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.



By Michael Lee |  April 7, 2009; 8:49 AM ET
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this is hilarious lol

Posted by: mallorygrauer | April 7, 2009 10:06 AM

Love it! But where is DMac??

Posted by: ivyleague | April 7, 2009 10:16 AM

The Post article this morning oon McGee was the best piece of journalism on the Wiz this year. It was interesting, provided stats and relied upon attributable quotes from the relevant people to address the salient points.

Similarly, it indirectly got behind the "knucklehead" comments previously directed at the younger players.

From my perspective, anybody who can't deal with this sort of knuckleheaded entertainment should not be in the basketball business.

Similarly, McGee tactifully said his random minute utilization was the most difficult part of the job. As I have said, Taps is making it harder for these young "knuckleheads" to develop, not making it easier.

Posted by: Izman | April 7, 2009 10:22 AM

Does anybody get the feeling that if McGee does improve over the summer and become a legitimate NBA center, it'll be in spite of the coaching staff in Washington and because of? Nevertheless, I'm very encouraged by McGee's commitment to improving. In fact, aside from Blatche (and possibly Pech), all the young guys seem to have the fire in them to improve. They all just have a few flaws to work out - NY needs to expand his game beyond scoring, McGuire needs to expand his game to INCLUDE scoring (off more than dunks and putbacks), and McGee needs to get stronger and develop a reliable inside game. Still, I'm greatly looking forward to this summer and next year.

Also, what is the limit for a player to appear in summer league? Anybody know if NY, DM, AB, and OP will be playing as well?

Posted by: babbtong | April 7, 2009 10:59 AM

sorry, should be "and NOT because of"

Posted by: babbtong | April 7, 2009 11:00 AM

Izman:

I totally agree with your assessment about the knucklehead comments as reltes to MCgee and any of the young players. Columnists and even players have made reference to these young guys as knuckleheads without any evidence of behavior to categorize them as such. All of these guys are young kids, about the same age as my son, who are exhuberant and seem to be having fun.

Quite frankly, the "knuckleheads" in this organiztion are the inmates that run this asylum. McGee tactfully handled his playing toime situation with far greater maturity and depth than his coach or management has handled it with their public critique of these young guys.

McGee, obviously through the tutelage of his mother, comes off as a smart, articulate young man.

Posted by: NewManagement | April 7, 2009 11:32 AM

Dray just happened to have an Afro wig in his locker?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | April 7, 2009 11:41 AM

Quite frankly, the "knuckleheads" in this McGee tactfully handled his playing toime situation with far greater maturity and depth than his coach or management has handled it with their public critique of these young guys.

Posted by: NewManagement | April 7, 2009 11:32 AM
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BINGO.

Posted by: UltimateFootballNetwork | April 7, 2009 1:49 PM

McGee needs to get himself some ARod Juice and hit the weights this summer. That way he can finally box somebody out next year.

Posted by: awb9h | April 7, 2009 2:03 PM

Do other teams do this type of thing or are the wizards in a league of their own?

Either way its amazing.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 7, 2009 2:15 PM

#1 - LOVE the video!! yes, the season has been stressful (for the fans too). What do we want our players to do - walk around in a funk & stop being themselves?

#2 - I see no reason what so ever to bash McGee. We know that he was not "trained" well this season at all... He knows what he needs to do. This very paper has written about the extra work he has been putting in throughout the season. We know he needs to bulk up. Did anyone expect that to happen over the course of a the season (do we need him sittign in a congressional hearing????)

#3 - Our Young players struggled. Our not so young players struggled. There were many points that we can high light - Jamison's consistency; McGuire's growth on defense; Crit - WOW. Haywood's return (you cannot deny his impact on both sides of the court...) & even Arenas's return - immediate impact, we know more is to come.

The season is just about over. Let's look towards next season & where we will continue to see growth.

#4 - LOVED THE VIDEO!!!

Posted by: 2StepsAway | April 7, 2009 6:46 PM

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