JaVale McGee Explains Why He’s So Excited To Play In Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Lakers entered this summer with a big need at center, especially because Brook Lopez ended up leaving the team in free agency. So once the team was able to secure a signature from LeBron James, the Lakers decided to beef up their frontcourt by signing JaVale McGee away from the Golden State Warriors. McGee spent two years with Golden State, winning a pair of rings and adding depth off the bench.

There’s no word on whether McGee will be expected to start and play heavy minutes or have a similar role to what was asked of him with the Warriors — play a handful of minutes each game, protect the rim, and catch lobs when thrown in his direction. But one thing is for sure: McGee really cannot wait to be a member of the Lakers.

This was evident in a video the Lakers put out in which McGee spoke about his mother, Pamela, who played her college ball at USC and spent one year as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks during her professional career.


“Playing in L.A. means so much to me, just because my mother played for USC and also the L.A. Sparks,” McGee said. “That’s kind of crazy that I’ll play for the Lakers and she played for the Sparks, and we’re already the first son and mother to play in the NBA and WNBA.”

McGee joining the Lakers made some sense for both sides. While the Lakers needed a big man, McGee is really excited to play in a city with such a strong tie to his family, which is always cool.

(Via Silver Screen and Roll)