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This is how you describe JaVale McGee if you are an author and researcher who specializes in the circus and have just seen clips of his dunks, via the Denver Post:

Duncan Wall knows circuses. The author studied at the famed Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque in France, then chronicled the experience in his new book, “The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present.”

Wall did not know of JaVale McGee. But after being e-mailed links to a few videos of the high-flying 7-footer, Wall said in a phone interview, “My thought watching him was that he’s kind of a circus unto himself. He is acrobatic in a creative sense. What distinguishes the circus from gymnastics is this idea of creativity. This dude is just very creative with his physicality. He’s able to move in ways you wouldn’t expect him to move. He has this dynamism, especially for a guy that size. It’s like, ‘Wait a minute, he almost doesn’t know how big he is.’

“And he also has a clownish side to him too. You sent me these acrobatic dunks from weird angles, but when you start Googleing him, there’s also video of him throwing the ball away in weird ways or tripping over himself. And he seems to not take himself too seriously. So he’s kind of the circus unto himself, where he’s the star acrobat and also the star clown.” [...]

“In a clownish sense, he doesn’t seem to have complete control of himself,” said Wall, who teaches at the National Circus School of Montreal, considered the Juilliard of circus schools. “Every once in a while he (tries) something completely beyond him, perhaps something you shouldn’t do if you’re above 5-foot-10, and he’d fail miserably — and it’s just comedic. And he kind of stands up and looks around, almost in a clownish way, and is like, ‘What? What do you mean? Why can’t I do that?’”

And this is how you describe JaVale McGee if you’ve played with him for a year and are one of his best friends, also via the Denver Post:

Or, as teammate Kenneth Faried put it, upon hearing McGee describe his medical condition from across the locker room, “I didn’t know you had ADD. I knew something was wrong with you, but I didn’t know it was that.”

Take your pick — unwitting clown or worse than AD(H)D. Either way, you’re getting the full JaVale McGee experience. Just don’t combine the two, unless you want to deal with a hyperactive clown. And after imagining Chris Andersen in angry clown makeup, no thank you.