Javale McGee's mom's notes
If you were watching the Wizards Summer League games on Comcast SportsNet, you saw repeated shots of JaVale McGee's basketball-playing mom Pamela, who was sitting in the front row and attracting plenty of screen time, often with pen and paper in her hand. My understanding, though, is that you were not hearing the audio of her interview, which came late in the week after it was already clear that McGee was shining. (See highlights above.) So here's what she said about her notes.
"I'm a mom," she told NBA TV. "After they get to a certain age, they kind of get deaf ears, so a lot of times, my communication is too loud. I'll say YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT THAT REBOUND. So I'll just take notes, and give him little cues, and he reads it. He's a cerebral person. Then he goes home and looks at it....We don't communicate, because after they get a certain age, you're the mom, you done told them to clean up their room, they don't hear you no more. So I just write notes, and he goes over them."
("I learn a lot," McGee later told NBA TV. "She tells me stuff that I really didn't realize, like go for the rebound. Just little stuff.")
Then she was asked if she can still take her son in one-on-one.
"You know what, I always never let him beat me," she said. "Last time I played him, I played him to three, and I told him, you've got to shoot jumpers, and he still beat me. I'll never play him again. I'm a player too, I've still got my game, I want to win too."
"That was like when I was 12," JaVale said, when asked if she could take him. "Not now."
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