Gilbert discusses his beefs
When Brendan Haywood was asked Tuesday night about whether the Wizards' had improved their teamwork in the win over the Sixers, he agreed that they had.
"Everybody really moved the ball and was really trying to sacrifice for their teammates tonight," he said. "You [saw] a lot of guys pass up good shots to get great shoots, and that's what good teams do. We were able to do that today."
Then he was asked whether the past week of soap opera beefin' contributed to that teamwork; "Next question," he said, without a trace of a smile.
Gilbert Arenas, however, was perfectly willing to smile about the week that was.
"Yeah, I think I've been having beefs with everybody around here," he joked. "I told Earl [Boykins], me and him beefing next week. You know, I don't like people smaller than me, so me and Earl about to beef."
The topic came up again later in Zero's discourse, and this time he was more serious.
"We've been here for five years," he said, apparently referring to the team's core. "We don't really have beef. The only beef that was really happening was [Brendan] and Etan, and that came out of nowhere. You know, you didn't want to jump in between them two."
Like I mentioned before, Gilbert was definitely in the old Gilbert mode Tuesday night, explaining, for example, that he had already celebrated Thanksgiving.
"I figured if I eat on Thanksgiving and gain 22 pounds like I was last year, it won't be good for my knees," he said. "So I already got my grub on today."
I don't completely understand why it's ok for him to gain 22 pounds on Tuesday rather than Thursday, but it's about the experience, not about understanding. Then there was the talk about Killer Mode coming back, which is what we've all been waiting for.
"I'm just doing what I feel," he said, when asked about his game. "It's hard to jump back into Killer Mode, being out for so long, for two years. And then I realized, I'm like 'Oh damn, I'm missing all these free throws.' Then I'm realizing, '[Bleep], I haven't shot at the free-throw line in two years. I'm just trying to take it along, keep chipping away, until eventually December, January hit and I'm in full blast again."
Much later in the conversation, someone asked if Agent Zero was really back.
"You know what's so funny, I'm trying, but it's hard to just turn on the Killer Mode like that," he said. "You've been gone for two years, it's just so hard to just kick back into Killer Mode, because you're just not used to moving."
He then went into a discussion of how he tried to pick and roll and split the trap even though he knew it was coming, and how years ago he wouldn't have even called a pick and roll there, much less try to split it. Still, I pointed out, at least Angry Gilbert really seemed gone.
"Who me?" he said. "I can't play angry. That doesn't work for me. My high school coach told me I couldn't do that. I tried that one year, it didn't work. We won seven games. He said just be the goofball you are, and then we won 27 the next year."
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