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April 25, 2007 at 1:51 PM

Hibachi sizzle

So I had to ask Storm center Ashley Robinson about a little incident at a Sonics game in March. The Wizards were in town and I covered the matchup for The Times. It was a sweet game because Washington All-Star Gilbert Arenas made a buzzer-beating layin over 6-foot-10 Chris Wilcox to help the Wizards win, 108-106.
After the game Arenas laid his jersey on the court, and Squatch, the Sonics’ mascot, picked it up and tossed it like a dirty rag. This is where Robinson and her friend, Calvin Huggins, stepped in.
Apparently Huggins, a 24-year-old Seattleite, is a huge Arenas fan. Dressed in a Ray Allen jersey, Huggins immediately picked up the jersey — the only fan in KeyArena rushing to do so — but security made him give it back. Robinson said Huggins was bummed.
“All game long Calvin was trying to get his attention to get his shoes because Gilbert makes bets and stuff,” Robinson said. “I’ll be dang dong if at the end of the game Gilbert doesn’t hit the shot right in front us. We’re like, ‘WOW!’ and freaking out because we saw Gilbert hit the shot. Sorry for the Sonics. And then he lays his jersey right where we are. So we’re freaking out and I’m like, ‘Calvin go ahead and get it!’ But security said Gilbert wanted to give it to this girl that had been taunting him all game. So they took the jersey from Calvin and gave it to somebody else. Since it was security, I didn’t want to get all confrontational, but Calvin deserved it.”
Huggins befriended Robinson when she arrived midseason via trade last summer. He helps find cool eateries and gives directions when she’s lost in the city, along with being someone fun to hang out with.
“Gilbert owes him a jersey because he got that jersey fair and square,” Robinson said.

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