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Bog: Teammates react to Emo Gilbert

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg reports a variety of reactions to the stone-faced demeanor of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas at media day. Here's an example:

"Demeanors can be taken out of context," Josh Howard said. "There's no point in even getting into that. I know Gil's ready. Hands down, I know he's ready. I'm just looking forward to big things from him."
"He seems upbeat to me," Al Thornton said. "We've been playing pickup and everything, [and] he seems friendly, smiles, joking, the usual Gil."

More from media day soon.

By Alexa Steele  | September 27, 2010; 3:59 PM ET
 
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No matter what Gil's demeanor is, he will be criticized. Whether he came in all "Agent Zero" or the new "I got smacked in the face with reality Gil", it wont be good enough until he's able to prove that he's fully back from the injury (the real reason people turned against him in the 1st place).

Posted by: zxhoya | September 27, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Im so glad that Gil is doing this. This is what I want. Serious to the media, more leadership, but having fun on the court. He tried to be serious one time before but it transfered onto the court where he also didnt smile.

I remember commenting how it reminded me of the year Sean Taylor started doing that and Sean had his worst year. Then the next year he was more mature & serious but on the field he started celebrating & playing with joy again. Then he started beasting. I want Gil to do the same. Be serious but dont be so serious on the court that you dont have any fun and end up playing stiff. Thats not him. Have the best of both worlds and he will dominate this year

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 27, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse


Let the season unfold and let him be himself. We'll know soon enough if he's matured.

Posted by: bobabuie | September 27, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

He probably realizes that people are looking at him looking for reasons to lock him up again.

Kinda hard to be "light-hearted" with that going on.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 27, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Media Day Interview with Gilbert Arenas. It's kind of a heartbreaking clip.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"it wont be good enough until he's able to prove that he's fully back from the injury (the real reason people turned against him in the 1st place).Posted by: zxhoya"

An odd comment given what actually happened. People wanted Gil to succeed in his comeback. Some were reserving money for playoff tickets. From an individual standpoint, his combeback was a considerable success, as he met career averages in most important measures. That's pretty remarkable after a two season layoff. The team wasn't any good, of course, but three other players were shipped off in the purge. Now that team's gone, and Gil remains.

No, Gilbert's main problem remains what happened in the locker room and afterwards. He's paid a price for it, but the fans (being fans) will forgive him if he wins.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 27, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"it wont be good enough until he's able to prove that he's fully back from the injury (the real reason people turned against him in the 1st place).Posted by: zxhoya"

An odd comment given what actually happened. People wanted Gil to succeed in his comeback. Some were reserving money for playoff tickets. From an individual standpoint, his combeback was a considerable success, as he met career averages in most important measures. That's pretty remarkable after a two season layoff. The team wasn't any good, of course, but three other players were shipped off in the purge. Now that team's gone, and Gil remains.

No, Gilbert's main problem remains what happened in the locker room and afterwards. He's paid a price for it, but the fans (being fans) will forgive him if he wins.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 27, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"He probably realizes that people are looking at him looking for reasons to lock him up again.Kinda hard to be "light-hearted" with that going on.Posted by: tokenwhitemale"

Another strange opinion. Most people didn't want Gilbert locked up in the first place. If the Wiz locker room had been in Maryland, he probably wouldn't have been.

Fans got mad at Gilbert because he acted like a spoiled brat who thought he was more important than the fans, the team, and the NBA. He embarrassed all three.

They don't lock folks up for that. But they do suspend them, and he will be booed some this season.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 27, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Gil's demeanor and appearance reminds me of Ricky Williams' look and demeanor during his "quest for peace" phase. I'm sure with all the turbulence Gil has had to deal with personally in the past year, he is seeking a bit of solace in his life. I'm not so sure that being back on the basketball court is sufficient enough to heal his seemingly wounded psyche and provide the peace he may be seeking.

Whatever his state of being, I'm pulling for him to succeed -- on and off the court.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | September 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

OH PUHHHLEAZZZEEEE!!!

In case anyone suffering from memory loss or selective memory, Gilby came out last season and said he wasn't going to talk to the media, no blogging, was going to be all serious again. After his play didn't resemble what he used to do, he said he could only play being goofy again and reverted back to that, and took his guns out. The rest is history.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | September 27, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

No, Gilbert's main problem remains what happened in the locker room and afterwards. He's paid a price for it, but the fans (being fans) will forgive him if he wins.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 27, 2010 6:16 P


I have read many comments on this board about Arenas having a bum knee and a oversized contract. So it's more than just the locker room incident. As fan I appreciate the hard work and dedication that Arenas puts into his craft and sees his childishness and immaturity as side issue.

Posted by: spades72 | September 27, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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