Teammates respond to Gilbert's Twitter quest
Gilbert Arenas's quest for one million Twitter followers has now been going on for about two days. He's got about 2,300 followers. If he can maintain this pace, he'll reach a million followers in about two-and-a-half years, by which point no one will be using Twitter any more. (Sign up here.)
The quest--with Arenas saying he won't begin tweeting until he nabs his millionth follower--has already led to a very brief AP brief:
Asked why he picked that number, he said because it's "so far-fetched." When someone pointed out to Arenas that the way people tend to accrue followers is by tweeting, he replied: "I'm trying to do the opposite."
Shocking. My friend Bethlehem Shoals also discussed the issue at The Baseline, correctly noting that "If LeBron tried a stunt like that, there's no way he would get away with it."
I was interviewing Earl Boykins Thursday afternoon when Gilbert walked by. (Smiling, for the record. Angry Gilbert really seems gone. "Where you coming from, walking around like you just doing something wrong?" Boykins asked him.)
As he walked past, I asked Arenas if he thought he'd make it to a million.
"Probably not, probably not," he said.
"Easily you will," someone else called out.
"Hmmm," Arenas said, as if he didn't really care. "It don't matter. Because if I don't get there, I won't be talking."
It's been oft-noted that Gilbert and Boykins sort of began to make their mark in the NBA together, as guards with Golden State. Boykins also has a reputation for speaking his mind in the locker room, and Arenas recently told Michael Lee that Boykins already gave him a talking to about the way he's been carrying himself.
"Even Earl said it when he first came here," Arenas said. "He said, 'I remember that Angry Gilbert in Golden State. All that Gilbert did was get a whole bunch of technicals and tear up the locker room.' He said, 'Nah, man, you just got to go back to being yourself. Just go out there, laugh, have fun, play silly, that's what you do. That's when you're at your best.' "
("Yeah, I talked to him about some things, but I think some things are better said to the player as opposed to the media," Boykins said, when asked about these comments.)
(I also asked Boykins what Gilbert was like in Golden State; " Like he is now," Boykins said. "Say whatever's on his mind, does what he wants to do, and if you don't like it, you just don't like it.")
Anyhow, this is all by way of saying that I asked a few teammates whether they thought Gilbert would hit a million followers.
"Absolutely," Mike Miller said. "Impossible is nothing."
"He's gonna get it," DeShawn Stevenson said. "He's Gilbert Arenas. He's gonna get it."
"I think it's possible," Randy Foye said. "If we start winning and things like that, it's possible."
We also mentioned to Brendan Haywood that Gilbert won't be Tweeting until he hits seven figures.
"That's a pretty good strategy," Haywood said, rolling his eyes. "I'm glad that it's back to business as usual. The Hibachi has returned."
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