JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee's new tattoo: 'Couldn't of got it without my brothers!'


JaVale McGee's new tattoo: 'Couldn't of got it without my brothers!'

JaVale McGee got some new ink this summer.

How do we know?

Because he posted a picture of the tattoo on Instagram:

Remember the story Steve Kerr revealed on The Lowe Post podcast two days after the Warriors beat the Cavs in Game 5?

When asked if there was a specific moment from the celebration that stood out the most, Kerr said:

"The party was great but what I'm gonna remember -- the thing that's gonna jump out -- is my exchange with JaVale McGee as the stage was being set on the court, literally minutes after the buzzer sounded. JaVale came up to me -- he was hugging his daugther, his daugther is about six months old I think -- and he was bawling. He was bawling.

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"He just came over to me and gave me a huge hug and he just told me how happy he was and how much he loved the team and the season he just had and how meaningful it was. And that's what will jump out."

After the Warriors drafted Jordan Bell, re-signed Zaza Pachulia and gave the full taxpayer mid-level exception to Nick Young, it appeared McGee wouldn't be back with Golden State for a second season.

He was reportedly unhappy with the Warriors and was seeking a salary more than the veteran minimum.

Although that never materialized, McGee had a great experience in the Bay Area and decided to return.

If the Warriors win the title again in 2018, perhaps McGee will get the same tattoo on the other forearm?

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why did JaVale return to Warriors? Bob Myers: 'What it came down to...'


Why did JaVale return to Warriors? Bob Myers: 'What it came down to...'

For a couple weeks in July, it looked like JaVale McGee would not be back with the Warriors for the 2017-18 season.

But the big man eventually elected to re-sign with the world champs.

What was the pitch to get JaVale to stay in the Bay Area?

"Not everybody can get exactly what they want -- whether that's playing time or money," Warriors GM Bob Myers told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game. "In talking to JaVale, he loved the role he had. He loved our players. He loves playing for Coach Kerr.

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"He was great for us. He gave us something nobody else did. It's what we call vertical spacing ... catching a lob and dunking it -- he's one of the best in the league at that. He got better defensively."

McGee averaged 9.6 minutes over 77 games (10 starts) last season -- registering 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting over 65 percent from the field.

In the playoffs, he scored at least 12 points four times -- including 16 points in Game 3 against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

The 29-year old tested the free-agent waters, and believed his play last year earned him more minutes and money.

But apparently, his services were not in high demand. And he will make the veteran minimum -- $2,116,955 -- next year.

"I think what it came down to was -- he surveyed the market and what he came to the conclusion of is he liked what we were," Myers explained. "And I guess going for another championship was compelling for him.

"We were certainly thrilled that he decided to come back and (he) gives us another weapon."

And now that McGee and Kevin Durant will be teammates again, perhaps they will produce some tracks together...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Another win for W's: JaVale returns for minimum to complete roster

Another win for W's: JaVale returns for minimum to complete roster

Once JaVale McGee signs his new contract, and it’s a formality, the Warriors will have completed their July victory tour. They’ll have all the signatures they craved. They will have won. Repeatedly. Again.

Completing their roster precisely as they had hoped, the Warriors will come out on the other side of free agency having achieved the best possible outcome.

Less than a week after coach Steve Kerr told he wanted McGee back for another season, the 7-foot center on Thursday agreed to do just that.

Understand, though, McGee did not stroll into free agency seeking a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum. He wanted more cash, and also a longer term. He deserved it, too, after a fine season in which he played well enough to revive a career that one year ago was teetering on the dark, distant edge of the NBA.

McGee instead will get about $2.1 million, less than half of what he had hoped to find.

There is a very evident upside insofar as he gets the comfort of being in a place where he’ll enjoy teammates and coaches, feel the love of the fans, and win a lot of basketball games.

The clear winner here, though, is the Warriors.

They gambled that McGee’s excursion into free agency might be circular. It was.

They left their final minimum-salary spot on their roster for him, and would look elsewhere only if he landed with another team. He did not.

They figured they could spend their mid-level exception on a shooter, Nick Young, and still find a serviceable backup center. They did.

For their foresight and patience, the Warriors are rewarded with another season from a player that was a significant contributor during their run to a championship.

Why didn’t McGee command a better financial deal with another team? To begin with, he’s neither a star nor a starter. Though the numbers paint a fabulous picture -- McGee is the only player in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting at least 65 percent -- the fact is he excels in limited minutes.

McGee played in 77 games, averaging 9.6 minutes per. He played as many as 15 minutes on 10 occasions and only once reached the 20-minute mark.

How does an NBA general manager justify throwing big bucks at someone, no matter how effective he is, if his best work is limited to maybe 12 minutes per game?

So McGee is back, delighting JaVale Nation. He’ll return to a more formidable roster. All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are back. Key veteran contributors Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West were re-signed. Omri Casspi and Young will raise the level of offensive firepower coming off the bench.

Six weeks after concluding a 16-1 postseason with a championship victory parade through the streets of Oakland, the Warriors are complete -- with upgrades. All 15 spots on the roster are now filled.

Training camp is eight weeks away, and the presentation of jewelry will follow in mid-October.

It was during the public celebration of the championship that Green passionately and colorfully urged the world to take note of the results achieved by president/general manager Bob Myers. Myers is too busy getting things done to indulge in due credit.

He’ll settle for sleeping ever more peacefully in the coming weeks. Hell, he can take an extended vacation. He has earned it.