The Los Angeles Lakers added a few veterans to their roster this season, and it turns out that they did a really good job. However, fans still wonder how JaVale McGee ended up signing a contract with the Lakers. Now we know the answer. It was LeBron James.
LeBron wanted McGee on the team, and he got him right there.
“I played against him in the last two NBA Finals. And I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings. It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this,” LeBron said.
McGee played in the first four games of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers averaging 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes. Last year, the former Warriors center had a huge impact against King James and the Cavaliers, averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.8 minutes.
McGee had a nice response to LeBron’s comment on his game. “He could have said get anybody. It’s just a reassuring feeling, a confidence-builder I guess, knowing that you’re going into a situation wanted as an option, like you’re really wanted. That’s pretty dope,” he said.
In his 19 games this season, McGee proved LeBron right. King James did a really good job to demand that the Lakers sign him. McGee averages 13.2 points and 2.8 blocks per game. He also grabs 6.5 rebounds per game. This is actually his best statistics since the 2011-12 season.
LeBron, McGee, Ball, Chandler and the rest of the guys better keep the numbers up as things get tighter with every game they lose.