The JaVale, Nick, Andray & Mike Show
You may or may not have had the chance to see the silly, bizarre and random video of Wizards youngsters JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Andray Blatche, and veteran Mike James on the Internet. Agent Steinz posted it yesterday, and Young and McGee talked about it after practice.
Apparently, McGee was the brains behind the operation. Inspired by the classic Nike freestyle, streetball/Harlem Globetrotter dribbling commercial, McGee said he rounded up several of his teammates to participate. A few backed out at the last minute, leaving behind a dribbling, dancing quartet to provide 63 seconds of hilarity. Washington Sports & Entertainment producer Jumoke Davis taped the video a few weeks ago, prior to James breaking his right pinkie finger. Davis later added the soundtrack.
"I just wanted to do the old Nike commercial. One day after practice, we decided to do it," said McGee, who posted the video on YouTube under the name, bigdaddywookie.
Gilbert Arenas provided the T-shirts for McGee, Young and Blatche. They are from Undrcrwn, the footwear and apparel company responsible for some of the more creative presidential campaign T-shirts. Arenas has an ownership stake in the company, and Young said Arenas saw it as a chance for a free promotion. "So we could advertise for him and publicize," Young said.
The players put on their Zephyrs shorts and Young said they got the rest of the props -- glasses, jackets, hats -- from the equipment room.
The Afro wig? For some reason, Blatche keeps a spare in his locker. "I don't know how Dray had that in his locker. When he pulled it out his locker. That kind of shocked me too," Young said with a laugh. "We freestyled it. Everything was made up right there."
McGee said the response to the video has been overwhelmingly positive: "We was just fooling around. It's hilarious. It's getting lots of love. It's entertaining. People are just laughing about it."
Young said people shouldn't be surprised that McGee was behind the video. For one, Young said, "He's a jokester."
And, two, McGee is quite tech savvy. "He got all kind of technology stuff at his house," Young said. "He bought more stuff for computers than he bought for his car. He got all kind of electronics. I think that's where his money be going."
Young added that video might air on the Jumbotron at the Wizards' final home game next Monday against Toronto. The guys keep laughing to the finish line, huh?
The original Nike commercial from 2001 featured streetballers and NBA players like Vince Carter, Baron Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Lamar Odom, Jason Williams and Darius Miles.
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