Another Gilbert Fan Story
This one comes from noted Wizard hater and possible Satan worshiper Bill Simmons, who, in a Miyagi-over-Kreese upset, received an e-mail from a buddy not named J-Bug, Sal or Hench. The e-mail concerned Gilbert Arenas. This tale would merit perhaps a B- in the pantheon of Gilbert Arenas Fan Interaction stories, but it's still worth repeating, despite Simmons's prediction that the Wiz finish 13th in the East:
"We were sitting near the Wizards bench and heckling Arenas that he 'wasn't a good enough player to be a bad teammate' and that his teammates hated him and that he was a jerk for complaining about his teammates to his assistant coach (by the way he doesn't talk to the head coach, just some guy on the bench). So Arenas decides in the next timeout to come over, lean down and discuss my feelings with him. He tells me that his guys love him and that he's buying them all dinner that night. I told him that he should 'cause he's the star and he makes more money than them, and they have to deal with him and act like they like him or they'll be out of a job. He replied, 'I guess you're not getting my jersey tonight then.' I replied that I didn't want his jersey, but he could FedEx me one from the team he's playing for after the All-Star Break. He walked out and missed two free throws, then looked right at me as he ran down the floor and was shaking his head."
Gilbert did, in fact, miss two consecutive free throws late in the fourth quarter. While mentioning neither these fans nor J-Bug, Gilbert did also blog about his reception in Boston:
I know most of you were watching it on TV, but if you were there you could hear them just chanting my name which was beautiful because I don't think even Michael Jordan got his name chanted in another arena like that. Even though mine was chanted for hatred, it felt good. Now there's a bond between me and the Boston fans.
And now, apropos of nothing, here's a notice about an auction this afternoon to benefit the Children's Inn at NIH. It's from 5-6 on WTOP; the number is 202-895-5060, and the winner--who certainly will have way too much money to be spending his or her time reading sports blogs--gets meet-and-greets with Caron Butler, Olie Kolzig, Mark Brunell and Comcast SportsyNet on-air personalities. Plus a lot of other stuff. Web site here.
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