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Gilbert: I'm Not Scared


No fro, no fro.


I was on Washington Post Live last week when the news broke out of Wizards practice: "Gilbert Arenas is Scared!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!" I believe I said pretty quickly that this just sounded like another day of Gilbert being Gilbert, or something to that effect, which was the exact thing Antawn Jamison said the following afternoon. And now, comes word from Gilbert that he, in fact, is not scared. From his latest blog:

You got to have a little drama with it. You can't just say, "I can't wait to be back at practice." You have to bring a little drama with the story or it wouldn't be a story.

Come on, scared? Me?

I think I've hit the most game winners since MJ. Oh wait, that's probably Kobe. But anyway, why should I be scared?

I mean, it is nerve wracking but I think that's more because there's a contract on the line, I don't think it's because of the play. I've said this, if it wasn't my contract year, would I be scared to go out there and play? No.

It's just because there's a lot on the line. Yeah. A lot.

Of greater interest, perhaps, is Gilbert's story about putting perma-relaxer in his hair to try to make it look like Kobe's, and then neglecting to care for his new 'fro, and then putting it in braids and falling asleep, and then waking up to find that his hair seemed to have disappeared....

The whole back of my head burnt down. If you've seen Flavor of Love, my head looked like that. I had old cereal bowl cut. You know, when your pops used to put the cereal bowl on your head and cut it like that to make it straight? That's how it looked. The whole back of my head was bald, I lost all of the hair. It was the Flava of Love top.

So I had to take the rest of the braids out and cut it down to a fade. That's the reason you don't see me in an afro. That's what happened to it, if anybody was wondering.

Which makes at least two parts of his body from which Gilbert has singed off his hair. Coming next week: the amazing but true story of how Gilbert poured liquid nitrogen on his chest hair and, amazingly, the chest hair fell off.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 10, 2008; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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