A Dunk Too Far? Coach, Center at Odds Over Monster Slam
WASHINGTON — It’s not often that a slam dunk puts you into your coach’s dog house, but that’s precisely what happened to Washington Wizards center Javale McGee on Monday night.
Getting the ball on a fast-break following a turnover in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets, McGee tossed the ball off the backboard and did a poster-worthy two-handed slam dunk, cutting the Rockets lead to two points.
But Wizards head coach Flip Saunders was not at all impressed, saying that it showed that some of his players are looking for highlights over substance, reports SB Nation.
“I told him that’s unacceptable,” Saunders said following the game, a 114-106 loss. “Maybe I’m too old-school, but you see that and the lobbying for the All-Star Game, that right there is where we have to get to where we identify with meat and potato basketball. Playing hard, setting screens, playing the right way, and not highlight-type play. We’ve said this many times. We have some players that look for highlights instead of substance.”
Saunders pulled McGee following the dunk, only letting him back in during the closing moments of the game.
McGee says that he wasn’t sure what he did wrong.
“I felt like I was trying to get the team hyped and trying to make a good play, so I felt like we did that, and we went on a run from there,” said McGee.
The Wizards are now a league-worst 1-12.