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Gil: I Plan on Coming Back


Imagine DeShawn here.

Poor Gilbert. You have to feel for him, reading his latest blog, which just went up this afternoon. He wants to be out there so bad he's texting teammates with what plays to run (in the middle of games), texting players with advice on how to celebrate (right after games end).

He says DeShawn Stevenson took a gatorade bucket during the celebration. Let's hope so:

And yesterday they were celebrating like they won a championship, and I was celebrating with them ... from the house. I was texting them all. Throw the champagne! Throw the water! Throw the bucket! Throw ... something!

I heard DeShawn got the Gatorade bucket dumped on him. I know some people will say, "It's just a win." No, it's not "just a win." That's not, "just a win." I've never won a championship, and the only person on the team to ever win a championship is Antonio Daniels, but, I guarantee that's how it felt yesterday.

But his passion is reserved for Caron, whom he calls the third-best 3-man in the league. Caron's performance down the stretch against the Celtics, according to Gilbert, "defined him as a player and I guarantee you're going to see a different player elevate from here." Gil takes a lot of words to get from here to there--1,232, to be exact--but the there is this: Caron's good, and the Kwame Brown trade was Ernie Grunfeld playing sub-prime lender and Mitch Kupchak playing first-time homebuyer.

Anyhow, I've said from the beginning there's no way Gil sits out the whole year, even if it would be the smart thing to do, and today's entry makes that perfectly clear. He won't be able to keep himself away, not if he's texting the guys on how to celebrate moments after that game ends, not if Caron's texting him back about how far this team can go once Gilbert returns. And then there's this:

I plan on coming back. I'm going to be working out with the team. I'm going to be going full blast after All-Star. Right now I can shoot jump shots. They don't want me to run yet just in case, but I'm shooting jump shots and trying to get my legs strong and just get all the muscles back before I go out there and try to play. I mean technically, to be technically speaking, I can actually go out there and play after All-Star, but who knows what would happen ... maybe Friday Night Lights with Boobie Miles? "Let me spin, coach! Let me spin!"

A quote I've also heard uttered in the Redskins locker room on more than one occasion. The speaker was Chris Wilson, who ran through several offensive linemen during his scorching end to the season.

Gil also talks about his New Year's pledge to keep track of his happy and sad days. Thus far, he's had 12 happy days in 2008, out of 15 total days. And that, as far as I'm concerned, also backs me up: Gilbert's on his way back.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Comments

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FIRST!

Posted by: bmann | January 15, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Dan, are you testing us on whether we actually read Gil's blog? Because I think he actually lists Caron as the third best three, behind LeBron and Carmelo.

Posted by: burke | January 15, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if McGuire is doused with a Diet Pepsi from a can in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | January 15, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, that wasn't a test, but you passed anyhow.

Third-best 3-man. Gets confusing. Good work.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | January 15, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

But clearly #1 in Gil's heart. Great to hear that Gil's backing away from the "maybe I won't play this year" stuff.

Posted by: burke | January 15, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

DeShawn should wear his hat like Les Miles.

Posted by: Lame hat post | January 15, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Gil should have his sorry ball hogging, no defense ass traded out of town. It is clear that the WIZ are a better TEAM without him.

Posted by: Joe | January 15, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Joe. Go post on Wizard's Insider. The Bog is the place for quirk and whimsy, not recycled ESPN.com message board comments.

Posted by: Civilized Discourse | January 15, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Gil, we miss you and the team DOES miss you too!

But you have to get BETTER better before you come back.

So maybe that means next year? Don't worry if it does. We have NOT forgotten you or your crazy SHOES.

Hoping for a double-double happy day for you,

Nancy

Posted by: Nancy | January 16, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I want you to close your eyes ... and I want you to think about Gilbert Arenas,who is your brother. And he would die to be out there on that court with you tonight.
And I want you to put that
in your hearts.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | January 16, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but if Gil thinks he is worth a max contract right now he is dreaming. Ernie is smart enough to know the injury concerns over 2 seasons now knock down the asking price.

Gil should NOT opt out...play another year to earn back the max contract (if he had any loyalty).

This "I'll go play for a contender for less money" if the Wizards don't offer me a max deal is dispicable. Why not make the Wiz a contender and play for less money if you really gave a dam about the franchise?

Yes, Gil. We know you "gotta get paid" but for once think about it logically before you spout off your demands (OR ATLEAST STOP SAYING THIS PUBLICALLY and looking so foolish). Name a player who gets a max contract after not playing most if not all of the year? The answer is zero.

Posted by: Steve L. | January 16, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I got a kick outta the pic on the post dude! It looked like the gatorade ended everywhere else except his mouth while looked like he wanted catch some with his tongue! LOL

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