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 McGee after the game.
Well, a lot of players can say that although not many can say they had 12 blocks in a single game. 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?