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JaVale McGee: Are We Wishing the Denver Nuggets Center into Humiliation?

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 26:  JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets moves against Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 26, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Nuggets defeated the Bulls 108-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 9, 2012

Over the weekend and into today, folks have been abuzz about yet more JaVale McGee humiliation.

It's a supposedly hilarious slice of "Ja Fail." CSN Washington even calls it, "60 seconds of pure JaVale-ness."  

Seriously, you can't take McGee seriously after witnessing him goaltend, miss a dunk, slip and get his shot blocked.  Except, when I actually watch this sequence, it seems pretty mundane.  

Hey, it's not perfect basketball, but most of the miscues in the sequence are understandable and happen to every big man. Andris Biedrins has a flat shot, and blocking it upward makes a close call seem like a terrible goaltend.

The missed dunk is a put-back attempt—it's not exactly like those are guaranteed. The Biedrins "block" is an obvious foul, which the refs should have noticed because the Warriors center doesn't really make positive plays anymore.

And the slip on defense? It was barely a stumble and didn't factor into the play at all. Humble as the stumble in the jungle of...okay, I'll stop. 

In short, I've seen far worse from Anthony Randolph on an average Anthony Randolph night. It seems that the collective want for "JaVale screws up again!" may be influencing coverage of poor McGee.

We may have reached the point where people are exaggerating JaVale McGee mistakes just because it fits the mocking narrative. We may have reached it a long time ago. 

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