Mother-son legacy a first for WNBA/NBA

When Nevada's JaVale McGee gets drafted into the NBA, he will make history as the first son of a former WNBA player to play in the NBA.

Originally Published: May 16, 2008
By Jeremy Lundblad | Special to ESPN.com

"Coooooooop," he'd chant, then start raising the roof. (It was the mid-'90s, after all).

Like any kid playing basketball, JaVale McGee imitated his idols when messing around on the court. He'd knock down a deep shot and celebrate just as he'd seen the pros do.


But there was no "Coop" in the NBA in those days.

McGee was mimicking Cynthia Cooper, his mom's teammate in Europe and a future WNBA star.

"[JaVale] views women ...

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