The true genius of JaVale McGee

Just in time for a title run, Denver's new big man is finally growing up

Originally Published: October 17, 2012
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

ON A THURSDAY afternoon in March, JaVale McGee and the Wizards were in New Orleans, preparing to play the Hornets. Just after the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline, McGee's cellphone rang. On the other end was Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, calling to tell McGee he'd just been dealt to Denver. "You can fly in tomorrow evening," said Ujiri. "My assistant will call you to arrange the flights." At that point, any rational 24-year-old would be thinking, Sweet, that means I can party tonight in ...

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