Gil: I Plan on Coming Back
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.
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