Even though JaVale McGee had one of the best games of his career during the most important game of his career on Tuesday night against the Lakers, the most lasting image of that game is another classic McGee moment. Seconds after being told by Craig Sager to “hold on to that game ball,” JaVale wanders away and tosses said ball in to the Staples Center stands, completely ignoring the sound advice he’d just got from Sager. It was vintage JaVale — completely unexplained and very silly.
The amazing thing about it — though not entirely surprising — is that he was throwing the ball to his mom, who has rapidly become everyone’s favorite McGee. And even more amazing, is that the bomb landed right in his mom’s hands. From JaVale’s Twitter:
Had the game ball after the game and thru it up to moms and the fam in the stands… I tebowed it right on target lol
Lest you think it’s a joke, JaVale updated the Denver quarterback analogy for today’s Denver Post:
“It was like Peyton Manning. It was right on target,” McGee said of the ball his mom caught. “I had to really put a spiral on it.”
We live in a world where there are more cellphones than humans and a lot of those cellphones have video cameras, so there has to be video of this somewhere. We need to see it. For all of JaVale McGee’s lowlights and head-scratching plays, if we get a chance to peep him throwing a ball deep in to the stands right to his mom who catches the ball and then mean mugs like she’s in an early-2000s Cash Money Records video, all is forgiven. Something like that could win every ESPY in existence. Please upload this.
Even if we never get to see the other end of the ball-tossing footage, I’m choosing to believe this story is true. It makes sense that he would keep a playoff game ball, and he’s going to the trouble to recontextualize his throw’s accuracy by upgrading from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, then it has to be the truth. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Prove me wrong, internet.