- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2007

By John Taylor

Today on Washingtontimes.com

• Patrick Stevens brings you the latest from Rutgers Stadium on D1scourse, our colleges blog.

• Ryan O’Halloran makes his weekly NFL picks on Redskins 360.

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“I don’t think he should mess up history like that.” one of the many opinions offered yesterday by Gilbert Arenas, this one on the Barry Bonds home run ball doomed to wear an asterisk

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM >> Excerpt from our SPORTS BIZ BLOG

 Friday morning, I found myself across a table from Wizards coach Eddie Jordan as he made his first remarks in anticipation of next week’s team training camp. Why? Because our Wizards beat writer, John Mitchell, was occupied following Gilbert Arenas all over town.

 Apparently in Wizards-land, the team’s All-Star guard kind of runs his own show when it comes to dealing with the media. And today he decided to let reporters follow him around as he worked out at Cardozo High School, biked back to Verizon Center, ran the stairs, shot baskets, lifted weights and rehabbed his left knee. While Mr. Mitchell went and dealt with that, I attended Eddie’s media roundtable, which had been scheduled by the Wizards long before Gilbert decided to do his thing.

 One hopes that this concept of parallel media availabilities does not become a common thing. I saw many reporters rushing in to hear Jordan speak about midway through his remarks. Being in two places at once is not possible, unless you’re Michael Keaton in “Multiplicity.” In which case, you should be doing much more exciting things with your time.

 Goodness knows why Gilbert or Eddie couldn’t have moved their availability, but the general feeling is that the two men are a few hugs short of being best buddies. Eddie lets Gilbert do his thing as long as he puts in the work and performs.

 “I’ve always said I’ve been a very fortunate coach to have someone play like Gilbert Arenas,” Eddie said. “I’ve said it for years and months and weeks. He’s a highly motivated player and a terrific young man. He’s got this different personality that has been very good for his professionalism on the court as well as off the court. He’s done some really terrific things for himself. We’re all lucky to have a dynamic guy with so many dimensions personality-wise and on the floor.”

Tim Lemke

TWT FIVE >> QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED ON MONDAY’S NBA MEDIA DAY

1. Who hugs for the crowd first: Brendan Haywood with Eddie Jordan or Brendan Haywood with Etan Thomas?

2. Will Kobe Bryant show up to Lakers camp?

3. Who will be more out of shape at Madison Square Garden, Eddy Curry or Zach Randolph?

4. How often will the word “playoffs” get thrown out in Atlanta?

5. What will get more buzz at Cavaliers camp: LeBron’s appearance on “SNL” or the fact that Cleveland did nothing to improve in the offseason?

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