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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

JaVale McGee's missed dunk

By Dan Steinberg


For two nights in a row, the Wizards created Internet-worthy at-the-rim highlights in losing West Coast efforts. Tuesday night, it was Nick Young's 360-degree layup, which was SportsCenter's top play. Wednesday night, it was JaVale McGee's flying from-the-free-throw-line missed dunk, which came with 20 seconds left and the Wizards trailing by 25.

"That's what happens when you hot dog," the Kings announcer said, although that's not technically true. Sometimes when you hot dog, you actually score. Sometimes, you might fail in a benign manner. And sometimes, you might create magic. More accurately, I think, he might have said "that's when you hot dog unsuccessfully."

This all prompted the Wizznutzz to belch out a bunch of new nickname ideas for McGee, each of which is brilliant:

I Believed I Could Fly, AndNone, Schleprock Dunkerton, Spaced Jam, Airball McGee, Epic Valeure, Phi Slamma Jamma Bama.

I'll go with the latter, at least on this night.

(Via SB Nation DC.)

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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Comments

Wow. No team loyalty in this town. I would expect this more from other news outlets. Less I forget, negatitivty sells (unfortunately)

Posted by: ivyleague | December 9, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm worried Stein is changing "DC Sports Bog" into "DC Sports Bummers." :D

Yes, given how poorly the Wiz did, a simple layup might've been better, I just wouldn't pour salt on the wound.

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 9, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The WP and Dan Steinberg aren't supposed to be "loyal" to the home teams. Fans should be loyal. News outlets and their reporters should not be fans. Plus, it was funny.

Posted by: gkronenberg | December 9, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Why would you call a fast break one on none by a 7 footer "hot dogging it". He missed. Not what I would expect from a DC blog. But Steinberg only does gosippy Rhona Barrett type blogs.

Posted by: bobilly1 | December 9, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Why would you call a fast break one on none by a 7 footer "hot dogging it". He missed. Not what I would expect from a DC blog. But Steinberg only does gosippy Rhona Barrett type blogs.

Posted by: bobilly1 | December 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if folks ripped jordan like that when he blew that breakaway dunk in his wizards all star game.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if folks ripped jordan like that when he blew that breakaway dunk in his wizards all star game.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 9, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I think the local newspaper reporters can be fans.

However, there's no need to call it for anything other than what it is. McGee loves highlights more than he likes the right play. McGee deserves to be called out for that

Posted by: crs-one | December 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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