Team USA basketball star JaVale McGee was taken aback on Saturday when a reporter asked him a strange question about his family.
McGee, who joined the U.S. Olympic roster at a moment’s notice after Kevin Love dropped out and Bradley Beal was forced to miss the Games due to coronavirus health and safety protocols, talked with reporters a day before the team’s first game against France at the Tokyo Games.
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"Hey JaVale, welcome aboard, I’m not sure … is your mom still with us," the reporter asked.
McGee appeared to be a bit stunned by the question.
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"That’s a weird question to ask somebody," he replied.
McGee is a three-time NBA champion who is making his first Olympic appearance for the U.S. in pursuit of his first-ever gold medal. His mother, Pamela, is also an Olympic champion and still very much alive.
Pamela McGee was a two-time NCAA champion with USC and joined Cheryl Miller to help the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team to a gold medal in 1984. She also had a gold medal in the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas and the 1984 Jones Cup in Taiwan. She won a silver in the 1983 FIBA World Championship in Rio de Janeiro.
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Pamela McGee played professionally for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League and in the WNBA for the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks.