WASHINGTON — Please never forget this roster:

screen shot 2017 06 07 at 8 26 36 pm Wizards Fans Are So Sad JaVale McGee Might Win a Ring Before John Wall

(Courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com)

That, of course, is the roster of the 2010-11 Washington Wizards. (Please also never forget that the man who assembled that roster, Ernie Grunfeld, remains in charge of Wizards’ personnel decisions.) It is an all-time bad collection of personalities, the type of locker room environment that is all but guaranteed to derail a young, impressionable star.

John Wall, a lad of barely 20 at the time of that season, somehow emerged relatively unscathed from the likes of Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Jordan Crawford, Andray Blatche and, of course, JaVale McGee.

Wall, the only player from that team to still be on the Wizards roster this season, has grown into one of the league’s premier players and citizens, earning heaps of praise for his on-court feats and off-court excellence.

Arenas is out of the NBA and in the headlines every so often for posting mind-blowingly inappropriate things on social media.

Young played for the Los Angeles Lakers this past season and has had his moments as a role player, but he’s most famous for his ill-fated relationship with rapper Iggy Azalea, his ill-fated tattoo attempts and his ill-fated shots.

Crawford is out of the league.

Blatche is out of the league.

McGee is two wins away from an NBA Championship.

Make no mistake: Even if the Warriors lose this NBA Finals and McGee doesn’t get his ring, it’s still not — to use a word that has no business existing in the first place — fair.

McGee is known more for his appearances on Shaqtin’ a Fool than he is for his basketball skills. And he’s a useful player! But John Wall’s biggest crime since coming into the NBA, at least in the eyes of one hot-take artist sports personality, was dancing when he made his debut.

This has been a virtually predestined reality for months now, not some incredible realization that has just occurred to the masses, but it’s really starting to sink in: JaVale McGee has played in the NBA Finals and John Wall has never even made it to the Conference Finals.

Please never forget life is not fair.

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Comments (2)
  1. Gerry Miller says:

    I am sure that McGee will earn a ring this month. Wall likely will never have such a ring, although he certainly is a good enough player to be an important player on a championship team. Don’t compare McGee to Wall, just because they were both drafted by the same team/GM. Compare Wall to Stephen Curry. That Curry won the MVP award twice for seasons in which he made less money than John Wall did – And he did not complain about money or look into the pockets of Wall or other NBA PGs. That Curry is shooting 49%/44%/93% in this year’s playoffs. Curry’s performance and personality attract big-time free agent talent – Like Kevin Durant, whose addition turned the best team in the NBA West into the best NBA team in at least a decade. Guys like McGee just get lucky to be signed off waivers by Curry’s team, and then they do their part to help Curry grow his legacy.
    As a Wizards fan, I am happy we have John Wall, and I am happy for JaVale McGee.

  2. That is just how it goes in big league ball. Congrats J. M & hope that Wall and Wash. get a shot @ a championship 1 day. Jordan Crawford is in fact in the league: http://www.nba.com/pelicans/roster

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