JaVale McGee has become a cult icon of sorts. Just like Brian Scalabrine, McGee has had a long NBA career and even has a ring to show for it.
And just like the man they called “White Mamba,” Golden State’s backup’s backup center isn’t thought of as much of a contributor as other players are in regards to his team winning that title.
But alas, his name will go down in basketball annals and his cult status will live on in the minds and hearts of Warriors fans everywhere and those who watch NBA on TNT broadcasts.
Believe it or not, his “Shaqtin’ A Fool” MVP helped propel him to stardom. That, and his infamous rat-tail.
New hairstyle coming at ya for the fall of '17: Javale McGee triple rat tail pic.twitter.com/JRLFaSFUOn
— Jack Childress (@Jack_Childress) July 28, 2017
If for whatever reason you aren’t familiar with “Shaqtin’ A Fool,” it’s the segment on TNT’s hit NBA studio show in which Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal hands out awards for humorous or erroneous plays.
Unfortunately for McGee, he’s been featured on the segment a lot. Thirty-three times, in fact.
— Jimmy Farrell (@j_swings567) June 28, 2017
But listen, this really isn’t about how many times McGee has been on “Shaqtin A Fool” because even the King himself, LeBron James has made his way onto Shaq’s awards 10 times.
And,as a native of Michigan, McGee has been very vocal about helping out the residents of Flint during the ongoing water crisis. He also does a lot for youth and his community. He’s well-liked by his teammates, so this isn’t any sort of shade directed at JaVale McGee, the man.