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JaVale McGee: “I felt like the rim was at my waist.”

Updated: July 16, 2010

[The yell after the dunk.]

I’m pretty sure you’ve seen it by now, JaVale McGee’s monster dunk over New Orleans’ Kyle Hines in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game. It was pretty damn insane … and definitely would have been nice to see. I was right there, mere feet away taking pictures from the baseline. And right there in my way was the referee. Thankfully in this day and age there is a YouTube, so let’s take another watch.

After the game McGee spoke about his dunk, saying, “I surprised myself to tell you the truth. I thought I was going to dunk it, but I ain’t think … I felt like the rim was at my waist.”

In the video below, McGee also credits the Hornets’ Sean Sonderlieter, depicted as “that white guy with the hair down to here,” as being the spark that ignited the Wizards’ third quarter where they outscored New Orleans 30-16. Evidently Sonderlieter said something to John Wall after he expressed his excitement over a Trevor Booker blocked shot. “Everybody just jumped on that guy’s back. We just all came as one and everybody just started going crazy. We all just started feeding off each other,” said McGee.

And this was after Washington headed into the locker room (or rather, the make-shift locker room sectioned off by a curtain on the side of the stands at the Cox Pavilion) down 49-36 at the half, having been out-scored 26-7 by the Hornets in the second quarter.

Oh yea, the Wizards won 90-89 thanks to a buzzer-beater by Lester Hudson that answered a Craig Brackins three with 2.2 second left. Might as well watch that too.

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  • Joe

    Almost better than JaVale’s reaction is Booker’s. Reminds me of Friday “Damn – you got knocked the f*ck out!”

  • hunter11

    This dunk was, at best, only the third great thing McGee did in the 4th Q. Two plays shortly before this dunk were things that, if McGee were to focus on, he’d be more dominant. The first play was the Ewing-move (the quick step across the lane finishing with a baby hook). The immediate next play was more of a Dream-move (the power spin to the baseline and finish at the rim). If McGee were to develop both of those moves, given his quickness and length, most defending 5’s would have a difficult time stopping him. He also showed this particular dunk that started with the fake….the one man fast break from the opposite base line that concluded with an under-control slide around the defender to avoid a charge….and then the long 2 pointer. I know it was only summer league, but this was a legit disply of skills that most pivots don’t possess. This wasn’t just being set up by John Wall on an alley oop. Keep working on those post moves, young man.

  • hunter11

    now a comment about McGee’s defensive rebounding. For his career, he’s always seemed somewhat awkward in grabbing defensive boards…and its always appeared that he should be able to get more defensive boards. I noticed something last night that might be the problem (in addition to him needing to be more assertive with boxing out).

    when McGee does box out, it looks like he gathers his energy to hold off his man and then begins to squat so that he can jump high in an effort to grab the rebound. I think this set-up, particularly the squat, is the problem. It seems like McGee is more concerned with jumping high rather than jumping quickly or reacting to the ball. the high jump would explain why he looks awkward grabbing the board…because he’s out jumping the rebound and not grabbing it over his head. With his set-up, I don’t think he can react quickly if the rebound doesn’t come to him. He’s already gathered his energy and began squatting to gather the rebound in his spot. If he merely boxed out his guy and didn’t squat…but focused more on jumping quickly rather than jumping high…I think he’d grab more defensive boards. you might notice on the offensive end, he doesn’t spend time gathering himself or squatting a bit to maximize the jump…instead, its more reactive.

    I’d like to discuss this in more detail with Saunders or Cassell if anyone has a way for me to send one or both of them an e-mail. Maybe they have noticed this already or maybe its not an issue…but it just seemed odd to me as I noticed it.