HoopsHype Javale McGee rumors

June 7, 2013 Updates
June 6, 2013 Updates
April 29, 2013 Updates

Karl was a pesky guard for the Spurs back in the 1970s. He was asked before Sunday's game about Bogut, who had taunted Nuggets center JaVale McGee in Game 3 to punch him in the face. "I was once sent into the game to instigate a guy to punch me in the face," Karl said. "Brian Taylor, he punched me, I punched him, and it was a 16-minute fight. Well, Brian Taylor hit me first, I hit him from behind and then it was going on all over the place. I was sent into the game to hold, grab and wrestle — things that Bogut does really well." Denver Post

April 28, 2013 Updates

Nuggets center JaVale McGee promises not to let Golden State's 7-foot bruiser, Andrew Bogut, get to him. The two had a dust-up in Game 3, which resulted in a technical foul for Bogut, during which McGee said Bogut tried to provoke him: "He told me to punch him in the chin. That was idiotic. I'm never going to tell someone to punch me in the chin." This series has been an exercise in patience for McGee — and most of the other bigs on the Nuggets' roster. The minute Golden State's David Lee was injured, the complexion of the series changed from one the entire team could love to one where small ball is severely cutting into the time of Nuggets' post players. So McGee's time on the court at the same time as Bogut's, which was endangered because Bogut starts and McGee comes in as a reserve, is even shorter. Denver Post

April 27, 2013 Updates

“I'm not going out there to hurt anybody or be cheap or anything,” Bogut told reporters Saturday. “I'm just playing physical like they are. If someone steps up and wants to get into it, I've got no problem with that. It’s nothing personal. They’re physical. Kenneth Faried runs around and hits people. We just have to match their intensity. If it gets personal during games and guys want to have a crack at you, that’s playoff basketball. I’m not sitting here saying I hate McGee or I hate Faried. But if they want to be physical, we’re going to be physical back. We’re not going to take a step backward.” NBA.com

April 25, 2013 Updates
April 19, 2013 Updates

On Thursday, the Wizards cleaned out their lockers, said goodbye to their friends, signed some yearbooks and got ready to go home for the summer. Kevin Seraphin spent the day taking a tour of the city on his segway. (Fun fact: Seraphin bought the segway from JaVale McGee.) Washington Post

April 4, 2013 Updates

Thankfully, our long wait is over. Oprah Winfrey's OWN has ordered a reality series called Millionaire Mama's Boy based around enigmatic Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and his mother/business manager/former basketball player/confidant Pamela McGee. Expect lots of anti-Shaq rhetoric and confusion. Mostly the confusion. We tried to select the best snippets from from the network's description of the show, but since every single word is the best snippet, we figured we'd include the whole preview (via Deadline): The new OWN series Millionaire Mama's Boy explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pamela is not only JaVale's mom, she's also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. USA Today Sports

March 31, 2013 Updates

The masters are rare, those whose brilliance transcends their peers, and as such, they're given the desired designation as a poet's poet or a comic's comic or, in the case of JaVale McGee, a weirdo's weirdo. "JaVale McGee, by far, is the goofiest teammate I've had. He's goofiest guy in the NBA," said Nuggets forward Corey Brewer, whose previous interview was interrupted when McGee swatted a microphone and declared, in a hoarse Dikembe Mutombo voice, "Not in my house!" "He's unpredictable," Brewer continued, "with both what will come out of his mouth and what he'll do in the game. I call him 'The Great Adventure,' because you never know what's going to happen. It's going to be an adventure either way it goes, good or bad." Denver Post

And he's becoming comfortable as Denver's circus, sometimes the acrobat, sometimes the clown, eternally entertaining. "He clearly follows his own quirky logic," Wall said, "which is another principle of clowning. Think of Chaplin. There's that iconic scene in 'The Gold Rush' when he cooks his shoelaces and eats them like spaghetti, twirling them on his fork. It's a ridiculous act, but it also grounded in reality we understand. JaVale's a bit the same way. You can see the idea he's pursuing, but then he veers off to this other place and you're like, 'Whoa, what are you doing, JaVale? Come on back, buddy.' "And that's probably the ADD, right? He's forever distracted by the world. But it's a good thing for television." Denver Post

March 8, 2013 Updates

JaVale McGee, fresh off an 0-for-1, four block, 0-point performance in 14 minutes against the Clippers, appeared on Inside the NBA, the show where he is relentlessly mocked by Shaquille O’Neal. It was clear from the outset that McGee – whose tone throughout the interview was anything but friendly – wanted no part of Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin a Fool’ segment. Eventually, McGee gets to the core of the issue: He’s not a fan of the black-on-black crime. “I don’t watch Shaqtin a coon,” McGee says, at which point Ernie Johnson steers the conversation in a different direction. Uncomfortable? You bet. My guess is Shaq finds another target for a couple weeks. The Big Lead

March 1, 2013 Updates

Which leads me ask, what's up with JaVale McGee? Andre Iguodala: JaVale McGee is one of the smartest guys I know. Like, he's a nerd, plays with gadgets and is into technology. He's funny--he's got crazy jokes and his timing with jokes is really funny. You have to be really smart to think the way he does. He's a thinker, so his mind goes into a lot of different places, and I think that can be taken the wrong way when he's on the court--he can be an over-thinker at times. GQ.com

February 23, 2013 Updates

JaVale McGee had no interest in being sentimental about his return to Washington. The place McGee called home for the first 3½ seasons of his NBA career before getting dealt for Nene at the trade deadline last March was no more important to the Denver Nuggets’ 7-foot big man than any other stop in his life journey – if you let him tell it. “For some reason I have a selective memory, so it wasn’t like I was having flashbacks, stuff like that,” McGee said after his current playoff team lost to his former lottery- bound team for the second time in five weeks. “It wasn’t really that special to me.” Washington Post

January 29, 2013 Updates
January 28, 2013 Updates

Nuggets center JaVale McGee was ruled out of Denver's game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night due to soreness in his left shin. McGee has been experiencing pain recently in and around his left tibia. The Nuggets said he underwent a CT scan to try to determine whether a stress fracture was the source of the problem. However, there was no immediate indication of a stress fracture. McGee was scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday and doctors will review the results of both exams before formulating a diagnosis. ESPN.com

January 20, 2013 Updates

But before McGee gets to the "skill" part, Denver's coaches want him to get the "routine" part down. Karl, who emphasizes that he is impressed with McGee's skill set too, wants him to be more Tim Duncan and less Latrell Sprewell. "He's got to understand that lazy and crazy isn't going to make it work," Karl said. "We want solid and we want fundamental, and we want spectacular but only when it happens, not forcing the action where sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't." Denver Post

January 18, 2013 Updates

McGee is averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for the well-stocked Nuggets, but remains a reserve despite leading the team in player efficiency rating at 21.6 and signing a four-year, $44 million deal last summer. Karl continues to start Kosta Koufas at center and added that he will continue to do so until McGee proves he deserves more than his current 19 minutes a game. “He’s playing about 20 minutes a game now, and I’d like to get it up to 25. But he’s got to earn that,” Karl said. “And he’s got three guys in Kosta and Kenneth [Faried] and Timo [Mozgov], who I think are NBA players that deserve minutes, too. So I think it’s like a competition. Sometimes I think young players think it’s an entitlement to minutes. There is no entitlement on this team. I mean, Anthony Randolph can play basketball. You earn your minutes. You earn your opportunity and produce wins. As long as he keeps working, he’ll get more minutes.” Washington Post

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.