From “Shaqtin’ a Idiot” to the Olympic video games. That is fairly the glow up.
Make no mistake, if Staff USA Basketball wins a gold medal this 12 months, it will not be “Shaqtin’ A Idiot’s” gold for JaVale McGee, who was named to the 2021 USA Olympic basketball roster on Friday, per experiences.
That is proper — that JaVale Mcgee. The JaVale McGee. And now, that is Olympian JaVale McGee. Settle for no substitutes.
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The veteran middle identified for drawing the ire of Shaquille O’Neal and, usually, being an unfairly meme’d participant within the Affiliation, was named to Staff USA as one of many replacements for Bradley Beal and Kevin Love. Beal was positioned within the NBA’s well being and security protocols whereas Love withdrew with a calf damage.
The opposite substitute: Spurs ahead Keldon Johnson, additionally one thing of a shock choose that raised some eyebrows. Each McGee and Johnson are making their first Olympic look as a part of Staff USA.
Some individuals questioned the choice of McGee and Johnson slightly than the Pelican’s Zion Williamson or Atlanta’s Trae Younger.
McGee, in his second stint with the Nuggets, appeared in 46 video games within the 2020-21 NBA season with the Cavaliers and Denver, and was coming off his third championship-winning crew in 2020 with the Lakers.
After all, McGee is one in all NBA fan bases’ most chosen targets, and followers took to Twitter to query head coach Gregg Popovich — and throw down some dunks on the choice of McGee (Editor’s be aware: Some NSFW language in tweets under):
Anticipate Shaq to be throughout this information shortly.