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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  31 responses

George Karl: JaVale McGee Plays a Bit Like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl is evidently happy with his team’s acquisition of JaVale McGee. Well, maybe a little too happy. From the Denver Post: “Karl also is fired up about the acquisition of McGee, who embraces running the court and blocking shots the way selfish shooters embrace launching 3-pointers. McGee entered Monday ranked second in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 2.4. Last season with Washington, McGee was second in the league in blocked shots per game (2.4) and second in total blocks (193). ‘His length is very impressive. He’s long,’ Karl said. ‘I think he plays a little bit like Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), but he’s a defensive Kareem more than an offensive Kareem. He’s not going to be a power player, but he’s going to be an athletic-length-long player. I think athletically, with Wilson back, it will probably be the most athletic team that we’ve had. In the same sense, you need brains, you need fundamentals and you need execution.’”

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  • AD

    mcgee will hopefully flourish under karl.. dude is too talented!

  • Zabbah

    He’s right, he is “a bit” like Kareem, as in he’ll only make a bit of the 38,000+ career points Kareem’s got. Like, maybe 5,000.

  • L Dribble

    He’s also a bit like Shaq, but the free throw Shaq not the 15 time all star Shaq. I know the air is thinner up in Denver, but ???

  • D.J

    Just when I think that Karl can’t say anything stupider, he raises the bar a little more.

  • sk6

    What does George Karl have against Kareem?????

  • FnF

    Kwame reminds me a lot of David Robinson. Thabeet is a funny mirror image of Motumbo. If you squint really hard in the dark, Joel Anthony plays just like Patrick Chewing.

  • Just Sayin

    No.Just no.

  • lisa

    LOL…. Still bitter I see.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Like a stupid terrible version of Kareem…

  • tommy

    McGee plays like Kareem?

    In other News George Karl declares Adam Morrison plays like Larry Bird:
    ‘I think he plays a little bit like Larry (Bird), but he’s a dark haired Bird more than an blond haired Bird’

    WTF?!

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    In a serious note, with those lenghty arms, he can be unstoppable if he learns to sky-hook.

  • Ash

    I bet Javale plays good under Karl

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    He’s talking about young Kareem, the athletic ability, not the offensive game. Go to Youtube, and look at some of Kareem’s older footage when he could run, and jump it’s similar to McGee. I know dude is dumb as a box of rocks,but he is talented.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ooook.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Great stuff that Mcgee gets a proper coach to develop under.
    I personally like mcgee a lot he works his behind off.
    Sure he makes some dumb mistakes but this guy still has a huge upside.

  • bike

    Javale should immediately change his name to Mohammad-Shabazz-Shazzam-Salami.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    A bit like Kareem? How? Because he’s tall and light skinned?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LMAO

  • thetalkingcomb

    He would be, if he let Jet Li kick his ass in a movie.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Um. Okay.

  • hushabomb

    Whilst he can jump out of the gym and also give you ESPN highlights with his dunks, sooner or later he’s gonna have to rely on skills. Which he doesn’t have yet. Javale, if you want a long term contract then get a jump shot or a low post game and quickly. Or else you gonna be forever known as a knucklehead!!!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    In that they are both 7 feet tall.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Because they both play center.

  • Ill Smith

    ‘In the same sense, you need brains, you need fundamentals and you need execution.’ Wow. George obviously doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into with McGee…

  • Clownfish31

    Well, they are both basketball players, so in that sense he’s also like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Pistol Pete and Mengke Bateer.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i like how he mentions “brain’s” at the end

  • fdred

    Karl knows whats up. He stated Javale’s upside (Length) and then mentioned his downside (Not the offensive threat kareem was, and lack of brains, fundamentals and execution). He kinda threw javale under a bus more than he complimented him. Javale is a bum. His talent is simply being a tall man. He’s not powerful, not quick, not a skilled shooter, not a great defender from a technical stand point, and most importantly he has no heart. His mom however can get the penis. Check out Pam McGhee

  • dsleepy

    javale mcgee = scarecrow. if he only had a brain.

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    A really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really…… poor man’s Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Javale McGee plays a bit like a space man more like it

  • IamYOU

    Really? Cause I thought javale played like javale when he was playing for the wiz.

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