Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  25 responses

JaVale McGee Throws Oop Off the Backboard to Himself (VIDEO)

McGee doing what he does best.

The JaVale McGee Experience continues to be very, very awesome. McGee and his coach George Karl—who continues to pray against all hope to get his young center under control—had vastly different reactions to the stunning play. Per the Denver Post: “When I threw it, I was thinking dunk,’ McGee said. ‘I thought if I didn’t dunk it, I was going to get taken out of the game.’ Indeed, he caught it with just his right hand and unleashed a mammoth one-hand slam. And he stayed in the game. The dunk gave Denver an 80-64 lead in the final minute of the third quarter, perhaps Denver’s best quarter of the season. The Nuggets led just 46-44 at the half, but outscored the home team 36-22 in the decisive quarter, one in which Denver shot 61.9 percent and McGee scored six points (for the record, McGee was not awarded an assist for himself, nor a missed shot for the toss to the backboard). And McGee, because he’s McGee, made a silly mustache motion with his index finger across his face after the slam — sure enough, McGee has a mini tattoo of a handlebar stache on his finger. ‘That dunk doesn’t fall under the fundamental area of basketball, but in the same sense, it worked, and I’m glad it worked,’ said Denver coach George Karl, who won his 1,100th game. ‘I hope he doesn’t try it a lot in the future. But I’m glad it worked. I’m glad it’ll be on SportsCenter, and we’ll probably see it a lot more in the next couple days.’”

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  • scott

    Still don’t understand the self moustache thing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Why would you get a mini mustache tattooed on your finger? These players have too much time and money in the offseason.

  • Max

    Gotta love Mcgee lol.

  • Reed

    If that can help ??? #stillClueless http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-fingerstache.htm

  • RayJr

    With his size and athleticism McGee should get at least 10 points per game more for doing this. He make it look too easy.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Got dunked on by Carlos Delfino right after this, that’s the story of Mcgee, do something awesome then follow it with something bone-headed

  • bike

    Unnecessary move. Very good, but unnecessary.

  • zogs19994

    NERF HOOP!!!

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I was thinking the same. It’s really not that wild of a play for someone as quick, long and athletic as McGee

  • spit hot fiyah

    getting dunked on is bone headed? give dude props for at least being there, running away from a post is more bone headed to me

  • RKJ92

    No kidding.. :-|

  • spit hot fiyah

    this guy actually has the higher PER on the nuggets

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer.
    Guess that’s just the theory of man…

  • robb

    too bad he doesn’t have a brain. But it was a nice play.

  • j

    looks like the hakeem workshop is paying off! nice fake and pivot to the hole!

  • theDankerNuggets

    to clarify he wasn’t directly dunked on, he was really late on his rotation giving Delfino a wide open lane to the hoop

  • LakeShow

    Like a gazelle.

    If you don’t enjoy McGee, you don’t enjoy zany, weird, lanky, ridiculous human beings playing basketball!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    He needs to just do this every play

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    his face when he is running back on D is priceless

  • The Mighty FV

    It costs about $30 to get a tattoo on your finger, quit crying…your jealousy is pissing people off.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he a lil slow… a good kind of slow

  • bike

    I believe the self-moustache act was him trying to stop one big sneeze.

  • add

    bangin it off the board like tmac

  • Omar

    The awesomeness of the dunk…The absurdity of his celebration. Javale Mcgee is the whole package!!!!

  • zogs19994