2011: JaVale McGee gets a “terrible triple double” vs the Bulls (11pts/12rebs/12blks)
If Shaqtin’ a Fool was around in 2011, then Shaqtin’ a Fool legend JaVale McGee would have been on it for this impressive, but tainted, triple double against the Chicago Bulls. As impressive as 12 blocks is and a final stat line of 11, 12 and 12, Kevin McHale called it “terrible” and a “bad triple double” during the NBA TV broadcast.
Why you ask?
Like most memorable triple doubles in the hall of shame – Ricky Davis or Andray Blatche come to mind – JaVale just needed another digit in the final minutes to reach the accomplishment. So he acted like it was game 7 of the NBA finals instead of being down by 19 in a regular season game and started putting up some awful shots. When he finally scored and accomplished the triple-double with 19 seconds left in the game, he also got a tech for celebrating and doing a pull up on the rim.
“I got a triple-double. Who can say they got a triple-double? I’m not really worried about it.” said a defensive McGee after the game.
Well, a lot of players can say that although not many can say they had 12 blocks. The 12 was the most since Keon Clark did it 10 years before McGee did. And in the 90s, Shaq had 15 blocks to go with a ridiculous 24 points and 28 rebounds…in just 36 minutes…with the cold! Who else can say that?