In an interview Friday with OurBKSocial, a Brooklyn website, Jeffrey Gamblero discussed how being tossed from the Garden had changed his life. The interview at Barclays Center appears to be his last interview before he died Sunday after leaping from a second story window at his father's house in Queens.
"If you try to say the same after a life-changing event, you're lying to yourself," he told OurBKSocial. "Your life has changed. You're a different person. I even got alter egos going on and stuff, but I'm not getting into. The world is not ready for them...
"I get visions. Things happen, man. I don't know. I'm going with the flow." he said when asked when he could discuss the "alter egos."
He described the aftermath of the December 2 incident at the Garden. "I had the worst week of my life. You guys don't understand. I'm putting myself through the same training as when I lost my leg (in a car accident 17 years ago). When I lost my leg, I was in a trauma. I was like, I have to focus on getting back to what I had to do."
He said that experience had put him "in my house, wrestling with demons, figuring life out." Now, he said Friday, "I've found my focus, found my new passions," adding, "I don't have the same passions I did before ... it's been a metamorphosis, new patterns, new passions, new passions.
"I'm not going to get any deeper than that because you guys are going to think I'm nuts," he added with a laugh.
Kristi Evans, Gamblero's fiancee, told the New York Times and ESPN that indeed the Garden incident had changed his life.
"After that, he was a completely different person," Evans said. "He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat."
In other parts of the interview, Gamblero spoke about his love of Kenny Anderson who like him grew up in Queens and how basketball still hasn't recovered from the death of Drazen Petrovic.
- Long Time Nets Superfan, Jeff Gamblero, Dead - OurBKSocial