Very, very disappointing news. Just when we thought McGee was gaining some momentum, this happens (news courtesy of Examiner.com)…
JaVale McGee is not going to be representing his country this summer.
The former Nevada Wolf Pack center was cut from Team USA’s roster for this summer’s World Championships on Wednesday along with Tyreke Evans, O.J. Mayo and Gerald Wallace.
The roster now stands at 15 and must be cut to 12 by Aug. 12.
McGee, who has averaged 6.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in his two seasons with the Washington Wizards, participated in Team USA’s tryout camp in Las Vegas this month. The 15 remaining members of the team will practice in New York starting on Aug. 9 in preparation for an exhibition game against France at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Aug. 15.
I’m not surprised at all that McGee didn’t make the final roster, but I am surprised that he wasn’t at least kept around for a little while longer.
Team USA now carries just two centers–Tyson Chandler and Brook Lopez. If one of those guys gets hurt, someone is going to have to play as an undersized five.
McGee has a shot-blocking ability that no one else on Team USA possesses. The only guy who is anywhere close is Tyson Chandler.
Hopefully, JaVale can use this experience to improve as a player. Heck, maybe this even puts a little chip on his shoulder to prove others wrong.
Or maybe that’s all just wishful thinking. McGee has never been the most serious of fellows.