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FanCast: JaVale McGee 1

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Patrick:
Hey guys, this is Patrick [inaudible 00:00:06] with JaVale McGee. How you doing, man?

JaVale McGee:
How are you doing?

Patrick:
So, you've been here a couple of days now for All-Star Weekend. Tell us what you've been in to.

JaVale McGee:
I mean this beautiful weather. Just a lot of events I've been going to, just a great time, really.

Patrick:
And, I know you were really excited about the slam dunk contest tonight. Obviously, you're going to go?

JaVale McGee:
Exactly.

Patrick:
Who are you looking forward to seeing?

JaVale McGee:
Me personally, I'm looking forward to [inaudible 00:00:40]

Patrick:
And, I know there's a couple other players [inaudible 00:00:41]

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
Exactly, I mean, he's a young guy too so he's got those fresh legs. He might do something crazy.

Patrick:
And, you were in the slam dunk contest a couple of years ago?

JaVale McGee:
Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Patrick:
With Blake Griffin.

JaVale McGee:
2011.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
All-Star was actually here too.

Patrick:
Oh, wow.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Do guys practice dunks during the year?

JaVale McGee:
So, me personally, I practiced a little bit just because I wanted to get creative. The day before the dunk contest, you get to go to an empty gym and practice whatever you need.

Patrick:
Uh-huh

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
And, are you saving something for the contest that no one has seen before, but you? A couple people?

JaVale McGee:
Not necessarily.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
Unfortunately, the year I did it, some reporters took a video of the dunk I was going to do.

Patrick:
Oh.

JaVale McGee:
[inaudible 00:01:28] the dunk contest somebody did it [inaudible 00:01:30] same dunk [inaudible 00:01:32] contest. So...

Patrick:
Ah man. Is Bill Belichick [inaudible 00:01:34]

JaVale McGee:
Exactly. [inaudible 00:01:37] Ah man [inaudible 00:01:38] out here, it's just beautiful weather.

Patrick:
You live in Oakland?

JaVale McGee:
LA, yeah I live in Oakland right now.

Patrick:
So, it's probably what? The difference there now is probably a little overcast.

JaVale McGee:
It's over the water. You know, so, it's a little different. You get a little more breeze.

Patrick:
Yeah. So, we're going to step into the co-star cabana and talk with some fans.

JaVale McGee:
Let's do it.

JaVale McGee:
Let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it.

Patrick:
Alright, so, this is Patrick from Costar with World Champion JaVale McGee. What's going on guys?

Ahmeer:
Hey. Can you hear me?

JaVale McGee:
How you guys doing? Yeah, I can hear you. Yeah, what's up?

Ahmeer:
Hey. What's up?

Patrick:
What's up, man, you're live with JaVale McGee.

Ahmeer:
I know.

Patrick:
You have a question for us?

Ahmeer:
I still can't believe [crosstalk 00:02:26] Yes, I had a question for you, JaVale.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Ahmeer:
So, what is the best moment you had on court in your whole career?

JaVale McGee:
You said the best moment I've had on court in my whole career?

Ahmeer:
Mm-hmm (affirmative)

JaVale McGee:
Definitely, just winning the championship. The game we won, the championship game of the finals, last year. Good question.

Patrick:
Ahmeer, are you a big Warriors fan?

Ahmeer:
Yes.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
Ahmeer, where are you from?

Ahmeer:
I'm from New York.

JaVale McGee:
Oh, you live in New York right now?

Ahmeer:
Yes

JaVale McGee:
Nice. It's cold out there now.

Patrick:
Laughs

Ahmeer:
It's really cold now.

Patrick:
So, I've heard that winning an NBA Championship, it's almost like... I've heard that it cements that team, and kind of [inaudible 00:03:25]

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
[inaudible 00:03:26] of all the highs and the lows.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, definitely, at the end, you definitely just feel like a weight off your shoulders, like all this hard work paid off. It's definitely brotherhood.

Patrick:
What else is going on Ahmeer? Are you going to watch the slam dunk contest tonight?

Ahmeer:
Definitely.

Patrick:
Who do you like?

Ahmeer:
I mean, I don't know, but I'm looking forward to new rookie, Donovan Mitchell.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
[inaudible 00:03:55] did mention him, but he's not like a guy who came, kind of surprised [crosstalk 00:03:59]

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, he's definitely doing his thing. Definitely, a steal for the Jags. He's doing his thing out there, yeah.

Patrick:
Mm-hmm (affirmative) and, when was your last time in New York?

JaVale McGee:
The last time I was in New York we played, I think New York, and it was a good time. It was snowing though. That's the only thing I don't like about New York is the snow. I really hate snow, but other than that New York is definitely top five cities.

Patrick:
So, Ahmeer

Ahmeer:
Yes.

Patrick:
What's your favorite moment that you've seen from JaVale?

Ahmeer:
It'd be the Rockets game, last year, where you had two consecutive blocks, and you had the whole [inaudible 00:04:39]

JaVale McGee:
That's what I'm talking about.

Ahmeer:
And, two consecutive blocks in one play.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Wow.

JaVale McGee:
That's dope.

Patrick:
You play with a lot of spirit.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
A lot of energy, you're an energy guy. Talk a little bit about that. It's not necessarily... just where you're coming out on the court and bringing some energy.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, it's definitely more mental than anything. You got to be mentally prepared to go out there and give it your all. Especially, coming off the bench because you get cold a little bit, so you just have to make sure that you keep your body ready to go out there.

Patrick:
Very nice. So, we're going to move on to Anita. What's going on, Anita.

Anita:
Hey! How are you guys?

Patrick:
You're live with Javale McGee.

JaVale McGee:
Hey, Anita, how are you doing? [00:05:27]

Patrick:
What's up, Anita?

Anita:
What's up with you guys?

JaVale McGee:
Where are you located at, Anita?

Anita:
I'm just chilling. I'm about to actually head out to go see Black Panther in a little bit, so, I'm like, okay let me talk to JaVale for a little bit.

JaVale McGee:
Where are you located?

Anita:
Tampa, Florida.

JaVale McGee:
Tampa, Florida, I've never been there before. It's nice out there right now, I know.

Anita:
Yes, it's nice out here, sunny all day. It rarely gets cold, but when it gets cold we're freezing to death because we're used to the heat.

JaVale McGee:
That's cool. That's real cool. Nice humid air out there.

Anita:
Yes.

Patrick:
So, Anita, have you been watching All-Star Weekend?

Anita:
I have. I actually was just watching the practice for the All-Star game. They just called out Lebron's team.

JaVale McGee:
Nice.

Patrick:
What do you think about the format this year? How they changed it to Lebron [crosstalk 00:06:34]

JaVale McGee:
I just feel like they're trying to keep it relevant and keep the fans activated and interested. So, they're trying all the new tricks. The funny part is, last night I was at a dinner, and I was talking to somebody who created the All-Star game.

Patrick:
Oh, wow.

JaVale McGee:
I think they said '86, and it was literally just... oh, the All-Star Weekend, not the All-Star game. At first they said on Sunday they would just play the All-Star game, and fly in Saturday night, play the All-Star game and leave. So, he created the whole concept of the dunk contest and the [inaudible 00:07:04] contest. So, it was pretty cool.

Patrick:
Wow, a little history for us.

JaVale McGee:
A little history.

Anita:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Anita, what are you most excited about for All-Star weekend?

Anita:
The Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, and I just want to see team Steph win. So, that's it.

JaVale McGee:
[inaudible 00:07:24] Who do you have for the Dunk Contest?

Anita:
[inaudible 00:07:27], actually.

Patrick:
Ah, no one's mentioned him.

JaVale McGee:
Nobody.

Patrick:
And, he's great.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, definitely, definitely got some [inaudible 00:07:37] He definitely got dunks easy, too. What about the Three-Point Contest?

Anita:
Klay, I'm a huge fan of Klay.

Patrick:
It's all Warriors Club.

Anita:
Yes, I'm a Warriors fan.

Patrick:
You're on the other side of the Country. How did... what made you fall in love with Warriors?

Anita:
So, my whole family is Cleveland, and I actually liked Steph, well no, I'm sorry, I liked Steph, but I more so liked Iggy. I follow Iggy a lot. So, when he went to the Warriors, and I just kind of followed, and then I started liking Steph, and everybody else on the team.

Patrick:
Very cool. What about JaVale?

Anita:
JaVale is cool. I like JaVale. I wish JaVale would start, but you know, it is what it is. But, I really do. I love JaVale's energy. I like his off-court, all of that. He's hilarious. Him and Nick Young have me rolling all the time on Instagram. So, yeah, I love JaVale. He makes it more enjoyable to watch. Yeah, cause I be [inaudible 00:08:50]

Patrick:
We actually have a shout-out

Anita:
Oh

Patrick:
We actually have a shout-out that kind of talks about what you just mentioned, from Praggish. He's asking about your music.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Which we talked about the other day. Talk a little bit about that. I know you released a song called "Happy Birthday", on your birthday.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah

Anita:
Yes, he did.

JaVale McGee:
[inaudible 00:09:10] something about birthdays [inaudible 00:09:09] birthday month. I've been producing for a while now. Probably like 10-12 years, but I probably got good like the last three years to be able to really release music. So, that's what I'm passionate about, and I'm just trying to make sure that I just put the content out to build more of a music fan base.

Patrick:
Anita, have you heard any of JaVale's music?

Anita:
Yes, I have. Every time he posts, I listen.

Patrick:
Favorite song?

Anita:
I like the Birthday song.

Patrick:
Bust it out right now.

Anita:
It's pretty dope.

Patrick:
Birthday song.

JaVale McGee:
Thank you, appreciate it.

Anita:
You're welcome.

Patrick:
Very cool. So, oh yeah, The Chronicle... I know you're YouTube channel, you do a couple of things. I actually saw you hosting, I think it was, Iman Shumpert, yesterday. So, you were the one on the other end asking questions.

JaVale McGee:
The Parking Lot Chronicles that's my show I have on Kevin Durant's YouTube channel.

Patrick:
Mm-hmm (affirmative)

JaVale McGee:
And, it's going pretty well. We have a lot of [inaudible 00:10:14] check that out. We got an All-Star edition that we did with TNT, and that's going to be pretty cool. So, just wait for that one.

Patrick:
Have you been watching that, Anita?

Anita:
Yes, I watch every episode.

Patrick:
Yeah, I think you had Steph, and did you have Klay on?

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, I've had both of them on. [crosstalk 00:10:36] They're both good.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
Klay is hilarious cause you never know what he's going to say. It's out of no where, and then Steph is just so well organized with his thoughts, and the things that he's going to say. It's just amazing just seeing the way he really knows his platform, and knows how to expatiate it.

Patrick:
Now, Anita, do you get a lot of flack being a Warriors fan, and not like a Heat fan, being out in Florida?

Anita:
Yeah, all the time. Yeah. Yes, especially from my family, but they're huge Cleveland because my Mom was born and raised in Cleveland. So, every time they play each other, I'm always the only one, and everybody else's against me. So, yeah.

Patrick:
Now, this is something that's a little different than what you're used to. What's been the most interesting fan interaction you've had, or something someone has said to you, or maybe brought a sign, or something like that, maybe gave you something?

JaVale McGee:
It's a fan in Denver. Her name is Vicky. We called her Miss Vicky when I used to play for Denver, and she used to stay outside the arena before every game with a big sign, saying "We love the Warriors". She has a sign. She has a giant poster board where she flips over it, and every player it says, we love this person, we love this person, whoever was on the team when I was playing for Denver. So, whenever we go back to play the Warriors, she makes sure that she brings my sign, Andre's [inaudible 00:12:11] sign. So, she's really considerate. Oh, and she's the candy lady, too. She gives us bags of candy.

Patrick:
So, you got a high bar, Anita.

Anita:
Yeah, I see.

Patrick:
She set the bar pretty high, but I'm sure you can think of something great, too.

Anita:
Yeah, I'll make sure I [crosstalk 00:12:25]

Patrick:
Is there anything you want to ask JaVale about his

Anita:
About him?

Patrick:
Yeah, Orlando too. Yeah, is there any question you want to ask JaVale about All-Star Weekend?

Anita:
Well, we already talked about the Dunk Contest. My question was really, who do you have in the Dunk Contest?

JaVale McGee:
I'm definitely going for Larry Nance. I'm going with the big man. I believe in him.

Anita:
Okay, yeah, he's dope.

Patrick:
Now, he's also a legacy NBA'er.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, his father was in the Dunk Contest.

Patrick:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
That's probably going to be, not a record, but a stat that they're the first father/son duo to be in the Dunk Contest. I think Larry Nance, the Senior, won it, too.

Patrick:
Yeah.

Anita:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
So... at the first one, so if he wins this that's definitely going to be a tradition, or something.

Patrick:
And, your sister plays in the WNBA.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Have you seen her, Anita? His sister play?

Anita:
I've seen her, but I have not seen her play. I can't really get into WNBA. Sorry.

Patrick:
Why is that?

Anita:
I don't know. I guess because I've always seen it as a

Patrick:
There's no Warriors.

Anita:
Yeah, that too, but I've always seen it as a male dominant sport, and I'm a female. So, I would rather watch males play. So... yeah.

Patrick:
Yeah. I know your Mom is probably one of the most famous female basketball players of all time.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah, definitely. She went to [inaudible 00:13:50] She won championships there in High School. She went to USC and won championships there. She's an Olympic Gold Medalist, and as a Coach she won a championship in the WNBA. So, just a lot of championships.

Patrick:
Yeah. So, now you got one, so now you can bring one to the

JaVale McGee:
Bring it to the table

Patrick:
Yeah. So, now your sister probably is like

JaVale McGee:
Now my sister feels left out.

Anita:
She'll get one.

Patrick:
Ahmeer, are you there?

Ahmeer:
Yes.

Patrick:
Hey Ahmeer, do you have anything else you want to say to JaVale?

Ahmeer:
I'm not sure.

Patrick:
Talk about the Warriors winning last year. I'm sure that was a big moment for you.

Ahmeer:
It was. It was a pretty big moment because you know the rivalry between Cavs and Warriors going on for the past three years. And, it's like their games are so exciting because all the games are such close games. Especially, the fourth game.

JaVale McGee:
I have a question for you, Ahmeer.

Ahmeer:
Yes.

JaVale McGee:
How do you feel about the way Cleveland traded everybody?

Patrick:
Good question.

Ahmeer:
I mean, as long as, it's like... okay, at first I was like what are they doing because they got rid of so many players, but then I saw the people, like all the other players that were like okay, I like where I am now. So, it's like in the end everyone is happy. So, I guess that's good.

JaVale McGee:
Do you think they got better or worse?

Ahmeer:
I mean I don't know.

Patrick:
You're scouting right now. You're scouting, man.

Ahmeer:
There's only been two games, and both of them after the trade. So, I guess it's hard to tell. But, lets [crosstalk 00:15:35]

JaVale McGee:
We got to see after the All-Star break.

Ahmeer:
Yeah, that's true.

Patrick:
Now, you've played on a couple teams. What's it like going on to a new team? You got to meet everyone. Does it take a while to get kind of in the rhythm?

JaVale McGee:
At first, it's kind of awkward because you're just forced, not forced, well, I guess forced into a system, and a group of guys that you really don't know. But, after a while you start getting used to it because you're with each other, literally, say it's 30 days in a month, you're with each other 27 days out of that month. Every day. I see you in the morning. I see you at night. [inaudible 00:16:10] around the game. So, you get close to the guys.

Patrick:
Talking a little bit about All-Star Weekend, Ahmeer. What's your first memory of the All-Star Game?

Ahmeer:
[inaudible 00:16:26] years.

Patrick:
Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Ahmeer:
So, I guess my favorite memory would be last year, last years game.

JaVale McGee:
Nice.

Ahmeer:
You know when... the favorite memory would had to be Kevin Durant passing the alley-oop to Westbrook. And, it was like a peace offering between the two.

JaVale McGee:
Yeah.

Ahmeer:
[crosstalk 00:16:51]

Patrick:
Oh, wow do you remember that?

JaVale McGee:
It was like a great storyline, right? It was just like two friends that are finally back together, and they... yeah, it's dope, right? Yeah.

Ahmeer:
Yeah.

JaVale McGee:
It made the NBA... I like stories like that, too, makes the NBA seem like a movie. You know what I'm saying? It has a plot, a conclusion. So, it's a really good moment.

Patrick:
Very nice.

Ahmeer:
Yeah.

Patrick:
Well, thanks guys for chatting with JaVale. JaVale, do you want to say anything to the Costar fans out there?

JaVale McGee:
I appreciate you guys for coming on. Make sure you guys have a good day. New York, and what part of Florida was it? Tampa? Was it Tampa Florida?

Ahmeer:
Tampa, yeah.

JaVale McGee:
Well, you guys have a good one. Thanks for joining us.

Patrick:
Thanks guys.