JaVale McGee is a different dude, so it should probably come as no surprise that he took an entirely original viewpoint on the play late in Sunday night's Warriors win over the Wizards that resulted in Brandon Jennings shoving McGee to the ground. Jennings pushed him because he thought the Warriors were running up the score late in a blowout, something that is considered bad sportsmanship in basketball.
McGee was able to joke about it afterwards and said he was happy that Jennings pushed him. Here's why, via Anthony Slater of the Mercury News Group:
"I thought I was going to make the shot, but I airballed it. I’m glad he pushed me, to tell you the truth. Like, say he didn’t push me, right? I would have airballed it and it would have looked horrible. You see what I’m saying? So, shout out to Brandon Jennings," he said.
McGee went on to say that he understood why the Wizards were mad and that it wasn't his intention to be a bad sport:
"It didn’t shock me... everyone knows the basketball rules," he said. "I shot it because we would rather have a missed shot than a turnover. That’s the only reason that I shot it. If there was no shot clock, then I wouldn’t have shot the ball. I wouldn’t even ask for the ball."
Here are McGee's full comments:
Now, that's a funny way of looking at it. Good for McGee to laugh it all off.
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Some new Wizards teammates, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant, made their way to the Rico Hines private run in Los Angeles, California to establish some chemistry before training camp opens in late September.
As seen above, IT is no stranger to sharing the sugar as he finished top 20 in the league in assists per game (5.9) in 2016, the last season he was fully healthy. While TB is one of the most efficient rim-runners in the league, leading the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (68.5) last season.
Could this be a preview of what to expect come season's tip? Wizards fans sure hope so.
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The Wizards sought to add an assistant coach with a strong defensive track record this offseason and they did just that Saturday evening by hiring Michael Longabardi, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes.
Longardi, 46, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive coach on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff. He was initially hired by former Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue in 2016 when the team claimed their first championship in franchise history.
Before joining the Cavaliers, Longabardi held assistant coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and most notably the Boston Celtics, in which he and Lue served under head coach Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau from 2007 to 2013.
Longabardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xaverian High School, a private Catholic school. He then went on to play basketball at Newberry College where he earned the nickname "Mr. Defense."
Just a day after reports broke that Tommy Sheppard would be promoted to a permanent general manager position, the organization is making yet another move in hopes of improving overall culture and team defense.
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