From “Shaqtin’ a Idiot” to the Olympic video games. That is fairly the glow up.
Make no mistake, if Workforce 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 reviews.
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, typically, being an unfairly meme’d participant within the Affiliation, was named to Workforce 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 decide that raised some eyebrows. Each McGee and Johnson are making their first Olympic look as a part of Workforce USA.
Some folks questioned the number of McGee and Johnson moderately 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 group in 2020 with the Lakers.
After all, McGee is one in every of NBA fan bases’ most chosen targets, and followers took to Twitter to query head coach Gregg Popovich — and throw down some dunks on the number of McGee (Editor’s be aware: Some NSFW language in tweets beneath):
Count on Shaq to be throughout this information shortly.