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JaVale McGee says he has ‘selective memory’ regarding his time with the Wizards

Feb 23, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet AP

The Nuggets played the Wizards in D.C. on Friday, marking JaVale McGee‘s first time back in the District basketball-wise since being traded to the Nuggets before the start of the season.

Washington beat Denver 119-113, and McGee finished with nine points, four rebounds, no turnovers, and two blocked shots in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s now an an important player on a winning team, as head coach George Karl said afterward, but was known as a bit of a joke during his first few years in the league with the Wizards.

It’s not surprising, then, that McGee wasn’t exactly feeling warm and fuzzy about returning to Washington to play against his former team.

From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post:

McGee received a smattering of boos, and some cheers, when he came off the Nuggets’ bench. He is known for a variety of things in Washington — potential, bonehead plays, highlight-reel plays and losing. He opened up a little more, saying in the losing team’s locker room: “It really wasn’t emotional at all. For some reason I have a selective memory, so I remember stuff I want to remember. So it wasn’t like I was having flashbacks, stuff like that. It wasn’t really that special to me.”

It’s hard to blame him for feeling this way.

McGee has developed into a serviceable big off the bench, and while he still makes some of those plays that make you want to bang your head against the wall because the decision-making process required to get there at times seems unconscionable, he’s flourishing with the Nuggets, whereas he was simply flailing with the Wizards.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    The Whizzzz are a blackhole right now. I would want to black that out too.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Actually, the Wizards have played pretty well lately. They’re 6-4 in their last 10. They’ve looked fairly decent since Wall came back.

      • saint1997 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        very true, the Wiz have shown a lot of promise for the future especially if they can lock down centre (Nerlens Noel) in this year’s draft and small forward (Wiggins, Parker) next year

    • dko83 - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      You couldn’t be more wrong. They’ve (surprisingly) beat just about every top team in the league, look it up. Also their defense, yes I said defense.., is somewhere around 7-9 in the NBA. I’d say they may be on to something. They’ll get better too. A healthy Wall for a full season will mean a lot to them.

  2. rockthered1286 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    The reason he struggled in the District was simply because he’s a bench guy who was thrust into a starting role. Even Carl knows it- McGee is too mistake-prone and immature. He cannot handle being a starter. He’s good not great. And knowing his foolish self, he would’ve been telling reporters how he enjoyed his time in DC before moving on and talked it up without hesitation IF they won. Getting swept in the season series by your former team (one that the Nuggets SHOULD have beaten based on their level of talent) will make a childish McGee bitter.

  3. psung26 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    JaVale McGee, memory issues?? Ya don’t say…………

  4. watermelon1 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    How could anything this guy does make you feel strongly enough to bang your head against a wall?!?

    Call down, grab a drink, and enjoy the show! This guy is fun to watch whether it’s his highlights or bloopers.

    It’s hilarious, and made for TV! Don’t get frustrated… Just thank the guy for giving us plenty of laughs!

  5. davincizsp - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Saw this guy regularly in Shaqtinafool…

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