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Video: JaVale McGee did another pretty dumb thing

Eric Freeman
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It is at this point not enough to refer to Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee as scatterbrained or inattentive. In this season alone, he's been responsible for several of the most absentminded plays in league history, including his recent hook-and-dash during a Wiz possession. Intentionally or not, JaVale has reached a higher level of greatness, one we usually reserve for the best players around. Except, in his case, he makes such legendary mistakes that they can't possibly be forgotten. Maybe they'll even make sense centuries from now, sort of like when great artists only find fame after death.

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On Wednesday night, McGee added another masterpiece to his catalogue. Early in the second half of Washington's 115-107 home loss to the Sacramento Kings, wing Francisco Garcia drove to the hole and put up a teardrop runner. JaVale, camped out under the basket, waited for the ball to fall far past its apex, at which point he for some reason chose to swat it about five rows deep behind his team's bench. Not surprisingly, he was benched soon after, although he did return.

I cannot explain why McGee did this. But people didn't much understand Vincent van Gogh in his day, either.

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