Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  20 responses

JaVale McGee Was ‘Shocked’ the Washington Wizards Traded Him

JaVale McGee did not expect to be shipped from DC to Denver this season, as the Trade Deadline move came as a total shocker. The big man does sound happier in Colorado, though. From Hoopsworld: “I was sleeping, taking my pregame nap,’ McGee said. ‘When I woke up, I found out that I had been traded. I had a bunch of text messages from different people and I talked to the team. I was shocked. I just asked, ‘When do I leave?’ [...] McGee is enjoying the experience in Denver, where the team expects to win every night and compete come playoff time. ‘This is a great organization,’ McGee said. ‘There are a lot of hard working people here and this organization gives their players everything they need.’ McGee has been productive since joining the Nuggets, averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks through seven games. He insists his best games have yet to come since he’s still adjusting to the new situation. It’s difficult to play with new teammates in a new system under a new coaching staff, especially in a condensed season with limited practice time. Playing in Denver also means that McGee has to adjust to the altitude, which is easier said than done since he has exercise-induced asthma. McGee is on medication and uses an inhaler frequently. ‘The only real adjustment for me has been the altitude,’ McGee said. ‘That’s the only thing and it wasn’t really that tough to get used to. It was hard during my first game, but after that I was good.’ [...] While the trade initially caught him off guard, he’s in a better situation now. The losing and negativity is behind him. Instead, McGee is several weeks away from making his postseason debut. ‘It’s definitely a different atmosphere,’ McGee said. ‘It’s a better atmosphere here.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dude will flourish in the right environment, he’s a solid player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I enter every Javale McGhee related post hoping for a screen shot of Pam McGhee. Sigh, disappointed again.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    also, the second post is NOT Wayno!!!

  • Ismael

    they traded you coz your stupid.

  • satchow

    JaVale, did you see this trade coming after being benched repeatedly for lack of basketball fundamentals, saying you deserve $14M/year salary once you’re a free agent and making the ‘Not Top 10′ on a regular basis?

    JaVale: Can’t say I do.

  • ALD

    ismael you mad son???

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I’m shocked that he was shocked.

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    JaVale was also shocked he wasn’t worth at least a Lebron James or a Dwyane Wade.

  • Robert

    “When do I leave?” would be anyone’s reaction when traded from the Wizards.

  • Sizzle

    In other news, Americans awoke Wednesday morning in shock of rising gas prices.

  • ab40

    Wow sizzle overhere we’re paying upto 1.92 euro per liter. So that would mean almost 8 dollars per gallon. Stop your whining. McGee is still an idiot and will add grey hairs to george karl his already grey coupe.

  • bike

    JaVale was dreaming about going to Denver during his pregame nap. When he woke and found out he was really getting traded he was at first confused. Now JaVale believes in miracles.

  • bigA

    1.92 per liter… where is that?
    here in germany we are at 1.70


    All G. Hatas lay down & stay down!

  • dandruff dog

    pam mcgee is a chodesmoker

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    . Javale was shocked to learn that it wasn’t always snowing in Denver.

  • abaci

    well that makes one of us

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    bike FTW

  • Ash

    Javale will be great with the Denver Nuggets. I’m intrested to see how well he plays next year.

  • IamYOU

    Was he shocked that he’s playing in the NBA?