April 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) shoots against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 115-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets GM a ‘Big Fan’ of JaVale McGee


There were reports that linked the firing of Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl to his disinterest in playing big man JaVale McGee, so newly appointed Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly wants to make one thing clear – he’s a big fan of McGee.

Per Denver Nuggets Twitter:

#Nuggets exec Tim Connelly was in Washington when the Wizards drafted JaVale McGee: “I’m a big JaVale McGee fan. I expect a lot from him.”

McGee was acquired from the aforementioned Washington Wizards during the 2011-12 season and during the following offseason signed a four year, $44 million dollar extension with the Nuggets. In other words, Connelly better like him.

The high flying big man struggled to see floor time under George Karl, cracking just over 20 minute a game during his initial season in Denver – even less this year. With a new coach, new GM and a different atmosphere in Denver, McGee is hopeful a change of culture will get him more time on the hardwood.

I’d say an improved jumper and footwork would probably be helpful as well.

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  • Charliemyboy

    Is he going back to Olajuwon? It didn’t seem to help, but he needs help. Can Duncan show him how to post?