The Washington Times - April 20, 2011, 10:42AM

The Wizards 7-foot center became a household name after participating in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest this year, and showed off his ball handling skills by dunking two balls at once, and then three. McGee came in second though, as L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out all the stops by dunking over the hood of a car.

But McGee has a few dunk highlight reels of his own, and is a proven shot blocker with a fierce and powerful style that can send a ball into the second row. Before leaving for the summer, McGee shared a few of his final thoughts on the season, and began to channel not only his inner point guard, but his inner comedian as well.


On what he’ll work on this summer:

“Just getting better, getting bigger, and getting faster. [I’m] working on getting in better condition. I definitely progressed during the season and I feel like next year it’s going to be bigger and better things.”

On making the playoffs:

“We won like 16 games [at the end of the season] and we weren’t playing for anything, but we were still playing hard, so I feel like we have a group that has chemistry now, and I feel like we’re going to come back next year with a chip on our shoulders.”

On the impending lockout:

“I’m definitely hoping there’s not a lockout, but if there is, everybody’s got to stay in shape and be ready for the lockout to end. I wasn’t in the NBA [during ] the last lockout, and I heard that they’re going to like try to cram games in, like back to back to back and stuff like that so we’re definitely going to have to be very, very, very much in shape.

On saving money:

“I’ve been real, real cheap. Four dollars for gas? What’s going on in the world today?”

On his off-season plans:

“Just trying to get in the best condition I can get in and definitely work on my post moves and try to work on gaining muscle, not fat.”

On his tendency to play point guard:

“I wasn’t always 7-feet tall.”

On his NBA finals predictions:

“Somebody’s going to win. I like the Wizards, but they’re not in the playoffs.”

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