Gilbert Arenas is the Brett Favre of blogging. He claims he’s going to take a hiatus, then gets sentimental and jumps right back in the game. In his latest entry, Agent Zero drops no love in the heart of Brew Hoop city.
Richard Jefferson going to Milwaukee …. HAHAHA! Oh man, now that is funny. When I heard that, I started laughing. Oh man, did I start laughing. You know why? Because every player hates Milwaukee. Nobody wants to live in Milwaukee. I’m sorry, Milwaukee, to come down hard on you, but no one in the NBA wants to play in Milwaukee.
The verbiage no doubt has the ears of Milwaukee (more on that later)…..and Gilbert will no doubt get booed the next time he ventures into Cream City……a budding rivalry between two NBA teams? (also considering of this or this and this) Some will claim that a rivalry is not a rivalry when the results are lopsided (such as this recent thing between the Cavaliers and the Wizards, you may have heard about it). They are wrong.
Rivalries exist on different levels: territorial (Duke-UNC), classical (Lakers-Celtics), instinctual mascot hatred (Redskins-Cowboys), league divisional (Cubs-Cardinals), etc…..there are a variety of rivalries for a diverse set of circumstances. Not all need to be predicated on wins and losses, although glory and defeat are a main factor. Rivalries exist for numerous on and off court reasons and can be temporary or stand the test of time.
Rivalries can form when one set of fans has a reason to dislike another team or player. Fans in Portland and Phoenix weren’t exactly endearing towards Arenas when he targeted them for scoring milestones. And there can’t be love for Gil from the Durham end of Tobacco Road. Boston Celtics fans? Furgetaboutit.
I’m not claiming a Wizards-Blazers or Wizards-Suns rivalry, not enough developed history. In terms of Bucks-Wizards, the foundation is building and Gilbert’s words have put an entire city on notice. Words that will be in the papers, in the blogs, on the radio shows, on local TV, on SportsCenter…..wherever. Words that create hype and garner attention. Words that are good for the NBA.
The next time the Wizards and Bucks face off, Gilbert’s “review” of Milwaukee will be mentioned, creating a headliner out of an otherwise insignificant NBA game, and that’s what David Stern likes.
Part II: What does Milwaukee think of Gilbert? (coming soon)