Tag:JaVale McGee
Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:24 pm

Maybe only Blatche is available, not McGee

Posted by Royce Young

Following Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee's altercation last week, reports started bubbling up that the Wizards were shopping both big men to test the market for them.

Turns out it might just be Blatche that's having his name passed around. Via the Washington Post:
According to two Western Conference executives, the Wizards are gauging interest in Andray Blatche to determine if trading the skilled 6-foot-11 forward is best for the organization moving forward.

The executives said McGee is "not yet" on the market, despite reports to the contrary . McGee, a third-year center who participated in Team USA tryouts last summer, is averaging career highs of 9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. But he is still playing on his rookie contract, which pays him $1.6 million this season and would limit what he could bring back in return.

"JaVale seems very not available," one of the executives said.

If the Wizards are simply looking to separate the two because of the altercation, it makes sense to keep one. McGee is probably the player with more upside, though both have underachieved thus far in their young careers.

But much like the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittendon gun incident from a year ago, Washington didn't move both out of town, instead just dropping Crittendon.

The Wizards haven't been happy with the way Blatche approached this season after breaking his foot over the summer. As a result he came into the season a little fatter than expected and has been working to get in shape since opening night. This coming after he signed a three-year extension that will pay him $28 million between now and the 2014-15 season. 

More than McGee, Blatche has been a problem child. After his one-game suspension because of the fight with McGree, Blatche has now been suspended twice this calendar year. He was sat down for a game last season after getting wildly upset with coaches and trainers during and after a game. On top of that, he got into an argument with Flip Saunders last spring after he didn't check back into a game.

Add in that Washington just acquired a new 6-10 power forward in Rashard Lewis and it's clear that Blatche is the more expendable of the two. (Though Lewis probably isn't really part of the long-term plan.) Blatche carries a lot of baggage with him though, and I don't just mean the excess weight. McGee probably would've solicited a few more call-backs.

Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:09 pm

Are the Wizards shopping McGee and Blatche?

Posted by Royce Young

Over the past two seasons, the Washington D.C. has been ground zero for weird NBA stories. That whole Gilbert Arenas thing happened -- something the Wizards are still recovering from -- but most recently JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche tried to punch each other's faces out in front of a night club.

The Wizards moved on from the Arenas incident recently by trading him. And the same fate may face either Blatche or McGee. Or maybe both.

According to HoopsWorld,
the Wizards are shopping McGee and Blatche to gauge how much interest there might be. This of course could be a result of the fight or it could just be something Ernie Grunfeld had planned on doing.

My guess is that it's all related. Under new owner Ted Leonsis, the Wizards have been completely committed to becoming more family-friendly and having a product on the court that the city can be proud of. I would assume that having two players that tried to rearrange each other's noses doesn't qualify there.

What's interesting is that the Wizards signed Blatche to a contract extension over the summer that runs through 2015. Obviously at the time, it seemed like the Wizards were entirely committed to Blatche as part of the future. But maybe not.

Then again, this might be a tactic by Leonsis and Grunfeld to try and get the attention of two of the entire league's biggest underachievers. Both Blatche and McGee have incredible talent. But neither have really been consistent. Blatche came into the season, well, fat and McGee just hasn't really developed his game outside of alley-oops, putbacks and trying to block every shot attempted ever.

I would assume that Grunfeld is going to find that not many folks are all that interested in trading much for either. Because of Blatche's extension, I doubt he'll garner much interest, but some enterprising general manager might be willing to take on McGee as a project. I remember before the 2009 draft there were a couple murmurs going around that Sam Presti was interested in McGee. A good system and a new culture could do wonders for a prospect like McGee.

More than likely, nothing comes of this rumor. By the deadline, I'd expect both McGee and Blatche to be in a Wizard uniform. But Grunfeld and Leonsis are focused on changing the Wizards' culture so any bad apples might be shown the door. Washington is in the middle of a complete flip and anyone not named John Wall is likely a candidate to be shipped off. Probably starting with the guys that try and beat up teammates.
Posted on: December 26, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:51 pm

Blatche, McGee suspended 1 game, apologize

The Washington Wizards suspended Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee for getting into a fight at a nightclub, and both players apologized.andray-blatche-javale-mcgee Posted by Ben Golliver  On Friday, we noted that Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee were reportedly involved in a fight at a DC-area nightclub that involved punches being thrown. While details of the Christmas Eve altercation weren't initially clear, the Washington Post reports that the Wizards investigated the incident and decided to suspend Blatche and McGee for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team." The players will serve their suspension during Sunday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.  
Witnesses at the club have said that the Wizards' starting front line cursed at each other, while two sources added that Blatche and McGee exchanged punches before being restrained from each other. According to one source, Al Thornton attempted to break up the fight and was punched by a club bouncer. Police were called on the scene, but no arrests were made and there were no injuries.
Blatche, the Wizards' leading scorer, originally denied that he and McGee fought, claiming that the two had "only one push" while exiting the club in an effort to avoid other fights inside. The Wizards stated that it was "simply a disagreement between teammates" on Friday before investigating further and determining that punishment was in order.
Blatche also apologized via text message to the Washington Post.
"I'm very sorry for the incident. I had no intention of this ever happening. I apologize for my behavior, to my family, the whole Wizards organization, my fans, my teammates and coaches."
McGee similarly apologized on Twitter, where his username is "BigDaddyWookie."
I wanna apologize to the fans and the wizards organization for the immature acts that I was involved in.
Given the magnitude of a "nightclub fight" headline and the franchise's recent history with teammate-on-teammate threats of violence, completely letting this kind of incident slide would have been a public relations disaster. The suspension, although it amounts to a slap on the wrist, does send a message to fans that more is expected from Wizards players. That both Blatche and McGee apologized shows a level of professionalism that was absent on Christmas Eve. One hopes that the two young Washington big men take their late-night altercations to a practice gym, where they can push and shove and jostle for control of the paint all they like, without the need for police intervention. Entering Sunday's game, the Wizards remain 7-20, dead last in the Southest Division and the Eastern Conference.
Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:50 pm

Report: Wizards' Blatche, McGee exchange punches

Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards reportedly exchanged punches at a Washington, D.C. nightclub on Christmas Eve. Posted by Ben Golliverandray-blatche-javale-mcgee Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee took a short break from underperforming on the court to engage in fisticuffs at a nightclub on Christmas Eve, reports the Washington Post
Multiple league sources have confirmed that teammates Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday morning.
Witnesses have said that the players were screaming expletives at each other, but two league sources added that Blatche and McGee also exchanged several punches at the Shadow Room in Northwest Washington. A Wizards spokesman released a statement late Friday that read, "The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates."
Well, on the bright side, it was fists and not firearms.  Friday morning's incident comes roughly one year after former Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton got into a disagreement that saw Arenas bring multiple guns into the team's locker room, and ended with Arenas suspended for the remainder of the season. Both players are young. Blatche is 24 years old and McGee is just 22, and  no one would confuse either player with a mature adult. But their altercation, with some details still remaining unclear, is another sign that there is still work to be done in changing the Wizards' culture.  Washington's new owner, Ted Leonsis, has said in recent interviews that a full rebuilding effort will take multiple years. Both Blatche, who is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, and McGee, who is averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, are generally assumed to be in the team's longterm plans, which focus on building around franchise point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.  But with any headline-drawing incident like this, it's good to step back and ask a simple but tough question: Will these players help Wall achieve greatness, will they stand in the way, or will they be a distraction? Bottom line: if they're not helping, they're hurting.  The Wizards are currently 7-20 and in last place in the NBA's Southeast Division. With no meaningful games remaining in their 2010-2011 season, this is an excellent time for the Wizards to take a hard-line stance on player transgressions. Get through to them, or get them out of there. Wall's future is too bright to waste.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:10 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:22 pm

Shootaround 12.09.10: Rocking out with Rony

Former NBA player turns club DJ, questions about Tyreke Evans' foot, Derek Fisher drops the Clippers, the Blazers fret about a lockout, Antoine Walker airballs a free throw, and a bunch more. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly is now a party DJ playing in clubs across the globe, the New York Times reports. “I’m not doing this to be a celebrity,” Seikaly said. “I’m not doing this to become famous. I’m doing this just to share the love, and to share the music.”
  • Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, "could miss the rest of the season with a right toe injury," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the media.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:07 am
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Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.

Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
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