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JaVale McGee, outspoken mother to get reality show

Apr 4, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

JaVale McGee AP

You wanted more JaVale McGee, you got him.

McGee is one of the NBA’s best athletes but is as capable of making a head-scratching decision on the court as he is making your jaw drop with this athleticism. His mother — a former college player at USC — is an outspoken defender of her son. McGee can stand is own ground, too.

So, that makes a television show for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), according the Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to for finding that.

McGee became synonymous with some of the problems with the Washington Wizards in past seasons — that was a team with a lot of talent and an unprofessional locker room. It’s part of the reason McGee was traded to the Nuggets, where even coach George Karl said, “He’s got to understand that lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work.” However his teammates like Andre Iguodala has got his back.

McGee with his mother could make good television, JP Finlay says at He explains why.

Pamela McGee made news in D.C. when JaVale played for the Wizards by defending her son’s actions on and off the court…. The term “knucklehead” became synonymous with those Wizards teams, to the point where Pamela McGee spoke with Washington Post columnist Mike Wise to defend her son and tell the world JaVale “is not a knucklehead.”

In reply, Charles Barkley was quoted at the time saying, “I’m so disappointed in JaVale McGee. He has not gotten better as a player. Now, he’s just doing stupid stuff. When your mom has to tell people you’re not a knucklehead, you probably are a knucklehead.”

That sounds like a reality show to me.

  1. Distinguished Male - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Oh my. I can see this actually being entertaining though. His momma is a personality, and he’s just a big man child. A goofball with a great sense of humor and he knows how to make fun of himself.

    My only worry is that it distracts his easily distracted self even more. Hopefully all the shooting is done in the offseason.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      I thought Wendy Williams already had a show?????

  2. eugenesaxe - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Just when you think TV can’t get any worse…

  3. willcoop62 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    If this kid only had his Dad George’s work ethic and basketball IQ he would dominate the post position for years. How many legit 7 footers can run like a deer and jump like Shawn Kemp. Wasting his talent. When I evaluated him in college he was the one kid that I thought could dominate the NBA, but also needed to stay in school for all four years.

    • broncobeta - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      How’s that scouting job working out for you?

  4. edwardemanuelson - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Shaqtin’ A McGee ?

  5. kb2408 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    His mama was fine back in the day!

  6. northstarnic - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM


  7. badintent - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    His mom needs to starting working out or jump on Weight Watchers or both. Can’t put her on USC team with that back.Call Jennifer Hudson’s lipo surgeon. Karl knows what he’s doing with JaVale.

    • kinggw - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Are you kidding, she looks amazing for a 50 year old woman.

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