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JaVale McGee about to play in World Basketball Festival showcase

Wizards center JaVale McGee is about to hit the floor for Team USA in the World Basketball Festival showcase at Radio City Music Hall. McGee has a second chance with the team, but this could be an extended stay. USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo said he plans to bring all 15 players along until the team makes its final cuts by Aug. 26. That means McGee will likely join the team when it leaves next Monday for Madrid. Team USA will also play in Lithuania and Greece before the World Championships begin on Aug. 28 in Istanbul.

By Michael Lee  |  August 12, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
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Posted by: Samson151 | August 12, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I like to see McGee's teammates -- Rondo, Durant, Rose -- say those nice things about him. You know they want him around. I think they take two athletic bigs into the world championship.

Posted by: zinger1 | August 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Saw the game tonight and all I can say is wow. Javale was absolutely AWFUL! Nate McMillan was his coach and as soon as he put Javale in, he took him out and with good reason. Both times he touched the ball he shot it with no regard for team flow or hierarchy, and missed. He was listless getting back down court, allowing players to run past him for an easy bucket.

In this game he was not in there league. I am a Javale fan and said that in 2 years he will be an all-star and I still believe it but I may have to take back my hall-of-fame prediction, lol.

He has all the physical tools and he will learn the game, but it was the listlessness that he showed tonight as soon as he got in the game that was disheartening, not protecting the paint and lack of court awareness. He has a long way to go.

Posted by: zxhoya | August 12, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Zxhoya, thanks for the update. I was wondering how McGee would do tonight and I am disappointed that he didnt held his own. Seeing the video, he look much bigger now. Hopefully, he'll get better during the year with the Wizards. Heck, look how long it took Dray to get where he is.

Posted by: demonj21 | August 12, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

There's a televised game on ESPN or ESPN2 on Sunday afternoon --- USA vs. France.

Posted by: MeviousMan | August 12, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Give him a break ya'll,

He is young, which is good. Young folks need a little more time to get acclaimated. But then, look out!

Once they make it if they aren't properly rooted; they get arrogant, but he has a great Mom.Hopefully she can help him keep his head on straight.

Mr. Mc Gee is coming into his own, he will be a Star.
Take it easy, John

Posted by: upscalechef | August 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

PS. Keep in mind, he is playing with Kevin Durant and the Big-Boys, this is good news on a Friday!

Posted by: upscalechef | August 13, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I saw mcgee in las vegas and he was dominant in those games,but the main problem i have with him and i cant understand why noone has addressed this,no coach,no team member,no mom,no relative,why do you shoot everytime you get the ball no matter what?I for the life of me can not understand why this problem has not been addressed,you dont have to shoot everytime,not everytime!!!I spoke with his cousin who was in vegas with him and he said thats just the way he has always been,I just dont get it,he is so talented,and i'm a fan!!!does anyone here have a clue?

Posted by: bru4bon42z | August 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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