We all laughed nervously yesterday when JaVale did another highlight reel dunk and salute leading to a 19-point run for the opposing team and another loss. It was slightly cool at the time, but we all winced knowing what was about to happen.
Now, the dunk is a microcasm for why the Wizards suck around the world. Much to my amazement, Patch.com even took a minute to pile on. I hadn't noticed in other coverage that McGee defied the coach and showed that he clearly doesn't get what he did wrong.
“I told him that’s unacceptable,” Saunders said during his press conference following the Wizards fourth straight loss. “I mean maybe I’m too old school, but save that for the all-star game. Not during the game."
"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.”
McGee was asked directly if he regretted his decision knowing Saunders’ reaction.
Now it's not like this is the first time that one of the players clearly showed he doesn't give a crap what the coach says. We see it night in and night out.
Anyway, I thought we should have a place to vent and rationalize about JaVale separate from the other discussions. This is a great PTI question: Bigger story for the Wizards, Wall's 38 points or McGee's slam??