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Flip Saunders Name-Drops JaVale McGee, Pierre Responds on Twitter (VIDEO)

Updated: December 17, 2014


We could easily classify a number of things JaVale McGee did while coached by Flip Saunders as knucklehead moments. We could do the same for Randy Wittman. We could do the same for George Karl. And the same for Brian Shaw. Eddie Jordan coached JaVale for a season. Anyone else? (His college coach raises a reluctant hand.)

Running the wrong way, constantly zonin’, shot-block chasing at the detriment of team defense, meaningless but meaningful basketballs off the backboard, selfish triple-double seeking, generally unaware and blind to the help side, ‘Can’t say I do’ JaVale McGee. He made Shaqtin’ a Fool a franchise. Future of the NBA? More like, stuck in an alternate 1985 reality where Biff Tannen rules the United State with a reckless fist and a sports almanac. That’s just who JaVale McGee is. Sorry, guy.

After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer:

“It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.”

Most wouldn’t name-drop, but can you blame Flip? McGee and Blatche were part of what killed his coaching career in Washington. Others would say that’s only a small part of the bigger picture (or issues) with Saunders’ tenure. Nonetheless, unlike Wittman, Flip didn’t have the luxury of sending those two players packing while trying to ensure that the doorknob hit them … and then continuing with coaching a talent like Wall. Now, having been an analyst on ESPN, Saunders knows when the microphone is his to help paint the narrative. You can watch his full answer on video below.


And, naturally, the response from JaVale McGee came on Twitter (which, cannot be confirmed as valid since it is a synthetic retweet from an alter-ego, ‘Pierre’—I was hacked?):

[via @JaValeMcGee34]

[via @JaValeMcGee34]

To be noted:

Saturday Night Live name-dropped JaVale McGee this past weekend.

He shared it on Instagram.


"I'm re-tweeting myself in my mind right now."

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