It wasn’t a surprise to anyone who was paying attention that JaVale McGee was on the trading block. Apparently JaVale himself wasn’t losing any sleep over it.
“I was sleeping, taking my pregame nap,” McGee said in an interview with HOOPSWORLD. “When I woke up, I found out that I had been traded. I had a bunch of text messages from different people and I talked to the team. I was shocked. I just asked, ‘When do I leave?’”
As the folks at Ball Don’t Lie point out, the pregame nap is a regular occurrence in the NBA, so we don’t fault him for snoozing. But it’s hard to believe that JaVale was “shocked” by the trade news. Anyone paying attention knew that a move was likely.
What’s easier to believe is that he’s happier in Denver than he was in Washington.
“This is a great organization,” McGee said. “There are a lot of hard-working people here and this organization gives their players everything they need.”
I don’t want to jump to conclusions and assume that this is a veiled jab at the Wizards, but I also wonder what the Denver is giving him that Washington didn’t. More cereal? A dedicated DJ room? Wins?
Ah, yes. Wins.
UPDATE: JaVale explains his nap...
Wen I got traded I was taking my pregame nap cuz if I didn't get traded I woulda missed my nap and went to the game I had tired...— Pierre McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) April 5, 2012