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Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 1:55 pm  |  19 responses

George Karl Wants JaVale McGee to Be Less ‘Lazy’ and ‘Crazy’


JaVale McGee is arguably the most fascinating project in the NBA today. A wildly talented and gifted player, prone to fits of insane (and hilarious) actions on the court. Denver Nuggets coach George Karl would like to maximize McGee’s potential, while keeping him somewhat grounded. In other words, less bad JaVale moments, more Tim Duncan-esque consistency. Per the Denver Post: “He played about 20 minutes per game last year,’ George Karl said. ‘I think right now we’d like to get him to be a 25-minute per game player. And I think that’s feasible.’ Denver acquired McGee in a trade last March with the Wizards. After two months of tantalizing play, he was awarded a four-year, $44 million contract last summer that was based largely on potential, which he demonstrated against the Lakers, and the notion that size, shot-blocking ability and athleticism can’t be taught. McGee and the Nuggets would have to work to fill in the other blanks in his game. Halfway through his first full season in Denver, McGee is still filling in those blanks. In the construction of an NBA center, the Nuggets have started with deconstruction, unraveling some of the bad habits that have marred his young career, now in its fifth season. [...] McGee and his representation would have been satisfied with a two-year deal, but the Nuggets pushed for a four-year contract, in part so they wouldn’t develop McGee into an upper-echelon player in two years and then have to immediately fight for his services on the free-agent market. So McGee toils in the spotlight though getting limited playing time. He remains one of the NBA’s premier shot blockers, averaging two per game, and has seen growth in his impact on altering other shots. He insists he has never been concerned about his playing time, only that he’s happy to be with a winning team. He’s averaging 10 points and 4.9 rebounds, and is shooting .553 from the field. ‘I’m just trying to … make sure that we win games,’ McGee said. ‘It’s definitely a blessing, being on a winning team. As long as we win, I can’t feel any (negative) way about it.’ [...] ‘He’s got to understand that lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work,’ Karl said. ‘We want solid and we want fundamental, and we want spectacular but only when it happens, not forcing the action where sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t.’”

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

    His desperate triple double attempt is still one of the funniest things I’ve seen in the NBA. Almost as bad as Ricky Davis’ (unsuccessful) attempt..

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    fwiw his per-36 stats are pretty impressive. But I guess he wont’ be getting more minutes until he…becomes less lazy/crazy? lol

  • Max

    Good luck with that George.

  • spit hot fiyah

    r u confusing him with andre blatche?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think george karl has been listening to some bone thugs n harmony

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

    and more like tim duncan

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Ur8rtAinI

    here’s Andray Blatche’s…both are funny but Andray’s takes the cake

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDzRvZcFn48

  • Kevin

    Layzie and Krayzie just happen to be the two best members of the group as well. Sorry Bizzy

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    If you want to make javale a smarter player you’re gonna need a magician not a coach

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this is my favorite headline of the ever

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

    Javale had one too…should be on YouTube. Kevin Mchale is commenting on it, calling it a disgrace because Mcgee screams and shouts after he gets his triple double, but the Wizards are down by 20 points.

  • robb

    and stupid…

  • TR

    I live in VA so ive seen a lot of McGee over the years and my god this motherfucker is goofy.

  • KC

    I could never have a clown like Javale on my team no matter how much potential he has. If he isn’t reaching his potential, its because he doesn’t have the desire or work ethic to do so. People say he is so talented but where is the talent? H was born tall and athletic but, he hasn’t developed any skills as a basketball player. Can he shoot? No! Dribble? No! Pass? No! Does he have any type of offensive game? No! Is he a great Defener? No! Does he hit the gym to develop an imposing physiqe that will allow him to control the paint? Nope! So where is this immense talent other than he was born tall? H is going to get passed around the league as coaches try and turn him into a palyer and with a few years he will be in china.

  • Matt

    He’s a very mobile, very athletic, and very long center. Are you really wondering what his potential is?

  • kc

    Yeah but where is his skill? theres plenty of players who have been tall and athletic that don’t add up to anything. All signs point to Javale continuing to be all potential thats never lived up to. Heck everyone has potential to be a good basketball player if they put the work in so whats potential really worth without hard work? What he is now is all he is going to be and thats not much .Javale is pretty much cluelss on a basketball.

  • AQWORD

    Stop Hatin ya bunch of Beehatches! Hes contributing on a winning squad. Could have been worse. He could have gone to the Lakers.

  • Lenman

    Lets get real. He will never develop under George Karl, who is one of the good old boys that hang around the NBA and never win or develop talent. The r=erratic and mind numbing sustitution patterns of Karl are indicative of why he has never won anything and never will win anything. If he wants to develop the kid, start him treat him like a 5 and put him in the low post. His erratic play may be more of confidence than anything else. Karl proved with the Smith kid that he can not effectively manage talent and plays favorites. Galo is one of th most inconsistent players whose shot selections are reserved for a superstar player yet there are no open questions about him or his desire to play defense.

  • Matt

    I want the last word but I don’t want to try to explain to your ignorant self so I guess I’ll just have leave it at “lol”.

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