blog is, as of this writing, the third-most viewed sports story on our site, ahead of U.S. Open coverage and Nats-Orioles coverage. And that is my response to the commenter who accused me of too much basketball and not enough Nats.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2007; 10:34 AM ET
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seriously, what's with all the offseason crushing on the wizards and skins? it's baseball season, dude!

Posted by: jm | June 15, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Because Baseball Sucks dude!

Posted by: lb | June 15, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

advantage ... steinberg

Posted by: littles | June 15, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Did he mention me?

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | June 15, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

A good name for his book would be How to Talk About How You're Going to Promote This Great Jersey Deal For Charity, But Then Not Distribute The Jerseys, Despite Having Taken People's Money.

Maybe How To Disappoint Little Kids is better...

Posted by: frankie | June 15, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Saw you mention that the Gilbert story is more popular than the Nats. I can understand why. It's because fans in our area go elsewhere to read about baseball and the Nats. There is a negative perception of the Post by baseball fans in DC. It all started with the negative coverage when our team was coming here. So, I think you are the man to change this! Please turn your attention to our local baseball team. Write some general interest stories about the Nats players and coaches, the fans, the goings on a RFK, the old players that used to play baseball in DC, etc. There's lots of stuff to cover and once folks realize that the Post has changed its ways then you'll get lots more readers.

Posted by: Nats Fan | June 15, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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