Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 7:42 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The National Basketball Players Association held a regional meeting in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon to discuss the state of the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. The early word was not exactly on message.
SI.com reports that Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee left the media early to attend another engagement, noting: "There's definitely some guys in there saying that they're ready to fold, but the majority are willing to stand strong."
On Thursday, Fisher wrote on Twitter that the meeting was "important" and noted that "all players including rookies [were] welcome."
Despite that plea, SlamOnline.com reported that McGee estimated that the number of attendees was "about 25 to 30," fewer than the number who attended the NBPA's most recent regional meeting, held in Las Vegas back in September.
"Everybody knows we've got to get more people to come to the meetings," McGee said, according to SI.com.
Shortly after multiple sources independently reported McGee's comments, he posted the following message on Twitter: "I never said anyone is ready to fold! Media always wanna turn it!"
Within an hour, the Los Angeles Times posted audio of McGee's comments, confirming that he did make the statement.
The NBPA's meeting is taking place one day after NBA commissioner David Stern began a media blitz that included an attack on NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, who he said has been inaccurately representing the NBA's offer to rank-and-file players.
Check back later for further updates from the NBPA's labor meeting in Los Angeles.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Goodman League topped the Drew League 135-134 in the highly anticipated pro-am showdown in Washington D.C. Saturday night. It came down to a controversial block/charge call that sent Kevin Durant to the free throw line where he calmly sank both to put the Goodman up one. Brandon Jennings missed a jumper with a few seconds left and Durant blocked James Harden's follow-up to seal the win.
All in all, a pretty fun night of pickup hoops during a time where any basketball at all is like manna from heaven.
And as you might expect, there were a bunch of quality plays. I mean, how could there not be in a game that featured Durant, Harden, Jennings, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, JaVale McGee, DeMar DeRozan and a couple streetball legends? So here are the top 10, compiled by Ball Is Life:
Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 3:39 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee hasn't really established a national reputation for himself in the NBA yet. He's extremely long, pretty athletic and an excellent shot blocker, but he was stuck on an atrocious team that was in the middle of a full-scale rebuild last season.
Here's what we do know about McGee: he's got a good sense of humor and an imaginative mind.
NBCWashington.com reported that McGee was in the Phillipines for the exhibition game that also involved NBA stars like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant.
During the game, McGee dunked, then raced down the court to block a shot out of bounds and then planked on the hardwood while the ball was retrieved from the stands. That's pretty funny.
But it wasn't even McGee's top plank of the trip.
McGee's best plank came at the Hong Kong airport, of all places, as he stretched his long frame across the two hand rests of a moving walkway -- a horizontal escalator -- allowing the rails to move his prone body, suspended roughly three or four feet off the ground, along their tracks. It's a pretty insane visual. Talk about hang time.
Here's the video of Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee planking on a moving walkway at the airport courtesy of YouTube user NBAinfos.
For good measure, here's the video of McGee dunking, blocking and planking at the exhibition also courtesy of YouTube user NBAInfos.
Hat tip: Sportando.net.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 8:55 am
Posted by Royce Young
You need basketball. I need basketball. We wouldn't have it now anyway, but the prospect of not having it at all next year is a terrifying idea. That's why people have taken an odd amount of interest in players participating in exhibition games overseas.
Well, now there's going to be a pretty significant streetball exhibition and it's happening in Washington, D.C. We told you there was a possibility of this and now it's pretty much definitely happening.
The legendary Goodman League is set to take on the legendary Drew League in a showdown taking place Aug. 20. (You can watch a stream of it here.) And the rosters aren't going to disappoint.
Kevin Durant leads the Goodman and joining him will be John Wall, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Selby, Sam Young, Donte Greene and from the And1 Tour Hugh Jones, Emmanuel Jones and Warren Jefferson.
For the Drew, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown (Aris BC), Marcus Williams and three more players yet to be named.
Durant, of course, has been playing in the Goodman League at Barry Farms for a long time, kind of making it his second basketball home. It's sort of the place to be for good pro-am hoops on the East Coast right now. The Drew League has become the premier pro-am league on the West Coast. So it's only natural someone organized a showdown.
With a dark summer of no official basketball because of the lockout, you should be very, very excited for this. And there’s no doubt the Goodman has a major edge here. First, it’s in D.C. Second, look at that roster. KD, Wall, Lawson, Reke and Beasley are quite the core. Harden’s been tearing up the Drew (he scored 52 there a couple of weeks ago), but the Goodman roster is way better.
I mean, who the heck is guarding Durant? Dorrell Wright certainly will get the call, but the Goodman has a ton of speed. Of course, I'm hoping to see Harden on Durant for most of the game, for obvious reasons.
You can be sure this showdown will be awesome. And you can be sure I’ll be watching. You better be, too.
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:40 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
Only with the Timberwolves would a No.2 overall pick be considered a burden. But that's the case as just as soon as the Wolves found their spot in the lottery, rumors of them trying to trade it sprang to life. And as Thursday's draft inches ever closer, they've gotten out of control. They're multiplying like Gremlins. Seriously, if you see one, don't feed it after midnight. Here's what we've got. These are rumors and should be viewed with skepticism, but they pass the "okay, that's not so absurd it's laughable"/"that can't possibly work under the current CBA" test.
Pau Gasol for Kevin Love and the No.2. Yeah, that's what you call a blockbuster deal. It sounds insane, until you think about it. The Wolves do want an established star. Gasol is buds with Rubio out of Spain. The Lakers have been frustrated with Gasol and Love would rebound and hit threes while not challenging Bryant. Then you think about it some more and it's still completely insane. Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld floated some substantiation of the idea touched on by ESPN in a chat session about Gasol being on the Wolves' radar. Respected cap analyst Larry Coon tweeted over the weekend that there "may be some fire" there. Coon also said Love and the No.2 is too much, and that Love has not been put on the table. The big thing here is that moving Gasol means risking the championship window which is assuredly still open as long as Gasol is still within range of his prime, which he is, though the distance is increasing. Plus Love's poor defense could be a big issue under Mike Brown. But there's a decent around of smoke around this one, even if the flames seem plastic.
Here's a fun one. The ESPN radio affiliate out of Minneapolis reported over the weekend that conversations had taken place between the Wolves and Bucks, sending the No.2 pick for Andrew Bogut and the No.10 pick. Darren Wolfson of local television confirmed the report and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says it's possible, but Milwaukee isn't biting. If Milwaukee were chasing the deal, it would mean that something was seriously wrong with Bogut's wrist, which would probably kill the trade in a physical anyway. And with Darko Milicic on the books for four more years, the deal only gets more confusing.
Weirdly, the one established player who the Wolves could use who is on the block, and the one team that could use the No.2 as a building block in starting over is Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors. But while it makes a lot of sense, there's no one biting, so far.
Thankfully a rumor that had Washington offering up JaVale McGee was shot down by the Washington Post. Trying to imagine McGee in the Minnesota winter trying to clown around with Ricky Rubio while Kevin Love cries at his locker was a little much to take in as a mental image.
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young
There has been quite a bit of talk that the Wizards are looking to move up in the draft from No. 6 to as high as No. 2, as they seem to have their eye on Derrick Williams.
But to move up, you have to give up something in exchange. Not everyone lucks into a trade like the one the Wolves and Wizards had right before the draft that sent the No. 5 pick to Minnesota for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. And the player's name that keeps coming up is JaVale McGee, Washington's freakish seven-foot center.
Not happening though, says the Washington Post.
"The Wizards may have interest in moving up to getting a desired player, but this draft -- with so many question marks from top to bottom -- isn't the one that would convince the team to sacrifice McGee, a player that it has spent the past three years developing into a serviceable center in a league that is experiencing a dearth in talent at that position. With so much uncertainty atop the draft, the Wizards believe that a player that can help the team might very well be available at the sixth pick."McGee has been mentioned in trade talks for pretty much the last three years, and after an altercation with Andray Blatche earlier in the year, some of that heated up. Owner Ted Leonis always put that fire out, and it appears that the Wizards don't want to trade McGee.
And why should they? He's still extremely young (just 23) and has an incredible amount of untapped potential. McGee is already a pretty productive player, but if he could ever start to figure some of his talent out, he could be the same type of impact player as Tyson Chandler.
Derrick Williams would definitely be a prize to acquire, but it sounds like the Wolves are warming to the idea of adding Williams alongside Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Doesn't appear that the Wizards and Wolves are going to get together on another draft day trade.
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:58 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
JaVale McGee likes feeling special. After all, he chases triple doubles like mad. But it turns out McGee's not only special in his own mind, he's special in the recorod books. Remember this?
So that was fun.
And it turns out, it made McGee into a record holder. From Capitol Games on NBCWashington.com, a statement from the Guinness Book of World Records:
“The most basketballs dunked in a single jump was three by JaVale McGee (USA) during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 19 February 2011. McGee jumped with two basketballs in his possession before dunking each and receiving a third basketball to dunk via alley-oop from teammate John Wall (USA).”via JaVale McGee: World Record Holder | NBC Washington.
Even better, Capitol Games reports that McGee himself solicited the record from Guinness. So the guy who chased down the triple-double also solicited his own record for something no one else would think to do.
Oh, JaVale. Don't ever change.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:45 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Bill Russell used to always talk about the art of blocking a shot but not sending it into the fifth row because that does absolutely no good. You want to block the shot to a teammate, ideally to set up a run out for fast break.
JaVale McGee, as you might imagine, has always struggled with this. But he one-upped Russell's idea Tuesday with his block of Wesley Matthews. Not only did McGee keep it in play, he just went ahead and grabbed it himself all in one motion to make things a little more streamlined.
McGee recently put up a triple-double that included 12 blocks. That's impressive. But not as impressive as his block of Matthews Tuesday night. That's how good it was. This one is better than those 12 combined. In fact, take every block from this NBA season and it's not as good as McGee's block of Matthews. LaPhonso Ellis has the best block ever in my mind with this stuff at the rim and not only is McGee's similar, it might actually be as good.