LINKS: The Day Gilbert Arenas Went From Halfway To Wholeway
At least we know Gilbert’s kid has a sweet kid-SUV.
Today is Siete de Mayo, the day Gilbert Arenas was allowed to go from his halfway house to his wholeway house … at 7 am sharp. Or is it from half to full?
And of course … paparazzi pho-togs were on the scene at Gilbert’s house in an attempt to score a money shot of the elusive agent.
He didn’t wave like a goofball. He didn’t give the camera a middle finger (which is popular among athletes these days). He simply constricted the strings on his black adidas hoodie so tight that breathing probably wasn’t easy on a humid(ish) day in May.
A retreat. The old ‘Do Not Disturb‘ sign.
Which brings us to the question … how will Arenas once again re-establish himself with the media?
From his stance, the media is an all encompassing blanket represented by old crotchety white men who are more attention whore-y than Arenas has ever been, ironically.
Tony Kornheiser and Peter Vecsey. Screw them.
Arenas’ true intent will be to concentrate on basketball. And by the way, chill out folks. Dubious placements in Washington Post articles about Arenas having to ice down his knee after casual halfway house pickup games don’t mean a damn thing. With a thrice surgically repaired knee, you’re going to ice it down just about any time you do anything.
But as far as an interaction with the world, the fans … Arenas can’t help himself. He’ll have to do something. Will he start blogging again since it’s a direct connection of his voice to fans? (The media pilfering quotes from it be damned.) … Or perhaps a Re-Twitter?
Who knows. But Arenas can certainly learn lessons, be more mature, become a real leader by example without cutting himself off.
Don’t forget, Arenas has marketing savvy. And yes, that was an adidas hoodie he was wearing even though he’s a brand free-agent. Did I mention that Arenas can’t help himself?
He’ll be his old personable self again … one day … I hope.
Gilbert looks like he’s having an okay time at Harris Teeter.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express reports (via Bullets Forever) that Ernie Grunfeld, among several other NBA executives, was in attendance at the Euro League Final Four in Paris.
Grunfeld could be scouting, or, according to Ira Winderman at Pro Basketball Talk, he could be legally discussing a sign-and-trade with another exec … or another type of trade that doesn’t require a free-agent signing first.
Rashad Mobley of Hoops Addict interviews Mike Prada of Bullets Forever … very good read.
Ted Leonsis is removing the Washington Mystics “Attendance Champions” banners from the Verizon Center, saying in his blog, “The only banners we should display revolve around winning a division or conference or league championship.” Thanks be to that. Can’t believe I doubted Ted on this one.
ESPN’s Chad Ford (on Insider) has the Wizards taking Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson with their 5th pick and Virginia Commonwealth’s Larry Sanders with their 30th pick in his first mock draft. Bullets Forever has run-downs on both Johnson and Sanders.
Blazers blog, The Portland Roundball Society (great blog name BTW, nice and fancy sounding) … might *cough* want Mike Miller to join their team as a free-agent.
The one time I agree to defend LeBron as not having committed a traveling violation … and people still bicker.
But this right here? A total travel.
Speaking of Cleveland … some Cavs fans are getting a little bent out of shape because Dwight Howard mocked LeBron James’ pre-game chalk powder throw … which LeBron essentially stole from Jordan.
Speaking of LeBron some more … his elbow started talking recently.
Now that the Celtics have won game three in Boston, Cavs coach Mike Brown is no longer chomping his teeth.