Today's What If? Series on SB Nation has prompted plenty of discussion on Twitter and reminiscing in the comments as we wonder what would have happened if Gilbert Arenas never hurt his knee. But nothing has provoked more thought here than this tweet from Grantland's Zach Lowe:
@MikePradaSBN What if JaVale just kept on running when he was going back on D that time the Wiz had the ball? Like, to the ocean and beyond?— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) August 21, 2013
The following is what we imagine would have been running through JaVale McGee's mind had he kept a diary of his thoughts during his journey.
Feburay 7, 2012 - 4:33 AM
You would probably run too. You would probably run with all your might if you knew you'd have to look John Wall in the eyes again and see the last ounce of hope fade from his body. You would head for the hills if you knew what Randy Wittman would have put me through the next day in practice. You'd run as far away from any television if you knew it would only show you running the wrong way on loop for weeks. You can only be Shaqted A Fool so many times before something inside of you makes you flee the torment.
So I ran to the end of the court, and when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Washington D.C. And I figured since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the DMV.
For no particular reason, I have decided to keep runnin'.
February 7, 2012 - 11:14 PM
It's been a good day. I feel like I am free for the first time in my life. I've settled for the night in Winchester, VA. There may not be much here, but it feels so good knowing I'm out of that "DMV" area. Everyone has been real nice here, but I need to get going. I have to keep running before Ed Tapscott finds me.
February 8, 2012 - 2:10 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 YO ITS PIERRE TAKIN OVER SO JAVALE CAN GET A REST
February 8, 2012 - 2:13 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 WHERE CAN I GET SOME FRITO-LAYS???
February 9, 2012 - 9:44 AM
For the first time since my departure, I was contacted by the team. Dray wanted to know if he could use my phone charger.
February 11, 2012 - 5:54 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 RISE N TWINED
February 11, 2012 - 5:56 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 WHY ARE MOVIES TERRIBLE?
March 3, 2012 - 4:15 PM
First big milestone of my journey: I just crossed the Mississippi River. Traversing the river was most difficult, thanks to James Jones, who always seems to get in my way.
May 24, 2012 - 9:57 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 IT'S SOME JEALOUSY IN YA REAR VIEW! WAVE HELLO!"
June 2, 2012 - 1:11 PM
I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.
June 8, 2012 - 1:33 AM
I think a lot about Dray and John and Coach Randy, but most of all, I thought about Nick. I thought about him a lot.
November 7, 2012 - 9:33 PM
For some reason, what I'm doing seems to make sense to people. So I've gotten some company recently. More and more people keep jumping in, it seems. Someone told me I give them hope.
November 8, 2012 - 8:58 AM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 IF I HAD A REALITY SHOW WOULD U WATCH?
May 13, 2013 - 7:33 AM
I've reached the Rocky Mountains. I am at a loss for words for two reasons. First, I am amazed by the beauty of these mountains, even though the snow is mostly gone. Secondly, and more importantly, I am at a loss for words due to my asthma. I am so thankful that I played in Washington D.C., where I was not put in a position to play in these conditions on a regular basis.
July 31, 2013 - 8:30 PM
Flushing a toilet with the lid up can send fecal mist traveling up to 20 feet in all directions.— Fact (@Fact) July 31, 2013
August 4, 2013 - 3:12 PM
I was running along, somebody who had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera. Oh well.
August 7, 2013 - 4:39 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 BLESSINGS SO ABUNDANT TODAY
December 24, 2013 - 11:43 PM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 MERRY CHRISTMAS
April 25, 2015 - 9:45 AM
I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now.
April 25, 2015 - 11:33 AM
RT @JaValeMcGee34 U TELLIN ME THIS SHRIMP 🍤🍤🍤DON'T LOOK GOOD?