Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  29 responses

JaVale McGee’s Mother: ‘My Son is the Future of the NBA’

The last time many of us paid any mind to JaVale McGee’s mom, she was smooching Dr. J during the Dunk Contest. This time, she gives a fascinating interview to the WaPo about her son: “He is not a knucklehead,’ Pamela McGee says. ‘JaVale is a good kid. My son is special. He has gifts you can’t teach: hands, height and heart. If I’m the Wizards and I’m really trying to build a franchise, really committed to rebuilding and developing, I would nurture that talent. I would help a kid like JaVale the best I could.’ When McGee felt the need to lob the ball off the backboard for a look-at-me dunk in a loss on Monday instead of just routinely depositing the ball through the rim on a breakaway, he became the latest flashpoint for the Team That Doesn’t Get It. [...] ‘I know people are making a big deal of that play,’ she says. ‘Look, JaVale does that to break up the monotony. Wouldn’t you if you were losing like this? He’s been here for four years and it’s been same ol’, same ol’. I don’t want him to get institutionalized to losing. My son is the future of the NBA. I don’t want him to be part of this culture of losing forever …. ‘The one thing I never did as a coach, never not once in my career, was throw my players under a bus,’ she said angrily in a clear reference to Flip Saunders’s criticism of McGee’s play earlier this week. ‘If I had a problem, I would take that player in the locker room and would let them know and we would work it out. I would never throw my player under the bus … One game, he goes in for 20 minutes; the next almost 40 minutes,’ she says. ‘Sometimes he can’t even get into a flow, they’re yanking him in and out so much.’”

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  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I totally disagree with her. Her son is the “present” of the NBA. Guys more into being “flashy” and being featured on ESPN highlights than winning and improving their skills.

  • rich

    Its a players job to make sure he gets better in the future he could have went and saw hakeem like so many other players have. I dont know why flip Saunders has a job but at some point development is an individual task/

  • michael

    He’s a bum… His talent isn’t the talk of the NBA. Face it, your only lying to yourself

  • startown

    I think he has great upside, I know the Wolves tried to get him last year, but I am sure the asking price is very high right now. Maybe he is off limits?

  • Ryan D.

    Momma says….

  • jake

    In other news, momma his been institutionalized for making too many crazy comments.

  • Fat Lever

    Yea, it’s always someone else’s fault. Nice job passing the buck. Maybe you should do a better job of teaching JaVale how to carry himself more appropriately and using his energy in a positive manner. She’s right, the talent is there, but if he’s been a part of the team for 4 years and hasn’t done much to change the culture of losing, who’s fault is that?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Maybe she means he is the Future of the NBA, as in he is as bad as the rapper Future.

  • Riggs

    He’s talented, but he’s a freaking knucklehead. He needs veteran leadership, or someone to smack him on the back of the head.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    I dont agree with the whole future of the NBA thing unless Durant, Rose, Rondo, Blake Griffin and guys of that caliber all decide to retire tonight. I do agree with her view of dealing with issues internally though. Probably wasn’t the best way to finish the fast break tho giving the circumstances the Wizards are in,BUT if Blake Griffin did this last year when the Clippers werent a playoff contender, he would’ve been on the Top 10 for 3 weeks.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    She’s just doing what every mom would do. I’m sure all of our moms had something to say about about our coach and our playing time when things didn’t go right. Only difference is our moms didn’t play professional basketball nor share the most passionate kiss on an NBA court since Magic and Isaiah . . .

  • Fat Lever

    What this reminded me of for some reason…”Who are the 5 best rappers of all time? Think about it…Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, and Dylan. Think about it, because I spit hot fiyah”

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I would take Javale over Cousins.

  • JR

    His mom sounds so well spoken. Very surprising considering, well, it’s Javale McGee’s mom.


    loooooooooooooooooool. come on mommy the entire world knows javale is knuckehead with talent. the 4th best center in the league behind dwight bynum and bogut no joke

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    My mom also thought I would be the next Gallagher and look how well that turned out.

  • Darren

    My mom says that no one comments on basketball related news better than me….

  • RunNGun

    If only his BBIQ wasn’t so low…

  • Bt

    She was write about Needing to do the criticism in the locker room not throwing h under a bus through the media (that includes you john wall, who is also not the future of the NBA)

  • Wiltmj23

    Where dey do dat at?

  • Zack

    I didn’t even read the article. Hard to read when you laugh so hard you cry at the headline. Jesus.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I cant go in, every parent should have high expectations.

  • DerekG

    Did anybody else read the title of this and laugh out loud or was it just me? Javale’s mom is off her rocker!

  • Heals

    May rub some the wrong way, BUT this is what happens when Mom is a son’s #1 fan. Dad’s bring that criticism after a “great” game, tells you those things. I know she was a helluva hooper, but this is just my opinion. If dad isn’t in the picture (I’m not sure so I don’t want to speak what I know not on that tip) this makes sense. I know, I know there are always exceptions so if I had to put in PC terms; it’s not that all kids getting praise from Mom (single parent, or dad not in he mix for games) turn out this way, but the likelihood of it happening is greatly increased. JMac is gifted as is and his potential is thru the roof, but when he’s hearing “That’s my boy” after every athletic play (as opposed to skill plays) it breeds a swagger/self-loving attitude that he often portrays…

  • ronny123

    what a lalalalalalala….

  • Chukaz

    She’s gotta get real. She’s part of the problem. He doesn’t need people enabling him. Did it ever cross her mind that Flip was trying to embarrass her son because talking to him in private has done nothing? Who cares if he’s got good hands, hop, height, and length? He’s doing nothing with those things. He’s the league’s 10th best center. On a 4 1/2 Center league!!! Howard, Bynum, Bogut, Jordan, and Brook Lopez’s offense (that’s the half). Jordan’s got all those things that McGee has, difference is he put them to good use and became a force on defense and not a total liability on offense thru his energy. Howard’s hands aren’t as big, he’s not as long or tall, and doesn’t jump as much as McGee, but Howard worked hard and became the best center in the league. If he doesn’t get his sh*t straight he’s gonna be the 7 foot version of Gerald Green

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    I can’t believe anyone is still talking about that dunk. Again: A WIZARD SCORED A BASKET, DON”T COMPLAIN.

  • Allenp

    If you think Javale hasn’t improved you haven’t been paging attention and your opinion is void.

  • Stickz

    She was right about one thing: The Wizards have not done a good job nurturing the talent.If you look at every team that gets a young, raw center, they have hired an assistant specifically to nurture that player. The Magic hired Ewing, the Rockets brought in Hakeem, and the Lakers brought in Kareem. Hell, even the Clips brought in Kareem to work with Michael Olowakandi and Keith Closs. Keith Closs! Centers need more instruction than any other position, but the rewards can be staggering.