Saturday 17 March 2018 / 04:58 PM


The news, or lack thereof, about Javale McGee going to train with the Golden State Warriors makes him seem like he isn’t one of the biggest threats.

After big man Mo Speights left Golden State and signed a deal with the Clippers, the Warriors were suddenly looking for a replacement center, or at least someone to add some size to the bench.

McGee was made a laughing stock by the Inside the NBA’s basketball blooper reel Shaqtin’ a Fool.

Javale described his relationship with Shaq as, “A bully…that likes me I guess?”

But Shaq made it clear that it’s all out of love: “All the type of stuff that you used to do, I used to do back in the day. We love you brother. I know we make fun of you a lot, but we love the way you play. But every time you mess up, you know what you’re gonna be on baby. Shaqtin’ a Fool. Gotta get you.”

Either way, a center’s reputation is very important and some damage has been done to McGee’s.

Although his basketball IQ has come into question, McGee’s athleticism is something no one can deny. McGee is not only 7 feet tall, but he’s one of the most athletic 7-footers in the game. He had the record for the largest documented arm-span of any current NBA player (7 ft 6.5 in), until the Nuggets drafted Rudy Gobert (7 ft 8.5 in) in 2013.

By athletic, we mean this guy can dunk on two rims with two balls at the same time.

And also dunk three basketballs into the same rim at the same time.

I mean, look at this highlight reel and you’ll get the point.

Javale can grab a shot out of the air with one hand, or send it to the third row in the stands if he wanted to.

Javale, who has played for the Wizards, Nuggets, 76ers and Mavericks since being drafted No.18 overall in the 2008 Draft, has basketball entwined in his DNA. His father is 6’10 George Montgomery and was a second round draft pick by the Portland Trailblazers in 1985. His mother is the USC legend and WNBA star for the Los Angeles Parks and Sacramento Monarchs, Pamela McGee. This makes McGee the first son of a WNBA player to play in the NBA.

Should Javale decide to play for Golden State, he would back up starting center Zaza Pachulia, along with Anderson Varejao and David West. Let’s keep in mind Javale is only 28 years old.

The way Golden State is stacked this year with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, it is likely that even a spot on the bench would mean a ring in the near future. The value of a ring, especially for a center, is extraordinary. Look at Timofey Mozgov, who now has a fouryear, $64 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after spending the 2016 Finals watching the Cavs win from the bench.

Although Javale was last making $12 million a year playing for the Dallas Mavericks, he will likely have to take a huge salary cut to play for the Warriors.

So is it worth it? Cut your salary to a fraction and spend a year on the bench to have the best odds in the NBA to win a championship? I think Javale has much more potential than to stay on the bench, but he is still relatively young.

To win a championship at 29 guarantees him the freedom to play virtually wherever he wants for the remainder of the career without the pressure of having to win a championship before he retires – and playing with the likes of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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