JaVale McGee’s Self-Alley-Oop Angered His Coach And Teammates (Video)
With the Washington Wizards entering last night’s game against the Houston Rockets sporting a league-worst 1-11 record, JaVale McGee was hoping to give the Wizards’ fans something to get excited about when he threw down an off-the-backboard self-alley-oop early in the third quarter with his team trailing by six.
McGee didn’t see much wrong with his choice of finish, but his coach and teammates did. In addition to benching McGee, Wizards head coach Flip Saunders and some of the Washington players had some interesting thoughts to share with reporters regarding McGee’s antics following the game.
Here is a look at what some of the Wizards had to say:
Flip Saunders: “We’ve got to get to where those plays, you know we identify with meat and potato basketball, playing hard, setting screens, playing the right way and not highlight type things and we’ve been saying that many times. You know we have some players that look for highlights rather than substance.”
John Wall: “A dunk is a dunk. I would rather seen him do a regular dunk. We’re down. We’re 1-11. 1-12 now. So there’s no point in doing any kind of excitement, but he made the basket and that’s all that counts.”
Maurice Evans: “Obviously, it’s a little disappointing. We’ve had this on a team I played on in the past where we showboated a little bit. I think that’s something people will look at. We’re already struggling to get wins; we don’t need to put targets on our back. That’s something JaVale knew and recognized and understood once he was in the locker room. I think that’s something he’ll learn from.”
Andray Blatche: “I don’t know. That’s his thing. He’s a dunker. I don’t really care for it. It’s nothing bad or good to me.”
As for McGee, he didn’t see things in quite the same manner as his coach and teammates. He had the following to say after the game:
“Apparently, if you get a fast break and throw it off the backboard in the third quarter, and you’re 1-11, you’re not supposed to do stuff like that.”
So what do you think? Is a self-alley-oop a little overboard for a player on a 1-12 team? Or is McGee simply trying to have fun on the court and entertain the paying fans in the process?
Take a look at the video below and we’ll let you be the judge.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]