Reality Series – Mom’s Got Game

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JaVale McGee and his mother Pamela are getting their very own reality-TV series, as if they hadn’t done enough to entertain basketball fans already.

The Hollywood Reporter reports on a new slate of programming from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, including a show that should interest every last NBA fan out there.

Millionaire Mama’s Boy follows the relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee.

There is already so much reality-TV flotsam filling the air at the moment, it was only a matter of time before we happened upon a series that really matters, one that will change the very fabric of television history. Casinoscapital games guide – best online gambling portal.

Or it will just make us chuckle a few times every week. Either way, I am throwing every last chip on the table, because I am all in on this one.

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JaVale McGee’s van in Flint Michigan

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FLINT, MI – There’s a 12-passenger, black van rolling around the city of Flint, that’s usually full of young kids. Stamped on both sides of the vehicle is a familiar face.

It’s hard to miss.

It displays images of Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee, a Flint-born talent.

His long arms are outstretched, palming two basketballs on the driver’s side of the van – like the famed Michael Jordan “Wings” poster — and on the passenger’s side the usual goofball holds a serious expression. If you’re parked behind it, you’ll recognize his seven-foot stature snapped in a picture with a bunch of kids on the back of the van.

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Everyone loves a good “Lazy Crazy” JaVale McGee highlight dunk. What makes this one so great you ask?...

JaVale McGee: Tattoo Mustache…

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Written By: Frankie Buckets | January 24, 2013

Everyone loves a good “Lazy Crazy” JaVale McGee highlight dunk.
What makes this one so great you ask?

Four things…
1. McGee, actually made an NBA caliber up and under move to deke Omer Asik out of his Nike’s.

2. Following that almost textbook up and under move, he jacks up a brick of a shot that has no chance of going in.

3. He follows his shot (a good basketball thing to do) only to catch the rebound and throw it down for two points.

4. After a completely improbable play that turned out better than one might have thought, he does this to celebrate.

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The only question I have left is, did he intentionally throw it off the backboard to himself? With JaVale, being “JaVale”,
I don’t have a clue….. I’ll let you decide for yourself…
JaVale McGee continues to be a delight. A normal basketball player, after fooling Omer Asik with a savvy pump fake...

JaVale McGee Throws Himself…

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JaVale McGee continues to be a delight. A normal basketball player, after fooling Omer Asik with a savvy pump fake, would have finished this play with a simple step-through move and a gentle layup. But JaVale McGee is not a normal basketball player, and so the fact that he decided to throw himself an alley-oop off the backboard is not surprising. Neither is the fact that he decided to celebrate his feat by making a holy-shit-that-just-happened face and holding his fingerstache tattoo up to his lip. At this point, nothing crazy that McGee does is surprising, and we love him for that.

Why We Watch: JaVale McGee, The Unexplainable

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If it seems like JaVale McGee is playing a different type of basketball than everyone else in the NBA, it’s because he is. He’s playing it the way he sees it.



In 1974, the philosopher Thomas Nagel wrote a groundbreaking essay, “What Is It Like To Be Bat.” He argued that the very difficulty of answering the question suggests that there must be something irreducibly extra-physical that generates the mental experience of being like something, which we call consciousness for short. Nagel’s argument, in brief, was that theories of the mind that tried to explain conscious experience as something reducible to different physical states of the brain (more or less), could not account for the feeling of being a conscious being. Nagel challenges the reader to think about bats, or more specifically, to think about being a bat. You could—and you might as well, there are worse hobbies—learn all there is to know about the physical laws governing a bat’s cognition, the circuitry of the bat-brain, the function of the bat’s sensory systems. But for all that knowledge, you will still be none the wiser when it comes to understanding the qualitative experience of batness.

This all relates to JaVale McGee not simply because both he and bats are comfortable off the ground and broadly uncanny, although there’s that. It’s more that JaVale McGee presents a similar philosophical challenge: what might it be like to be JaVale McGee, to move around in that body, with that mind?

Granted, figuring out what it’s like to be seven feet tall — with arms that stretch another half a foot beyond that and a 32-inch vertical leap and an avant-garde brain—might be as difficult as imagining navigating through a dark cave with echolocation. It doesn’t necessarily help that the results of JaVale’s cognition can appear just as confounding and foreign. Running back on defense when your point guard is dribbling at the top of the key? Apparent innocent ignorance of the rules governing goaltending? You don’t need Andre Miller’s basketball IQ or Shane Battier’s extra-numerate savvy to figure that stuff out, right? And the details of McGee’s biography, while interesting, are not particularly useful in explaining the mystery of JaValeness; if anything, his family’s basketball-heavy bloodlines should have selected against just this airy cluelessness.

But none of that, really, explains how JaVale McGee is JaVale Mcgee. He is his own creation, and lives in his own space in his own way. At times, it’s not clear that he quite knows what it’s like to be JaVale McGee, himself.

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Nuggets center JaVale McGee has been working with Olajuwon on his game, and the Hall of Famer has some....

Hakeem Olajuwon’s Expectations…

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Written By: Matt Moore| August 17, 2012

While Amar’e Stoudemire was getting all the digital ink about working out with Hakeem Olajuwon, very quietly, another big man slipped into the gym in Houston with the Dream this week. Nuggets center JaVale McGee has been working with Olajuwon on his game, and the Hall of Famer has some, ahem, pretty lofty praise for the youngster. From Fox Sports Houston: “No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “That guy should dominate the league.

“He has tremendous talent. I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level.”

“McGee is incredible because he’s not just a seven-footer, he’s skilled,” Olajuwon said. “He’s very agile. “Most of my moves are designed from a shot-blockers perspective. I am a shot blocker. What are the moves most difficult for a shot blocker? I’m coming from inside out. This move is very difficult for a shot blocker to block.”

“The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy,” Olajuwon said. “With him he’s agile. The move flows. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year.”

That “he should dominate” quote is what caught headlines, but the actual analysis that Olajuwon gave Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri should be just as big of a story. Ujiri appeared on104.3FM The Fan in Denver on Tuesday to talk about the Nuggets’ trade for Iguodala, and went into detail of what exactly Hakeem said McGee’s assets were.

“Hakeem told me he was just amazed at JaVale’s physical abilities and his athletic abilities,” Ujiri said. “How long he is, how quick his feet are. I saw him working on keeping his feet away from each other and not tangling. Just little things that you take for granted. He worked high on his jump hook and on getting his lift very high when he does that. He told him nobody can stop him, nobody is as big as him if he gets his lift and his hand up. There’s so many things Hakeem is teaching him, and we’re very pleased with his work.”

The jump hook element is paticularly of note. McGee has few consistent offensive moves. If he can develop even two sets of moves, it would bring a big adjustment.

But offense isn’t where he needs to improve the most work. McGee has to get better at his rotation defense, which is vastly different and faster than it was when the Dream was patrolling the paint. If Olajuwon can help him there, that would make the Nuggets a vastly improved team along with the addition of Iguodala. Even a small improvement would reap big benefits.

For now, though, maybe we should tone it down from “dominate” to just “make an impact that isn’t ridiculous.