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Gilbert's Final Thoughts

Gilbert held his massive drawing today for his Scores for Schools promotion, where he picks one area school for each home game and gives that school $100 per point he scores, and where the Pollins do the same for the 41 road games. There were more than 200 schools up for the contest, which means some kids were left brokenhearted, but Gilbert announced that he felt bad for the losers and would give each of their schools $1000. That was one highlight; another was when G-Wiz did the Soulja Boy. And a third was when "special guest" James Brown of NFL Today taped a promo for Blog Show, appearing Tuesdays on Comcast SportsyNet's Washington Post Live.

"I am probably one of the most computer illiterate guys around," JB said later. "My assistant really sets everything up for me where she downloads the games I'm supposed to watch, she can print out the articles from bloggers and the like, so that I can stay conversant. It's amazing to me how information is readily obtained and sought after first online versus any other source. So the bottom line for me? Get with it JB and become computer literate."

In the meantime, some final thoughts from Gilbert before the regular season begins Wednesday night.

On Wednesday's opener: "I'm trying not to be excited too much. We went out and had an excellent practice today. We're jelling as a group, especially offensively. And defensively. And we're just ready to show what we have Wednesday night. We have to be determined in practice and attack each other if we want to do that on the floor."

On Mike Wise's magazine piece: "Oh yeah, you know, I finished reading it yesterday and I thought it was great. It just gives you insight of what I've been through. I know a lot of people look at superstars in this league and think everything was gravy, that everything was easy for them."

On the upcoming grind: "It's hard, it's hard to measure yourself, especially when you're getting hit with back-to-backs, four games in five nights, 20 games a month. You don't prepare for that. I just can't wait till that happens."

On whether he'll monitor his minutes: "I've been averaging 41 minutes a game for the last five years, that's what I'm expecting....It's about playing, it's not about monitoring. It's about trying to win. You know, it's a knee injury. When you're coming back you're going to have days where it feels good, some days where it doesn't feel so good, but you've just got to bounce back and play hard every game."

On how much importance he's putting on winning the first game: "None. I'm lying. It's very important to get that first win under your belt. It's not that one--it's that two, that three, that four that you're trying to accomplish, is the real key to starting off the year great."

On what to read into the preseason offensive struggles: "We're trying not to read into it. We know we averaged 104 points, 103, whatever we did last year and the years before that. We're an offensive team, but we've been focusing a lot on defense. These last couple days before this first game is when we really concentrate on offense."

On the Celtics: "Boston, they've got all their hype going into the season. We're trying to prove ourselves too. We're trying to prove ourselves. Just don't overlook us because of how we finished the season."

On the opener being like Christmas morning:Yeah, that's what it is, it's like going back to school. You can't sleep that night, you've got all your clothes ready to go to school. It's just like the first season, you want to make sure you've got the best suit going out to the floor and you want to make sure your game is right where it's supposed to be. I remember going into Cleveland last year, I'm bouncing the ball at 4 o'clock in the morning, just waiting to get out there. It's just that nerves. No matter how you play you just want to get out there."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2007; 4:17 PM ET
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