LeBron James Explains Why He Wanted JaVale McGee on the Lakers

JaVale McGee. Photo by Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

It isn’t much of a secret that most of the signings that the Los Angeles Lakers made this off season was according to Lebron James’ wishes. It turns out that one of the players that James really wanted to play with in Los Angeles was former Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, and he ended up getting his wish fulfilled by the Lakers’ front office.

Now, in case you are wondering why would the best basketball player in the world want to play with McGee, James decided to offer an explanation.

I played against him in the last two NBA Finals,” – LeBron James told The Associated Press. “And I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings. It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this.”

It turns out that James knew what he was doing since JaVale McGee was more than solid for the Lakers so far. In 20 games he played in this season, McGee averaged a career-high 12.7 points and 2.9 blocks per game while grabbing 6.2 rebounds.