First of all, we know Houston’s Chandler Parsons got a put-back dunk on JaVale McGee, circling his crotch and balls around Epic ‘Vale’s head for good measure. McGee was more than posterized, he was GIF’d…
In video form, if you will…
Then, of course, in true JaVale fashion, there was this, a dunk off the backboard when down 64-60 early in the third quarter against Houston:
And people reacted…
@CraigStouffer of the Washington Examiner:
McGee’s dunk was the equivalent of Peck shutting down the protection grid in Ghostbusters, unleashed
#Wizards evils upon Verizon Center.
@JFrankHanrahan of Comcast SportsNet:
If 11-1 McGee can do that dunk not at 1-11.
Royce Young on CBS Sports:
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 McGee himself?
“Apparently, if you get a fast break in the third quarter and you’re 1-11, you’re not supposed to do stuff like that. I felt like I was trying to get the team hyped and trying to make a good play, so I felt like we did that, and we went on a run from there.”
Then there’s always Nick Young, via @MrMichaelLee of the Washington Post:
Nick Young’s reaction to JaVale McGee’s self-alley-oop dunk: “He had some big Kahunas.”
Safe to say Young meant to say “cojones,” but “kahunas” works just fine.
Me? Via @Truth_About_It:
2 be honest, I didn’t even care abt JaVale’s backboard dunk, was marveling in Wall’s transition D comm. & Booker’s hustle reb that led 2 it.
…While I also recognize that it was ‘typical’ JaVale McGee, or rather, a reason why he doesn’t really get it. But, just as he said this quote after Saturday’s Sixers game via the Washington Examiner:
“Whenever you’re losing, it’s hard to get things of that nature: All-Star and players of the year, defensive, most improved, stuff like that. It just doesn’t come to players that are losing, but I mean, just whatever.”
McGee’s backboard dunk, what do YOU think?