There really isn’t a better way to summarize the 2011 Wizards season than this brief video clip.
And yes, I think I’ve typed those words like 40 times before, but this time I really mean it.
This is JaVale McGee, on an insane, relentless, maniacal quest to get his first career triple double. If that required wretched airballs and a technical foul for hanging on the rim when he finally got into double digits in pionts, well, you can’t make an omelette without smashing some eggs with a sledgehammer and smearing them on the kitchen walls.
“Stop, stop, this is a bad triple-double,” Kevin McHale said, during the ensuing highlight package on NBA TV. “You’re down 20 and you get a triple double? I am not impressed. Do not show me that highlight again. I’m all done with that. That is terrible. Oh my goodness. He was shooting four feet over the basket and dribbling it out of bounds trying to get a triple double.”
But that, Kevin, is the reason I’m a 2011 Wizards fan.
(By the way, feel lucky you’re not the reader who bought three points to change the line from Wizards +15.5 to Wizards +18.5. If McGee dunks and runs up-court, the Wiz lose by 18 and the reader wins. With the tech, the Wiz lose by 19 and the reader loses. But it was a sweet dunk, I guess.)