Thursday, November 20, 2008
Gilbert Arenas Gets A Wax Statue @ Madame Tussauds... Now There Are TWO Stiffs In Washington.
Gilbert Arenas, what's not to like? He's the best blogger in the NBA, (even if he has a little help), but even a ghost blogger can't come up with a powerful and personal post like this. Easily one of the best scorers in the L, and of course just one of those fun, carefree, crazy personalities you just have to love - Esquire nailed it in a story they did on Agent Zero in 2006. Yes folks, Gilbert does have "phenomenal swag."
Yet while Madame Tussauds isn't the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it's pretty much the physical equivalent, or so I thought. When considering immortalizing someone for posterity isn't there a screening process or some type of qualification checklist? Gilbert's statue is going alongside Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods and Babe Ruth and he has only made it out of the first round of the playoffs once! As of right now, he's definitely not on my Hall of Fame inductee list, and I'm not even touching on the fact he's yet to play a game this season, and has only participated in 87 games over the last two years.
There's lots to love about Gilbert, and a great deal of it is his character and what he does off the court, but until he makes his teammates better, or wins some games, maybe that wax is better suited to make some candles, hold a vigil, say a prayer, and hope that Gilbert gets back to the man he used to be.
UPDATE: The only basketball players enshrined at Madame Tussauds are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, and there are plans for Yao Ming in Beijing. They're putting Gilbert in with some significant company.