JaVale McGee has cultivated a reputation for being a talented player whose goofball tendencies mar his accomplishments. In one moment he can make a highlight-reel block, and in the next he’ll be benched for throwing an alley-oop to himself. That’s what made Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon’s comments about the big man so perplexing.
Olajuwon has been working with McGee at his big man camp in Houston and glowed about his pupil.
“No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports in Houston. “That guy should dominate the league.
“He has tremendous talent. I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level.”
Sure, McGee has the talent to be one of the league’s top centers, but Hakeem is dreaming. That’s like me saying “all Carlos Zambrano needs is a level head and he could be a Hall of Famer.” It’s just too far off from happening. McGee is a good player, but he has a long way to go to put it all together.