After being on highlight reels for the wrong reasons and mocked by the chattering class for befuddling moment after another this season, it's fair to say the 2012 postseason saw the redemption of JaVale McGee.Yes, his Denver Nuggets ultimately fell to the favored Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, but the erudite 7-footer's play was lauded throughout the series - and rightfully so. McGee flashed the best of his athleticassets (9.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 26 minutes per game) while often getting the best of Lakers all-star center Andrew Bynum defensively and keeping his own offensive game in check (7.6 shots per game, compared to 9.8 attempts with the Wizards).Throughout the regular season Charles Barkley and Kenny Smithpiata-ed McGee's faulty instinctive ways the way the late-night comics mock politicians. In this postseason, the TNT crew praised the soon-to-be-restricted free agent'sgame and hustle so much that McGee'sagent is surely putting together a top-10 plaudits list he will pass out to every potential suitor. McGee's mother Pam now has many options for her outgoing answering machine message rotation.It was indeed a series where the best of JaVale shined and there was no sign of the wacky Pierre. In a few weeks, some NBA decision maker on the Nuggets or another team, based on these seven games (or atleast McGee'spost-Wizards' world)will deliver a Teddy KGB-like mantra.Wallets will be opened; McGee will be paid, handsomely. Which version will that team get? That remains the 14 million a year question. No matter the outcome, the Wizards can breathe easy; under different circumstances McGee might have become the franchise's dreamy center, but the actual scenario with him, his cinnamon twin and the "captain" leading the way was toxic. No matter the outcome - winning basketball or head scratching hoops - you can bet the result will be entertaining.Behind their bench production, the Los Angeles Clippers came through on the road in Game 7 at Memphis Sunday and advanced to the second round. The Clipper's reserves outscored their counterparts 41-11. Who led the way? Nick Young, with eight of his 13 points coming in the decisive fourth quarter.Ben Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,follow him on Twitter @BenStandigand catch his musingsat the D.C. Sportalist.
Wizards in Exile: McGee's money postseason
May 14, 2012, 1:40 pm