Morning Look: Gilbert's New Obama Tattoo
Was it a good night at the Phone Booth? It was. Juan Dixon was wearing a bright red vest and skinny black tie. DeShawn Stevenson was wearing a bow tie, which is apparently now an every-game convention. Caron Butler was kibitzing in the back hallway with DeAngelo Hall, insisting that the Redskins' new cornerback had to go to every home Wiz game, since he was 1-0. Hall was telling me that he didn't grow up a Wizards fan; "I don't think anyone was then," he said, which was probably true. Antonio Daniels was wearing socks striped in 17 or so colors; "you've got to coordinate," he was saying. "You've got to accessorize. Even though that sounds like a woman, you've got to do what you can sometimes. They've got the purses, they've got the shoes, we've got to accessorize when we can."
"You've got to be live with the socks," Dixon agreed.
Sure, there were disappointments. JaVale McGee's shoes did not include the word "Chee$e," and he said he wouldn't be talking any more about his shoe sayings. (Last night's shoes said "Kill Mode Squad," if I'm not mistaken.)
But then there were triumphs. Caron Butler gushed about McGee. "Lemonhead got some moves man," he said. "Keep watching him, man. He's special. He's special....He's Lemonhead now, he's my young boy, so he's Lemonhead." Butler said he and Antawn Jamison watched McGee spring up the court one time, turned to each other, and said "let's do what he do." "I felt young again," Butler said.
And then, of course, there was Gilbert the Zero. NBC's Dan Hellie got the first known media photo of his new Obama-tribute finger tattoo. "He told me he got it so he could look at it during games and see the, 'We Believe,' " Hellie said on his Web site.
The Prez-Elect's photo also hangs by Arenas's stall. Pretty good for someone who was so recently undecided. And it's also another feather in the cap for Dan Shanoff.
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