We’ve all heard stories or seen movies or been the kid whose mom complains to the coach that their special boy isn’t getting enough playing time. It’s a classic kid-getting-embarrassed situation. Totally the worst.
Now imagine you’re a professional athlete and your mom complains to the press that everyone hates you. Ugh. No thanks.
So you have to wonder how JaVale McGee is feeling right now. From the Washington Post:
“He is not a knucklehead,” Pamela McGee says, sitting behind the basket an hour before her son, JaVale, and the Wizards would stun Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on their best night of the season — albeit the worst start to a season in franchise history. “JaVale is a good kid. My son is special. He has gifts you can’t teach: hands, height and heart. If I’m the Wizards and I’m really trying to build a franchise, really committed to rebuilding and developing, I would nurture that talent. I would help a kid like JaVale the best I could.”
That’s not bad. I agree with all this, even though he is kind of a knucklehead, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Why wouldn’t the Wizards be trying to help McGee as much as they can? He’s a young, athletic big man and that’s something every team wants. The Wizards should nurture that. Good point, moms.
This though? This is embarrassing.
“I know people are making a big deal of that play,” she says. “Look, JaVale does that to break up the monotony. Wouldn’t you if you were losing like this? He’s been here for four years and it’s been same ol’, same ol’. I don’t want him to get institutionalized to losing. My son is the future of the NBA. I don’t want him to be part of this culture of losing forever.”
Which is harder to read — “my son is the future of the NBA” or “I don’t want him to be part of this culture of losing forever?” Both are pretty cringey. I get what she’s trying to say about wanting him to win games, but that really doesn’t come off very well. Nor does calling him the future, which is now a hilarious nickname for JaVale McGee.
Moms man, always wanting the best for their sons. She makes a bunch of good points — a legendary big man coach would help, he does a decent job of scoring without getting plays ran for him, JaVale certainly has talents — but they kind of get lost in the “future of the NBA,” “culture of losing,” and “he’s not a knucklehead” parts. Had to expect that to happen though.
When reached for comment, JaVale McGee probably said: “Awwww, mom! Come on. Why’d you have to say that? UUUUGGGHHHH. What were you THINKING? Not cool, mom. Not. Cool.”