JaVale McGee appeared in only one game (for three minutes) during the Western Conference Finals and, as a result, it would have been aggressive to expect the big man to contribute for the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. However, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has a reputation for interesting rotational decisions and, on cue, he inserted McGee into the proceedings for 1:04 in the first half.
While that 64-second stretch did not produce anything memorable, McGee returned to start the second half for Golden State and he didn’t disappoint. The always entertaining center helped to key a 10-3 run at the outset, scoring four points and producing a stunning defensive stop against LeBron James.
From there, though, things went south with haste for McGee in the form of a hilarious mishap at the rim.
Immediately, the reactions poured in from around the basketball world and a few provided the visual evidence.
Still, there was plenty more where that came from, including some potentially sarcastic (though deserved) applause when he exited the game and in-arena chronicles of what the Warriors bench may or may not have been doing.
Then, of course, it was time to get jokes off at an appropriate time.
Not everyone was ready to pile on, though.
McGee was quite effective during his third quarter stint and that shouldn’t be lost. Still, it was perfectly on-brand for him to be involved in a meme-worthy play and this certainly qualified.