Sharing the Shoulder

I took of vow of hunger to not write about Arenas until the playoffs, since my actual interest in him comes through best then. But like I could not say something about his delayed come-through, or the positively epic blog post of his that suggests he's been reading a little too much FreeDarko.

Failed guarantees are silly, no matter how much Gil tries to laugh them off as a way to generate intrigue and energy. One of the many differences between Arenas and Kobe, or Arenas and Iverson, is that for those other two guys ever single game is a guarantee. I know that Our Zero plays with a chip on his cuffs and all that, but that's not the same as being out to make each night's performance BOND. In a way, it wouldn't mix well with everything that's whimsical and capricious about his style.

And on that fabled blog: I think Steinz said it at some point, but y'all know those entries are dictated to an NBA.com flunkie, right? I also like how they fucked with the spacing to make it seem a lot more solemn than it would have been out of Arenas's mouth. We've all heard him speak: gush, wander, loop, and lope his way through an idea. If you stuck all those aphorisms into a few cluttered paragraphs, it would be pretty much identical to the flighty tone of the guy's thinking-out-loud. Arenas does not etch in stone; it's why he shouldn't do guaranteed, and why that blog entry was both so exceptional and slightly off.

Plus that makes it read like Flea's blog, which I'm sure is not written by Arenas. Though that would be super if Flea was the worst writer of all, and Arenas couldn't tend to his own shit because he was too busy working out Flea's. Los Angeles is a mysterious place indeed.


At 3/22/2007 4:01 PM, Anonymous ziploc b said...

what an unbelievable read that was; rambling, defensive, brutally honest, reflective, rebellious, repetitive and sprawling.

after he hit his game-winner last night, he took off his jersey and just laid it flat on the court, spending an extra couple moments smoothing it out once it was on the floor.

perhaps an extension of his mental state emanating from his blog post being as it was on the same day.


At 3/22/2007 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darkofan: The phrase "his time time the NBA" in the linked Arenas post shows a great deal of self-actualization .

At 3/22/2007 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darkofan : In the earlier comment the phrase intended to be referenced was: "his time in the NBA".

At 3/22/2007 10:30 PM, Blogger T. said...

As I sit here flipping back and forth from NCAA to the Rockets box score, I noticed the Lakers/Gizzle game is in the triple digits, so I check in to see how Skinny Miller is doing (fantasy team) and

58 points!!!1!! I think Kobe wants the MVP and is making a late charge. This is some WC13 type ish.

At 3/23/2007 1:40 AM, Blogger Nate said...

Between the nuggs-chi town game, Kobe's 60, and Gilbert's blog post...I think this has been a pretty good NBA day on what was supposed to be a day all about the NCAAs.

That Gilbert post instantly made him become one of my favorite players. He made so many valid points in that post. The NBA did use to be all about fun. But in this tabloid new media age, all we hear about is negativity. I wrote something to address this very issue this weekend. You can check it out here:


Also, Kobe could score 50 in ten more games and there would still be a ton of haters out there. I just don't understand it. You look in the record books for 60 point games and the names that pop up most are Wilt, Kobe, and MJ. If that's not enough to rid of the ridiculous stigmas that hound him to this day, I don't know what else is. Also, Kobe should really have six 60 point games, because he's played two games where he had close to 60 but didn't reach the mark because Phil Jackson didn't play him in the fourth quarter. In 2002 he had 56 on the Grizzlies in 3 quarters and in 2003 (a game I was at), he had 54 points on Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards. Like it or not, we're watching one of the greatest players ever. Since MJ's Bulls career came to a close, has anyone been better?

At 3/23/2007 2:40 AM, Blogger shoefly said...

I think Gilbert's blog post was the most insightful piece of sport's writing I've read in years. he absolutely nails the conservative media bias and repressive corporatism that have completely destroyed the NFL for me, and have made ESPN completely unwatchable. Excellent work, gilber.

At 3/24/2007 12:54 AM, Anonymous pyrex chapman said...

i don't think anyone would actually type "at the end of the day" with the frequency that gilbert lets the horrible, horrible phrase leak out.

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