Shaqtin A Fool Episode Six, Volume 5 (2015-16)
JaVale McGee Returns! New City, Same McGee
It’s that time of the week again. Weekend sports warriors and basketball fans around the globe get to laugh at professional NBA ballers who are better than us but still make fools of themselves occasionally. In this latest Shaqtin a Fool episode Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and special guest NBA Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas break down the five best fails from this week in the NBA. TNT’s weekly Thursday night NBA coverage has become must-see television viewing for sports fans. Inside the NBA is extremely informative, pointed, and funny.
McGee is Back on Shaqtin a Fool
Shaqtin a Fool episode six brings us the 2015-16 debut of JaVale McGee, now with the Dallas Mavericks. He must have been the consolation prize for Mark Cuban after missing out on DeAndre Jordan. Honestly, we feel bad for him. McGee’s got amazing talent, but he needs to realize he is 7’0 feet tall. When you are the size of the Jolly Green Giant it’s tough to be coordinated. A few words of advice for McGee. You aren’t Steph Curry. Please stop trying to show off your footwork away from the hoop. Get down low and throw it down on defenders’ heads.
The good news is that his attempts to play ball make for great comedy. Also in this episode, New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis joins the party. Plus, we get the return of the Wizards’ Otto Porter, last season’s Shaqtin a Fool MVP.
McGee Hates Shaqtin
You would think players would have a sense of humor about their fails, but McGee ain’t having it anymore. As a Golden State Warrior, he gave his reaction to his Inside the NBA fame to the Mercury News (as reported by For The Win) in 2016. When Shaqtin’ a Fool became popular, McGee became it’s viral star. His appearances on the segment morphed into a label he couldn’t shake. Strangers chided him about it in public. McGee privately seethed, most upset, he said, that it was on the league’s network. “Fans think it’s real. Like that’s real life and they think I’m a dumb person,” McGee said. “It’s just really disappointing that grown men, 50, 40-year-olds are having America’s funniest home videos of a player. And then making it a hashtag and really just trying to ruin someone’s career over basketball mistakes.”