There’s a reason that new blogs appear on the scene with names like Gilbertology – it’s because Gilbert Arenas is beyond likable, completely honest and straight-forward about everything, and is also a total gamer.
You’ll remember that we first developed the player-crush during last season’s Cavs-Wiz series, really coming to the full realization when he confidently took a 40-footer to send a game into OT, when there was plenty plenty of time to get a closer shot.
Not only that, but he acted like he does it every day…and he did again last night.
Yep, he put the Bucks away with a crazy (for anyone else), long-ass three at the buzzer, then strolled away into the night like it was just another day at the basketball playing venue.
Oh, and the stroll-away? He took it before the shot even went in.
â€œOnce I let it go, Iâ€™m like, â€˜Thatâ€™s inâ€™, I donâ€™t even need to look at this one.â€ â€œI donâ€™t know why this is a surprise to you guys nowâ€ On not saying â€œHibachiâ€, â€œQuality Shotsâ€ or â€œGuaranteed â€” yeahâ€ â€œI didnâ€™t say anything. My swag was phenomenal.â€
The game is the game is the game. What else can you say?
(By the way, we’re not so naive to think that Agent Zero isn’t perfectly aware of how his personality and quotes are playing to the public. He knows. He so knows – SMH! That doesn’t take away from the fact that it all seems to be completely genuine. He enjoys being famous. We’ve always admired that in our celebs.)
Alas, the additional reason for this post is to compliment Dan Steinberg at the Gilbert-heavy DC Sports BOG for being the kind of reporter that all reporters should be, ie he asks frank and borderline stupid questions of athletes.
The result? A departure from the cliched and boring answers we usually hear from the pros. What a concept, huh? Ask non-boring questions, get non-boring answers. For example, while 99/100 beat guys will ask Caron Butler the robotic “Do you think you deserve to be an All-Star this season?”, Dan goes for a probe of what Caron is wearing to Gilbert’s previously mentioned birthday party:
“I can’t give that out,” Caron said, “because Gilbert….Let me tell you about Gilbert real quick, off the record.”
I insisted that I would not do an off-the-record interview.
“You can go on the record, but I’ll just say ‘off the record,’” Caron relented. “[Gilbert] steals my fashion. Everything I wear, he steals. Everything. We go through the same designer. You know, my wife designs my stuff. Me and her sit down, we go through fabrics and everything, we put outfits together, and he steals the styles. Ask him, he’ll tell you the truth. He steals the styles.
“Hey Gilbert!” he yelled across the locker room. “Hibachi! Where he at? Where Gilbert at? Man. It’s the truth, though. True story.”
We dunno how useful this info is, but it’s entertaining, is it not? To us, anytime you’ve got one pro athlete talking about choosing fabrics while yelling ‘Hibachi’ across the locker room, you’ve accomplished something.
Anyway, back to Gilbert – the great thing is you know he’ll talk all about his birthday party, and there won’t have to be any secret spy photos about how he saw boobs. He’ll just tell us.
Oh, and great game – nice shot. SMH, Gilbert…SMH.