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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Wizards react to JaVale McGee in dunk contest

By Gene Wang

JaVale McGee dunked three balls at one time and two balls on two baskets, but even those feats weren't enough to lift the Wizards center to victory in the NBA dunk contest on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Clippers rookie Blake Griffin instead claimed the first-place trophy. His winning dunk consisted of leaping over the hood of a car, receiving a pass from Baron Davis out of the sunroof and slamming two-handed in front of the home crowd while a choir sang "I Believe I Can Fly."

In a contest that appeared all but decided from the moment the participants were announced, the long odds McGee faced was a much discussed topic among players and coaches following last night's practice, the team's first since the all-star break began on Thursday.

"The All-Star Game is in L.A., and Blake Griffin is on SportsCenter every night," forward Rashard Lewis said. "So I think everybody pretty much knew who was going to win that dunk contest going into it. But I thought [McGee] most definitely did a good job. He had a chance. But you know, Blake Griffin, in L.A. It would have been tough for him."

McGee may have a chance to win the dunk contest next year. Griffin was noncommittal when asked if he would defend his title, and since the first year of the contest in 1984, there have been only three back-to-back winners.

But as far as his apparent snub this time, there was more than a little bit of skepticism with the voting method, which used fan texting to help determine the outcome of the contest that also included Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka.

"I thought JaVale, he probably won the dunk contest," said Coach Flip Saunders, who called this dunk contest the best in a long time. "He did two dunks that no one else could probably do as far as the two-ball and three-ball dunk. I thought he had a great performance. He might have had to do a 720 from the free throw line in order to beat Blake Griffin. With the vote, I think that's the only way he would have been able to win."

Note: Kirk Hinrich is out tonight against the Pacers and Rashard Lewis will be limited, according to a tweet from the team.

By Gene Wang  | February 22, 2011; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Flip Saunders, JaVale McGee, Rashard Lewis  
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Comments

mcgee obviously should have won that contest but there was no way david stern would have let griffin lose. mcgee should have ran and blocked griffins dunk attempt.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 22, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

McGee's 4th dunk was lame and that's why he lost


he should have saved his two backboard dunk for last

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 22, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Who give's a rat's ass?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

if mcgee did that he probly wouldnt have made it to the final round. and his last dunk was even better than blakes, blake barely had to jump, ibake jumped from even further. it just looked nice and was hyped up thats y he won.

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McGee's 4th dunk was lame and that's why he lost


he should have saved his two backboard dunk for last

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 22, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: skinsfan09 | February 22, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

McGee's 4th dunk was lame and that's why he lost

McGee was not going to win with any type of dunk after all the hype surrounding Griffin to dunk over a car. Now if he did a 360 from the free throw line, we may have a different result there.

Anyhow, I hope McGee's experience being at the all-star game will motivate him to become a better player overall and not just a dunk master. If it's true that he'll be working with Dwight Howard over the summer then he's heading on the right track. add 30 more pounds and he'll be unstoppable.

Posted by: demonj21 | February 22, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Call a cop! McGee was robbed!! He had the dunk contest and they know it! :(

Posted by: Fandom | February 22, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If there was any value to the skill he displayed, then perhaps the Wizards might not stink so badly. This was merely a display of clowns-man-ship which he apparently has in abundance.

Posted by: mhenrikse | February 22, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess that makes Blake Griffin the head clown then...

Posted by: Fandom | February 22, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes. I would say Blake Griffin was the winning clown.

Posted by: mhenrikse | February 22, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

^^^
Keyboard courage,

Posted by: gmac78 | February 22, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The JaVale/Griffin contest was decided the minute they left the final decision up to the fans and not the judges. Of course Griffin is going to kill JaVale in a popularity contest at an All-Star game played in LA. Griffin's final dunk could have been a blown layup and he still would have gotten the majority of the fan votes.

Posted by: joebleux | February 22, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it takes a lot of courage to say that a guy jumping over a car to receive a pass out of the sunroof while a choir sings "I believe I can fly" is a clown. And insight. I'll bet Blake Griffin would also say he was a clown. My original point is that these antics do not necessarily translate into any skills that win ball games. Maybe 13 yo like watching this stuff. More power too 'em. I'm probably hearing from them...

Posted by: mhenrikse | February 22, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Of course Griffin is going to kill JaVale in a popularity contest at an All-Star game played in LA."Posted by: joebleux"

And any place else, except Washington. Heck, he might even win at Verizon Center.

But really, how upset can a Wizards fan be? It's not like they lost an actual playoff game or something. Our guy got beat on the basketball equivalent of 'America's Got Talent'.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Or look at it this way: if we'd sent Earl Boykins against some 6'9" guy, then we might have something to complain about. But Javale has a standing reach of over nine and a half feet. That's almost ten inches more than the guy who won.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Who give's a rat's ass?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 12:30 PM |

You do, you read the article and posted.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 22, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I kept wishing for Griffin to not complete his dunks. Because that, short of hurting himself, was the only way McGee was gonna have a shot.

Especially after Griffin came out with the car and the choir...McGee should have had then re-park the KIA and dunk over it *length-wise* to get fair chance of winning.

Posted by: tundey | February 22, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If there was any value to the skill he displayed, then perhaps the Wizards might not stink so badly. This was merely a display of clowns-man-ship which he apparently has in abundance.

Posted by: mhenrikse |

Translation: I hate McGee because he gets paid millions for doing what most of us do for free and I dont. I am a hater.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 22, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

mhenrikse

Its a dunk contest at an all star game you idiot. Its not suppose to translate into wins. Its suppose to entertain. Does the winner of the MLB All Star Home run hitting contest team actually win more games just because their guy won the HR contest? Does the guy that wins the long ball contest in golf actually win more tournaments? If you want to see wins vs loses then watch the playoffs.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 22, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, when they begin using 3 balls in the NBA, McGee will be the man.

Posted by: mhenrikse | February 22, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Translation: I hate McGee because he gets paid millions for doing what most of us do for free and I dont. I am a hater.Posted by: ged0386"

Which I presume makes you a Javale lover?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"You do, you read the article and posted."

Posted by: ged0386 | February 22, 2011 3:08 PM

An obvious logical fallacy. After all, I read your post and responded, but I couldn't care less about you or anything you have to say.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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