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George Karl on JaVale McGee: “lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work”

Jan 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Denver Post has a story about how the Nuggets are being patient with the wildly erratic JaVale McGee — they gave him four years, $44 million last summer and now say it’s just fine that Kosta Koufos beat him out for the starting job because it’s about the long term.

The Nuggets brass has made a bet he is going to mature into a star — he certainly has the skills. He is the most athletic big man in the league, but he is as likely to make a boneheaded play as he is a brilliant one. He’s now a regular on NBATV’s “Shaqtin’ a Fool.”

Which led to a great line from George Karl.

“He’s got to understand that lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work,” Karl said. “We want solid and we want fundamental, and we want spectacular but only when it happens, not forcing the action where sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Classic Karl.

Just a thought: McGee is in his fifth NBA season at age 25 and his numbers this season are pretty much the same as last season.

Maybe this is it. Maybe this is just who JaVale McGee is. Erratic game and all.

The Nuggets have bet big that is not the case.

  1. drewzducks - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I think what Karl really wanted to say was ” fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life”.

  2. rockthered1286 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Told ya so!

    – Wiz fans

    • sportfandc - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      So glad he’s gone. Better to have less talented guys who work hard than talented knuckleheads. (Of course, I’d rather have neither)

      • shanelsweet - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        The Wiz got Nene for him. The GM Grunfeld should get an award. Even with sore feet, Nene is a huge improvement.

      • broncobeta - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Sore feet? He’s been on the court for less than 40 games in basically what is a full season now, and that’s just counting his time in DC. He was hurt all the time in Denver as well.

        Nene is more overpaid than McGee (13m to 10m) and he barely sees the court. Not really sure how Grunfield should get an award seeing how his team went 0-18 this year.

    • sportsnut101 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      How’s ur record wiz fans

      -nuggets fans

      • toddbeall - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Actually, now that we have both Nene and Wall back, our record is improving dramatically! All our players now are hard workers. Javale McGee is, indeed, lazy, and I doubt that he will ever develop into a great player (though he certainly has the skill set).

        But Washington has won its last 5 home games, including a win over Chicago tonight. We have won 7 out of 10 since Wall’s return.

  3. brotherlove2012 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Forget about it, that’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to be in the future. In pro sports 25 is right where you are supposed to dominate, it’s your prime, so that’s it for him. He’s not gonna become the second coming of the big fundemental, no way! They will trade him next year, mark my words. A championship caliber team cannot have that type of bozo on its roster, it’s just not possible. A least Rodman was a hard-working bozo, it’s not the case here.

    • davidly - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Rodman also knew how to play the game.

  4. jerdogthompson - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM


    That’s funny bro, really funny. The movie, the movie………on the tip of my tongue.

    STRIPES baby. Yeah. Didn’t even have to look it up. That’s an age tell huh?

  5. iusoutherner - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    You must not be that old then. Try Animal House. Your now on double secret probation!

    • badintent - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      “Remain calm, remain calm , All is well !
      “Dad , this is the boy that molested me”
      “We are gonna die !”
      “Start drinking heavy ”
      You boys are just……….. leaving ”
      Still the greatest movie know to mankind, why did DeNiro have to introduce a heroin dealer to Pluto(jim B ) ? Still miss him.

  6. akmgiants - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    i love javalee mcgee

  7. akmgiants - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    i love javale mcgee

  8. abchome - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I love watching McGee, on Shaqtin a Fool.

  9. bengzki - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Clippers would suit him in where all he had to do is jump, catch the ball, then dunk.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Enough of Karl already Denver isn’t going anywhere with him

  11. Ice Cold 24 @ BI08 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Reblogged this on PG13 @ BI08's NBA Blog and commented:
    A few years ago I was so excited about the potential of JaVale McGee. With his long frame and exceptional athleticism, I just knew that he was a defensive star in the making. Three years later, looks like the only thing JaVale has been the star of is “Shaqtin’ a Fool”

  12. shanelsweet - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    One thing is for certain, Javale isn’t going to be beating himself up if he doesn’t meet other folks expectations and hopes for him. He’s got a life outside of basketball that he loves a lot, and thanks to the kind folks of Denver, he now has a guaranteed fortune with which to enjoy it. In short, he’s not driven to succeed because he feels he already has succeeded. For the folks who are clamoring for Karl to play him 35 minutes a game, you can’t just multiply his minutes by 2 and not expect to get 2X as many foolish plays. How do you think his teammates will feel about seeing that every night? Your team will implode from the “knuckleheadedness” of playing a fool just like what happened with the Wiz. Believe me, you don’t want to see that happen to your team

  13. qdog112 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Karl is a control freak in the true Carolina mold. Like Larry Brown, he wants things done the Carolina way, which too date, hasn’t been too successful. Playing MaGee like a yoyo certainly doesn’t teach him what he need s to learn, nor does it allow him to play long enough to establish himself as a player.

    Sure, he has been immature in some of his actions, but at what point does coaching come in to the equation? I say let the man play long enough to see what he has. Maybe it’s a failure of the coaching staff and not the player.

  14. edwardemanuelson - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    When are teams going to wise up and stop paying unprovens on potential?

  15. memorexbanana - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    And people expected John Wall to be good with Javale Mcgee+Andray Blatche+Nick Young on the team….bahahahahaha

  16. drago2012 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Carlos Boozer for JaVale and two first round picks. Coach Thibs can teach him few things because he is running up and down the sidelines almost running the refs over on every play. You can probably hear Thibs saying to JaVale “No Shaqtin”

  17. murkcity32 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    He’s always been that way and they traded away nene who was a good guy that wanted to stay. They have know one to blame but themselves, its not McGee fooled them. after a horrible season in washington full of bloopers and head scratching plays they traded for the guy and paid him $44 mil. Whos fault is that?

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