Gilbert Being Gilbert: Best Of Return Quotes
Maybe the jumper was a little off. Maybe there was some fumbling in the lane. Maybe the patented last-second heroics turned a bit comical. But the yap was in complete mid-season form. Not All-Star level, but not preseason either. You'll read most of this elsewhere on our site, but to get it all in one place, here's the best of Gilbert, 2009 Return Edition:
On his nerves: "I don't get nervous. No, I don't get nervous. That's some old days when I got nervous. Now I was just out there to see how the knee felt."
On the day that was: "You ever heard that expression, 'If you want it to rain, wash your car?' You know, that's what happened this morning. I got here, knee's been feeling fine this whole time, as soon as I got here it started aching. And I'm like awww, man, see I knew this was gonna happen. So I said I wasn't gonna play. And then once I got home it felt better. I was like man, that's just nerves kicking in, and once I went out there it was just all basketball from there. I don't know if the building was cold. I don't know what happened, it just all of the sudden started aching. I just got in the house and I was like, oh, my knee feels better. Once I said I wasn't playing, the knee feels better."
On being introduced fourth, in front of Caron Butler: "That was a little different. That was awkward. But, you know, it's basketball. It's just introductions. It's not like the last person wins a car or anything."
Caron's response: "I mean, I'm still Special Lightweight. And my mother like me. My mother love me and my wife love me, so I guess I'm special. Did you see me run out though? Like I ran, then I came back and I had to like moonwalk back to the bench. I thought he was definitely going [last]. It was funny."
Caron, on whatever he said about being 'Special Lightweight': "I don't know, you have to rewind it. I forgot. I come off the dome with this stuff, man. I'm always freestyling. Know what I'm saying? I'm the Jay-Z of interviews, man, I don't write this [stuff] down."
Gilbert, on the fans' reaction: "Oh. You know, they miss me, what can I say?"
On the young guys: "I thought they responded well after the comments I said. They came out, they played well, they played hard, they played smart. I've been talking about that to them for the last year and a half, jokingly. So they didn't take it personally. They came out, they played great basketball."
Caron on the young guys: "They had fun. You seen 'em, they were smiling and saluting and cartwheels and backflips and everything. I mean, as a young guy in this league everyone want to run out and get lobs and get dunks, and you run with him you're gonna catch 'em. He's always got his eye open."
Gilbert, on getting fouled with five seconds left: "I knew they were gonna foul. I read their lips, so I was trying to hurry up and get it up before the ref blew the whistle."
On the play he wanted to run: "No timeout, and then just run down the court as soon as he gets ready to foul just chuck it up there."
On going for a three in the final seconds: "Just had a mental block. I don't know why I was going for the three. I have no idea. At first I thought I was just jumping away from the defense but once I seen the errors it was already too late, I had already committed."
On what he should have done: "You know what's so funny is any scenario I see like that, that's the first thing that goes through my mind. Always shot fake because the defender doesn't want to give up that shot. You know, but as soon as I go out there I just go out for the regular shot. As soon as I fell on the floor I was like, 'Man, I should have pump faked, [bleep]."
On whether he was fouled: "No, no, it was a great defensive play. I tried to use who I am to get that whistle blown, but it didn't work tonight."
On scouting the NCAA Tourney: "No, I don't watch the JV. My Arizona boys got put out. So it's no point in even watching that."
On why he already broke his no-media pledge: "You know how I am. You know, I'm wishy washy."
Caron, on the fans: "They're gonna come out. You know, that's what they do. I mean, we're gonna go out there, myself and Antawn, we're the core guys of this team. We're the captains, we're gonna go out there and try our best to win games, but that's the marquee player. Hands down, he's the marquee player. You know, he bring the media out, he bring the fans out, and that's why he's special."
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