JaVale McGee has been a part of the Golden State Warriors last two NBA Finals victories but decided to move on to a new opportunity this offseason. He decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers to play alongside LeBron James and to help try to bring title contention back to one of the most storied franchises in league history.
Over the years, McGee has had a roller coaster career. There is no denying the potential and talent that he has, but there have been many boneheaded plays that have caused quite a bit of ridicule to come his way as well.
Shaquille O'Neal and McGee have had a rivalry over those plays, as he became the face of O'Neal's blooper show, Shaqtin' A Fool.
In a recent interview with ESPN, McGee talked about the unfair treatment that he has received from O'Neal and the show.
“I'm sure you can find the same amount of lowlights for Kobe, for Jordan, for anybody who's an All-Star. But you keep showing just one person. And it got to the point where I'd miss a layup, then I'd be on the show. Like, people miss layups. Like, that's not a thing. So it got to a point where it had to end. At one point everybody grows, and they have to speak up and defend themselves as a man.”
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He also talked about why he took a public issue with the show and how he was portrayed.
“Yeah, because it starts affecting how other teams look at you, like, ‘Oh, he's not a smart player' because someone picked up all of his lowlights and put it in a reel. I definitely didn't feel like it was fair or needed at all. Like, at all.”
At 30 years old, McGee is hoping to show once again this season that he is a quality big man capable of being a starter on a good team. We likely have not seen the last of the O'Neal vs. McGee rivalry, but the Lakers' big man is done taking smack talk from one of the Lakers' all-time greats.