Denver Nuggets big man JaVale McGee emphatically denied Matt Barnes at the rim during the Denver Nuggets' 107-92 victory over the visiting L.A. Clippers on March 7. It was a signature swat for McGee, only this time, he literally signed the ball.
Well, he pretended to, anyway.
First, let's address the victim here. The play capped a really rough night for Barnes, who ended up on Wilson Chandler's poster late in the first half and then was part of the creation of a whole other souvenir when his layup attempt ended up out of bounds—courtesy of McGee.
Hardwood Paroxysm put things in perspective for Barnes, who actually had a decent first half before the Chandler dunk sent everything spiraling out of control:
Welcome home, dear Matt Barnes. - Earth— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 8, 2013
But Barnes is a notoriously tough guy, so he'll probably come through his embarrassing episodes unscathed.
The real question, though, is this: What did McGee really pretend to write on that ball? Sure, everyone assumes it was his autograph, but remember, this is JaVale McGee we're talking about here. You know, the same guy who famously ran back on defense when his team had the ball?
Wizards Extreme remembers those days well, and was quick to point out that TNT's Steve Kerr wasn't a huge fan of McGee's antics:
I guess some things still haven't changed as Steve Kerr questions JaVale McGee's maturity and professionalism during this Nuggets game #Nene— Wizards Extreme (@Wizards_Extreme) March 8, 2013
Considering his wacky streak, there's a decent chance McGee wrote a recipe for enchiladas on that Spalding. Or maybe he drew a picture of a neat bird he saw once.
Hell, perhaps he penned an apology note to Barnes. Anything's possible with this guy.
While the content of McGee's writing is up for debate, one thing's for sure: After calling Shaquille O'Neal "old as dirt" on TNT's postgame show (a forum on which McGee is often the butt of jokes and a regular player in O'Neal's "Shaqtin' a Fool" segments), TV probably isn't in the cards for him.
JaVale McGee probably isn't a future #InsideTheNBA host.— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) March 8, 2013