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Tom Knott Crushes Gilbert

Did you read Knott's column today? He's all over Gilbert. He has two complaints:

1) Gilbert made an off-handed remark about how he has two kids and need to keep his finances in mind, leading Knott to compare him to Latrell Sprewell.

We live in a free marketplace, and if Arenas is inclined to test what his unique talents might bring on the open market, good for him. That is the game. That is what we all do. We all want to be paid, and the more we are paid, the better.

Just leave the children out of it. Whenever you hear adults discussing how it is all about the children, you know it is time to secure your wallet. It is rarely about the children. It is usually about the adults saying it is about the children.

As Bethlehem Shoals noted on FanHaus, this is stupid. Tom Knott is in favor of capitalist striving, but not if you want to use the money on your children? What would be an acceptable motive for capitalist striving? A desire to buy more cars? To amass men's grooming supplies? That's ok? But not your kids? Why can't your kids be a motive for capitalist striving? Anyhow, Gilbert posted 792 words on his blog about why he wants more money, and he doesn't mention his kids once.

More importantly, Knott also crushes Gilbert for saying he's concerned about the Wiz's personnel. The implication being he should concentrate on winning games and not getting injured and leave the personnel to the personnel people.

Please. Who does LeBron James have playing alongside him? A rookie named Boobie. A Lithuanian past his prime. A Brazilian in a fright wig. Somebody named Sasha. The modestly serviceable Drew Gooden. The 94-year-old Eric Snow. Donyell "Glued to the 3-Point Line" Marshall. And Larry "I Used to be Somebody" Hughes.
James and the Cavaliers would be unbeatable in the conference the next few seasons if Butler and Antawn Jamison were on their roster.

First of all, wouldn't anyone take Z and Boobie/Hughes over Haywood and and Stevenson at this point? So that's sort of 2-2, in terms of supporting cast. Secondly, what's the point of saying that LeBron would be unbeatable with Butler and Jamison? Gilbert would surely agree. Gilbert isn't LeBron James. He's trying to play for a winning team in Washington, and Washington isn't going to win any championships with its current roster. Anyhow, that LeBron James supporting cast didn't exactly overwhelm the Spurs, and everyone is now writing how he needs help.

The Wizards could use some tweaks, too. Everyone understands this. Gilbert just isn't shy about talking about it, because he isn't shy about talking about anything.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2007; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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