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JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:52 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young

With the now 1-12 Wizards trailing by six in the third quarter, JaVale McGee found himself all alone for a breakaway dunk. And what did he choose to do? Throw it off the backboard and oop himself.

Now, McGee made it. But that doesn't make it any less bonehead. Really, nothing sums up the hapless Wizards more than this play. It's just immature, stupid and pointless. Points are at a premium for Washington at all times and you can't risk blowing two easy ones.

I like McGee. I don't think he's a total knucklehead. I think he plays hard, tries to get better and wants to win. But he, along with some of his teammates, continue to do dumb things. It's a culture thing. You can't continue to think about yourself or highlights. You have to think about the team and what's most important. If McGee had blown the dunk, that would've told you everything you needed to know about the Wizards. Again, he made it and got the two points, but the point remains. As soon as I saw it I thought, "That was so Washington Wizards. They know they're 1-12, right?"

Remember last season how McGee basically sold his soul to try and get a triple-double? That's the type of recurring issue you see within a troubled, dysfunctional team. Putting stats and self before team. At some point, you've just got to grow up. You can't continue to waste talent and opportunity. Be a professional. An NBA game isn't your own personal playground. It's about the final score. It's about winning and losing, the latter of which you know plenty about.

And like me, coach Flip Saunders was not impressed or amused by this and actually benched McGee for the final nine minutes of the Wizards' eventual loss to the Rockets.

"Apparently, if you get a fastbreak and throw it off backboard in the third quarter and you’re 1-11, you’re not supposed to do stuff like that," McGee said after the game.

Yeah, apparently. The fact you didn't think about that beforehand really says it all.
Category: NBA
Tags: JaVale McGee

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:23 pm

JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

Does he get an assist for that ?

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:46 pm

JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

I know that the end result is scoring to win the Game....  However, these are Professinal entertainers, correct?????   That play could be completed by 3/4 of the NBA....  What did the Paying spectators think about it????????   Let's ask them to what capacity we're they entertained by that play.......

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:45 pm

JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

I like the play!

Give something positive to the home court fans, who actually come to watch a losing team.  He probably makes that more than he would make a layup.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:42 pm

JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

whats wrong with giving the poor fans of the hapless wiszards something to cheer about ? if your team was 1 and 12 you would cheer for any sign of life. At least he made it. could of been alot worse.

get rid of coach flip , he's a bum. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:00 pm

JaVale McGee oops self, gets benched for it

Personally I think the Wizards are going to have their hands full trying to build around John Wall. The guy is a clown. From what I've seen he's a prima donna and doesn't have the ability to make those around him any better. I love the clip iof him walking on the court and purposely shunning all of your teammates trying to give you a high five on the way by. What a classless douche, McGee is the least of their concerns.

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