JaVale McGee says he isn’t apprehensive about his minutes or function with Lakers: ‘I wish to win’

Final season was arguably the very best yr of JaVale McGee’s profession, not less than from a person standpoint. In 75 appearances because the beginning heart for the Los Angeles Lakers final season, McGee averaged profession highs in factors, defensive field plus-minus and VORP.

This season has been a bit of totally different for McGee to date, each in function and manufacturing. McGee continues to be the crew’s beginning heart, however he’s been totally outplayed by Dwight Howard to begin the season and, consequently, is taking part in greater than 4 minutes lower than Howard.

McGee isn’t too involved about it, although. After the Lakers’ win over the Miami Warmth, he stated that he desires to do no matter it takes to assist his crew win.

”Effectively, a yr in the past, we weren’t successful,” McGee stated. “So it’s your priorities, you recognize what I’m saying? I wish to win. So if that’s what we’ve acquired to do to win, that’s what we’ve acquired to do.

”Being in Golden State led to a mindset the place I’m not apprehensive about minutes. I’m apprehensive about if these minutes work to win the sport, then I’m down for it. If we’re shedding and that is taking place then it’s a unique state of affairs, however you’ll be able to’t complain about minutes if you’re successful.”

That mindset paid of him for on Friday, when he completed with 9 factors, 10 rebounds and a team-high internet ranking of +62.5 on an evening the place Howard was struggling to make an impression. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel praised McGee for his function in holding the Warmth to a season-low 80 factors.

”He was terrific,” Vogel stated of McGee. “He begins the sport for us and clearly provides us rim safety and size on the basket. Dwight and JaVale are each doing a very good job getting out to the 3-point line as effectively, and also you want that in right now’s NBA. That’s the No. 1 3-point capturing crew within the NBA and we held them to 17%. That’s 5 guys dedicated to that.

“JaVale is holding balls alive offensively, he’s a lob menace on the basket. You must guard him down there. He made a big effect in that third quarter, we normally get him out concerning the six or seven-minute mark, however he was doing so effectively we rode him all the way down to the three or four-minute mark.”

McGee credited how briskly the Lakers have purchased in on the defensive finish to the veterans on the crew.

“I believe we’re underrated on the quantity of vets that we have now,” McGee stated. “Our locker room is nice, all of us hang around, all of us speak, all of us talk, there’s no one that doesn’t speak to anyone. So it’s extra than simply basketball. We’re actually mates and we actually present it on the market on the courtroom that we actually assist one another.”

Howard confirmed his assist for McGee with an Instagram put up after the sport:

So long as McGee retains the identical glass-half-full mindset, he ought to return to kind very quickly.

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