by Zettler Clay
In news outside of Miami’s chokejob — or Dallas’ seizure, call it whatever you will — ESPNW’s Adena Andrews sheds light on the intriguing team of JaVale McGee and his mother, Pam.
While many NBA fans remember Pam McGee from her appearance at the 2011 Sprite Dunk Contest, a few others know her from her playing days at University of Southern California, U.S. Olympic team and the WNBA.
But their relationship extends outside mere appearances with each other and even a mother-son relationship. Pam is, in fact, JaVale’s financial manager.
Ahhh. One of the joys of coming into adulthood is having full dictatorial reign over your own finances, and in JaVale’s case, his millions. So it should come as no surprise that he sometimes bristles at his mother’s direction.
Like any business relationship, heads often collide. Pamela is working on recognizing when to be a mom and when to be a financial manager.
The latest squabble arose when JaVale, who already owned a Mercedes, wanted to purchase an SUV. JaVale had to ask his financial manager for permission to release the funds to his discretionary account, a process he is required to follow for all his major purchases.
Pamela assessed his assets and denied the SUV transaction.
“I have to keep telling him, ‘You can’t buy the same stuff that LeBron James buys. LeBron is on his third deal,’” Pamela said.
She also likes to remind JaVale that his grandmother scrubbed toilets for $1.25 an hour when she was growing up.
“Don’t think you just got here. There were sacrifices made for you,” she tells him.
While the “momager” effect isn’t new by any means, to see a relationship of this magnitude in the NBA is rather refreshing. From scheduling abortion (she was two days away) to traveling across the world toting a growing boy and managing her own career, Pam McGee provides a dose of “sticktoitness” (just coined that term) that is relatable across the spectrum.
And if she was this proud of JaVale for his dunk contest showcase, I’d pay good money to see her reaction to this: