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Iguodala says JaVale McGee is too smart for his own good

JaVale McGee, Earl Clark

Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee, front, celebrates scoring on a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark reacts in the background in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


JaVale McGee is a walking highlight. He is athletically gifted like few in the league and he can make plays that make your jaw drop. He can have just monster nights.

Or, he can make a mental blunder that is a reason he is a regular on Shaqtin’ a Fool.

There have been a lot of explanations for this dichotomy in McGee’s game — focus, maturity, and a whole boatload of other ones.

But Andre Iguodala, speaking to the legend that is Lang Whittaker at GQ, has the best description I’ve ever heard.

JaVale McGee is one of the smartest guys I know. Like, he’s a nerd, plays with gadgets and is into technology. He’s funny--he’s got crazy jokes and his timing with jokes is really funny. You have to be really smart to think the way he does. He’s a thinker, so his mind goes into a lot of different places, and I think that can be taken the wrong way when he’s on the court--he can be an over-thinker at times.

Didn’t see that coming. And because it comes from one of the NBA players I most respect as a person (despite what Sixers fans like to think) I’m going to allow it.

Iggy also made a comment on nightclubs that pretty much sums up my opinion (save for the drinking part).

I think it’s just once you’ve seen one you’ve seen it all. With the exception of maybe Vegas or Miami once or twice, other than that it’s all the same to me. I can’t hear anything in the club with the loud music, so you’re in there and you’re like, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU BECAUSE OF THE LOUD MUSIC.” I hate that, yelling back and forth. And I don’t drink, so it’s kind of pointless.