JaVale McGee delivered the entire JaVale McGee experience tonight. Insane creativity, ridiculous ambition, seven total dunked basketballs, a seeming lack of understanding of how basketball works, and a ton of missed dunks.
Unfortunately, Serge Ibaka’s toy rescue duplicated JaVale’s planned money-in-the-mouth dunk, or the final round could have been epic. JaVale was never going to win the popularity contest of the finals, and with the KIA and the gospel choir on hand, there was no way Blake Griffin wasn’t making the finals. Dick Bavetta was one of the five judges, right?
Unless McGee put on a Justin Bieber wig for his last attempt, he wasn’t pulling off a text-based upset. But he’s still the dunk champion in my heart. Now if he could devote the same amount of time to pick-and-roll defense and jump shots that he spends learning to dunk three basketballs at once, he might become a truly special player.