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Gilbert on Sharks, and Playing in Southeast

[UPDATE: As the world now knows, the Gilbert shark stuff is straight plagiarism, playa. Sorry, world.]

Below please find the grainy YouTube bootleg version of Gilbert playing at Barry Farms, courtesy of the inimitable Adam Littlefield from Comcast SportsNet. The fancy edited version will be on Washington Post Live tonight around 5:30 pm. In the raw stuff you can see him jumping a bit, wearing the number 6, missing a dunk here or there, but showing some hops here and there. You'll enjoy.

Now, it's also worth noting that Gilbert updated his blog today with one of the best discussions on the semantics of shark attacks I have ever seen. To wit:

I know you're making a weird face as you're reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.

We're humans. We live on land.

Sharks live in water.

So if you're swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that's called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack.

A shark attack is if you're chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that's a shark attack. Now, if you're chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space.

I can buy that. But what is it called when a shark "attacks" a seal, or a walrus, or whatever other sea-dwelling creatures sharks attack? Riddle me that one, Gil.

(He also gives woman and family advice to young players, says the K.G. trade means the rest of the East "got to get on our grind now," and says that he's made 19,570 jumpers thus far this summer.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 3:44 PM ET
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you really got to wonder where his mind goes sometimes!

Posted by: b | August 1, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, it IS shark week...

Posted by: Prophet | August 1, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the shark discussion is supposed to be a metaphor for U.S. hyper-globo-imperialism. Message to Gilbert: Etan's already cornered the market on that brand of crazy.

Posted by: DY | August 1, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Gil has a good point.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 1, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't we all be a little more focused on potential attacks from killer tomatoes?

Posted by: | August 1, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, even most of the experts no longer refer to interaction between sharks and humans as "attacks"; they're now referred to as "shark encounters" or "shark events."
Sharks have to eat, too, you know. Mmmm, I may have to "attack" some Five Guys burgers tonight.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | August 1, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

He took the shark jokes from a comedian that has been on cable a couple of times

Posted by: JP | August 1, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

man he took that whole shark thing from a stand up comedy routine that was just on the other day.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

He took those shark jokes from P. Diddy's "Bad Boys of Comedy" show that was on HBO. I just watched that show last week. That disappoints me. The first time I know that he's biting other peoples stuff.

Posted by: Husayn | August 1, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

who cares if he is ripping off other people?
what, that makes it less funny?

Posted by: littles | August 1, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Gil didnt make that up...word for word that is from a comedian on bad boys of comedy tour...i watched it on hbo on demand....very funny

Posted by: Cavs Fan | August 2, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Gil didnt make that up...word for word that is from a comedian on bad boys of comedy tour...i watched it on hbo on demand....very funny

Posted by: Cavs Fan | August 2, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

That's true about sharks, but what about when a jealous laptop attacks, like on ;)

Posted by: Steve | August 2, 2007 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Gil is Gil. Whether he took the shark bit from a comedian or not, I still believe that is how he feels. Remember in a previous blog the reservations he had in swimming where there were sharks. I love reading his blogs because he just says what is on his mind whether it is logical to others or not. I also like that he gives other players and teams their props.

Posted by: Lady Wiz | August 2, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

He is stealing this joke anyway a comedian did a whole routine on this and I am disgusted he would steal it and not give credit to him. More over it wasn't funny when I watched it the first time, and it sure isn't funny when Gilbert steals it and tries to claim it as his own.

Posted by: Thorn | August 2, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes it matters, and yes it makes it less funny.

You give credit to people for original thoughts and material.

Also stealing something and trying to pawn it off as your own is wrong, and in some cases criminal as people hold intellectual property rights to them.

Please do not try to say stealing someone's stuff is right because if it was you, you know damn well you would be offended.

Posted by: Thorn #2 | August 2, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

it's gilbert arenas, I wouldn't lose sleep over it ... lighten up throny ...

Posted by: littles | August 2, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Well if the Comedian started calling himself the HIBACHI - that wouldnt be too funny either. Original is original.

Posted by: Gil_fan_2000 | August 3, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dan | August 5, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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