May 12, 2011
Wizards center JaVale McGee(notes) is an excitable boy, the kind of guy who seems to have a world of talent and not enough sense to put it all together. That's not to say that McGee is ineffective or won't ever be a major contributor on a good team. It's just that, even when he does something great like put together a triple-double, he does so in a really goofy way that makes you wonder if it was even all that impressive.
Such was JaVale McGee's performance at this year's dunk contest, as well. He had some amazing dunks, including one in which he dunked three balls in one attempt -- one in each hand, plus an alley-oop from teammate John Wall(notes). Unfortunately, it took him a few tries to complete it, which made the whole idea a little less impressive.
However, the dunk will go down in the record books for its greatness. Literally. From Capital Games:
[W]e now have confirmation in the form of an e-mail from the Guinness people.
"The most basketballs dunked in a single jump was three by JaVale McGee (USA) during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 19 February 2011. McGee jumped with two basketballs in his possession before dunking each and receiving a third basketball to dunk via alley-oop from teammate John Wall (USA)." [...]
JaVale has since tweeted a pic of his certificate, which we suppose makes it official. At least it looks official, what with the foil stamp and all. [...]
We reached out to the Guinness people to find out who solicited the record and the response was "JaVale did directly, or his manager did". Maybe JaVale was a little more bitter about losing the contest than we thought. It's like his triple-double all over again.
I would have given JaVale the world record for most ridiculous alter ego, but I'm pretty sure Guinness would consider that a matter of opinion, not fact. Whatever the case, I imagine this will be the first of many worldwide accomplishments for McGee before his career is over. He's only four ill-advised drives away from breaking the record for most immediate substitutions in a career.
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