Gil Gives Away His Shoes
As Gilbert left the locker room after last night's win over the Celtics, he told SportsTalk 980's Jerry Coleman that he was done talking for the rest of the regular season. The playoffs were a maybe. That left others to do the locker room talking. Like Caron Butler, for example.
"We were the best team in the Eastern Conference last year before the injuries," Caron said. "Once we got everybody back, we feel we can beat anybody....Obviously we're not getting enough respect. When you don't get respect, you've got to take it....Watch out for us. We're a force to be reckoned with."
Well then. But still, what of Gilbert? Why the no-talking policy after three straight wins and two straight rock-solid performances?
"He's so backwards," Brendan Haywood said. "He's going to do the opposite of whatever everybody expects. When he's hurt and he's not supposed to be talking to the media, he's doing interviews. Now, when he's playing and playing well, now he don't want to talk to nobody....You expect the unexpected."
And it just so happens that 14-year-old Zak Kapugi got the unexpected yesterday. Gil was leaving the court after the game. Zak, who sits in section 110, came over to greet the exiting players. Gil had already taken off his Redskins-themed Gil II Zeros.
"He just handed 'em to me," said Zak, who was still clutching the shoes to his chest 10 minutes later. Did he ask for the sneaks? "No, he just handed 'em to me," Zak repeated. "I was shocked. He had 'em in his hands, I put my hands out and he just gave 'em to me."
Not a bad night at the arena. Zak also was wearing a "Nutso" wrist rubber band, courtesy of Andray Blatche, who recently started wearing DeShawn Stevenson's wrist bands. (Stevenson, of course, also has "Nutso" tattooed across his fingers.) Anyhow, Blatche has averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds a game since Stevenson began giving him his wrist bands. Maybe the whole team should adopt the Nutsos.
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