HoopsHype Javale McGee rumors

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

Karl’s message to McGee is similar to the same one he heard during his nearly four years in Washington. “Probably simple and solid,” Karl said, when asked what he tells McGee most. “I think he tries to be spectacular. Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if you just let Andre Miller and Ty [Lawson], let us orchestrate the game, something big time will happen. But I just want him to be more Tim Duncan-like. I tell him I like Tim Duncan. I want Tim Duncan. That’s what I want.” Washington Post

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Forget about NBA standout JaVale McGee suiting up for the Smart Gilas national team. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has decided to look for another foreign player to beef up the team, passing up the chance to put the 7-foot Denver Nuggets center in a Philippine uniform for the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship. Inquirer.net

November 6, 2012 Updates

A huge insurance fee required to cover JaVale McGee’s lucrative contract with the Denver Nuggets has dimmed negotiations to sign up the NBA star as the second naturalized player of Smart Gilas 2.0 after Marcus Douthit. National coach Chot Reyes confirmed that efforts to naturalize the long-armed, high-leaping Denver center and sign him up for Gilas have hit a snag owing to the huge insurance cover for the four-year, US$44 million deal he signed with the Nuggets prior to the NBA season. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

October 29, 2012 Updates

Kosta Koufos, whose salary is $3 million this season, is expected to start at center ahead of McGee, whose paychecks will total $10 million in 2012-13. Is there something wrong with this picture? Maybe, maybe not. When Nuggets management gave McGee a four-year, $44 million contract this summer, they paid a premium to keep a talented 24-year-old big man off the NBA's open market after his sensational playoff performance against the Lakers. The Nuggets paid a premium for his potential as a shot blocker, defensive presence and intriguing offensive talent. But McGee is far from a proven talent. Denver Post

Asked how the communication is with McGee, Karl indicated things need to improve. "I think that can be better, and that's on me," Karl said. "I think I'm going to meet with him in the next couple days. I think not only he, but our whole training camp has been more demanding in its seriousness than he probably had it last year. Last year was kind of a celebration of us figuring it out and playing well, but we're now in a marathon race in an NBA season. I try to meet with every player before a season, and I think it's probably time for JaVale and I to sit down and have a talk." Denver Post

October 21, 2012 Updates

There has been much gush about Nuggets big man JaVale McGee working out with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer. But Faried was there, too, living a dream while soaking in the dream shake. Asked what he gained from the experience, Faried said: "What didn't I gain from being with him? He's a great person, polite, respectful and his basketball skills are amazing, his footwork, the way he maneuvers in the post." Denver Post

October 17, 2012 Updates

Every decade, it seems, an oddball baller emerges from the NBA ranks to colorize and polarize an otherwise homogenized league. In the 1990s, it was Dennis Rodman. In the 2000s, it was the Artest Formerly Known as Ron. In the 2010s, it's JaVale McGee. Like the Worm and MWP before him, McGee is accused of being a bit off, when the reality may be that he's a misunderstood genius. "People portray him as a goofball," says teammate Kenneth Faried, "but he's actually a really intelligent guy." ESPN.com

As for McGee's off-court life, the Nuggets are content to let JaVale be JaVale. He still sends out bizarre tweets ("#weak when u make a million dollars, cash it into quarters, try to dive into it like Scrooge mcduck and break both ur arms!"). He still zooms around downtown Denver on a Segway. He still does curious things, like when he plunked down 30 bucks for a red furry plush Elmo backpack that's been practically attached to his back ever since, and for which he's received constant ribbing from friends and strangers alike. Recently, as he and Elmo were walking out of the 16th Street Noodles & Company, a woman stopped him. "It's ironic that you're so big and you have this little kid's backpack," she said. To which McGee responded, "Finally ... someone gets it!" ESPN.com

September 30, 2012 Updates

Q: You'll likely start Ty Lawson at point guard, Iguodala at shooting guard, Gallinari at small forward and Kenneth Faried at power forward. What about center? George Karl: Training camp is going to tell me who plays. My idea right now is Mozgov would start with Faried and JaVale would stay with (reserve point guard) Andre Miller. But again, I don't (care) about starting lineups, and you guys are already stirring the pot. It's all about how many minutes you play, who you play with, how well you play and how we play (when you're on the court). Kosta Koufos is in the mix, too. Let's make sure you understand that. In the last 15-20 games of the season, when Timo got hurt, Kosta not only played well but good enough to get us to the playoffs. Denver Post

September 20, 2012 Updates

Just when everyone was getting used to a world without JaVale McGee on a Segway, he delivered this glimmer of hope after his trade to the Nuggets. @JaValeMcGee34: Anybody know where I can buy a Segway in Denver? And judging by this photo from Deadspin, he was successful! USA Today

September 11, 2012 Updates

JaVale McGee invited 10 Twitter followers to a free lunch with him at Chipotle yesterday. And in typically JaVale fashion, the invitation was well-intentioned, but poorly thought out, producing a hilarious result. Given just five minutes notice, only one fan made it to Chipotle: Andy Mathisen, who doesn't even list the Nuggets among his fan allegiances in his Twitter bio. Mathisen took to Twitter to thank McGee, "one of his favorite Nuggets," for the free lunch. Maybe had McGee had just given him the other nine burritos, Mathisen would have called McGee his favorite Nugget. Deadspin.com

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