Gil Won't Return Without Jamison
This was supposed to be Gilbert Arenas's last blog of all time, and I was anticipating another heart-felt manifesto on the meaning of life and NBA basketball. Instead, we get equivocation; "I'll give you all a hesitant no, this is not my last blog," he
said wrote. And praised be for that.
There's a lot in there: his thoughts on the Cleveland series, the comeback, DeShawn Stevenson, his style of basketball, a reader challenge that could result in him doing 300 push-ups, parental aging, the mortality of childhood icons, the pathology of violent video games, his dry swimming pool, Northeast Ohio hatred and, yes, the future. Regarding that future, he says something he's said before, but with considerably more oomph:
The future is the future. I want to be back in Washington, but weird things happen in free agency. If Antawn is not back, then there's no point in me coming back because he's part of my success, too. When you're doing pick and roll with a player like him, they can't double you, they can't trap you because you have a pick and pop guy who can shoot the three at your four position. My success is because of him too. If he doesn't come back, I'm not coming back.
I know everybody is focusing on whether I'm coming back, but I'm focusing on what he's doing. If he doesn't come back, then I'm not coming back.
That's pretty definitive. Which, if you're a newspaper editor, is the headline out of these 3,000 words. But if you're a blogger celebrating Gilbert's half-hearted pledge to probably blog again maybe, the highlight is his description of his new tattoo, which is so meanderingly non-sensically ridiculous that it pretty well personifies Gilbert-as-blogger, and is the reason we can fairly argue that D.C. now has the two best athlete sports bloggers in the nation. The tattoo:
Originally I had one tattoo on my knee. When I was getting ready to make my comeback, I put one cross on my knee cap. I was like, "God is going to be with me for this journey." So, then I remembered, when Jesus sacrificed himself he was with two thieves on either side of him on the cross. So then I had to get three crosses to represent Jesus and the two thieves and sacrifice, because I was going to sacrifice my knee for the team.
Since it was going to be a sacrifice, I figured, let me just double up on the crosses. So I had the one original, plus the two sets of three, so that gives me lucky number seven. And I know there's something symbolic with seven. So I get blessed on the knee cap with one cross, get blessed on the left side with three crosses and I get blessed on the right side with three more crosses ... If that makes any sense.
No, Gilbert, it does, it does. Yes, it doesn't.
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