Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/15/13
For all the colorful players that have come through Washington in recent years none wears the title of knucklehead better than JaVale McGee does. There are scores of YouTube videos depicting the big man's ill-advised forays with the basketball and his own random comments about who knows what. NBA analysts have also piled on. Everything together has led to well JaVale you tell us. “People around the NBA really think that I’m dumb or stupid” McGee told NBA.com. “But people that know me know that I’m actually very intelligent. It doesn’t affect me at all.” Intelligence can come out in many different ways. Apparently former Denver coach George Karl didn't recognize it from a basketball standpoint seeing as he played the ex-Wizard only 18.1 minutes per game last season even after the Nuggets signed the agile 7-foot center to $44 million extension. According to reports Karl's limited use of McGee had at least some part in management firing the longtime coach who was named 2013 NBA Coach of the Year. In 79 games McGee averaged 9.1 points 4.8 rebounds and was among the league leaders with 2.0 blocks. Former Pacers and Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw replaced Karl in Denver and overtakes what isn't exactly a rebuild but is certainly a new looking roster. Along with Karl the Nuggets no longer have Olympian Andre Iguodola who signed a hefty free agent deal with Golden State or key reserve Corey Brewer. Point guard and D.C. area native Ty Lawson is still around to the run the offense. Energy forward Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari man the frontcourt while free agent Nate Robinson joins Lawson and fellow guard Andre Miller.
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