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Gilbert's Injury: By the Numbers

(By Preston Keres - TWP)

Apologies for the absence; was talking to some University of Maryland journalism students about how the key to running a good sports blog is posting pictures of athlete private parts. Something news-like seems to have happened while I was gone. Here are a few numbers to put it all in perspective.

20: Months between Gilbert's original injury, in April of 2007, and his latest projected return date, which is now December of 2008.

2-3: Number of months the meniscus tear was originally supposed to cost Arenas.

675: Length, in words, of Gilbert replacement Dee Brown's latest blog post. Not gonna cut it, Mr. One Man Fastbreak. If you're gonna replace Gil, gotta ramp up the blog length. Also, feel free to mix in some punctuation once in a while:

To my new teammates and organization the Washington Wizards thank you and much respect I'm a worker and I'm going to work. And you will see how Illini fans love their players we will pack all NBA arenas no matter what state or city we go to its going to be orange everywhere.

2: Gilbert's current rank among D.C.'s athlete-bloggers. I'm sorry, but he just doesn't play any more, and Chris Cooley is linked on the Drudge Report right now.

600: Approximate percentage by which my item about Gilbert's swimming pool beat every other thing I've ever written in single-day traffic. Today was not a good day for the Steinberg family.

2: Blog items penned by Arenas in the entire offseason, including zero today.

21: Gilbert's rank among the NBA's Top 50 players, according to FanHouse, which is identifying one player a day. What day was 21st on their schedule? Today, naturally.

2: Gilbert's ranking in FreeDarko's latest free-form dream about the NBA.

1: Number of e-mails I got from despondent Wizards fans who said they are now unable to complete their day's work. But it was a good one.

$111 million: A lot of money.

50: After Googling "$111 million," percentage of the first six links that are about Arenas.

$177,000: Gilbert's per-game earnings in this upcoming season.

5: Number of words in the Wikipedia entry about Arthroscopic Lavage that went completely over my head. This is why I was interested; Gilbert's insides were apparently washed today.

39-35: Wizards record in 2007 when Gilbert first went down.

45-45 Wizards regular season record since Gilbert first went down.

26: Regular-season games the Wizards will play before their first meeting with the Cavs, on Christmas night in Cleveland. Let's face it, Gilbert probably won't be right this season. Who knows if he'll ever be right again? But if he can come back in time for Game No. 27, jump on the scorer's table while LeBron throws chalk, score 50 points and then take a bow at center court....well, at least we'd have something.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 3:42 PM ET
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1: Number of cursed professional basketball teams in DC

Posted by: Kev | September 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

1 or more: Number of physicians Ernie Grunfeld needs to fire.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

0: Number of words I want to hear from Gilbert until he plays again.

Posted by: bryc3 | September 17, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

At least we still have DeShawn. *sigh*

Posted by: Ahern | September 17, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

1: Number of years left in E. Jordan's tenure.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

1: Number of championship ring(s) Abe Polin will ever have. Sorry about that Abe. You're truly a class act and deserved better.

Posted by: guitaristo | September 17, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad I didn't buy the tickets for the game we were going to go and see yet...prices probably just dropped.

I'm a Gil fan, so I hope he has a speedy recovery. I don't necessarily mind the Wiz style when he's out--that grind-it-out toughness is fun to watch, too. It'll all be ok. We'll survive.

Posted by: Lou | September 17, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

1: The number of college admission administrator’s that should be fired for admitting Dee Brown into college.

Posted by: Nathan | September 18, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

1: Number of ironic spelling errors in Nathan's message.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

1-10,000: Chances of Wizards equipment manager R.Suller winning his bet.

12: Age of Wizards PR Coordinator Daren Jenkins.

Posted by: WizardsDotCom | September 18, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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