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Nuggets’ JaVale McGee drawing inspriation from mom

DENVER — While JaVale McGee got in early foul trouble during Game 6 at Pepsi Center, the Denver Nuggets were able to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers to tie up the best-of-seven series at three games apiece.

 Since being traded to the Nuggets from Washington, JaVale has shown signs of promise with an array of dazzling dunks and blocks. Often on the receiving end of alley-oop passes from Andre Miller, McGee is blossoming with much better coaching and because he is playing with a few veteran players, like Miller and Al Harrington.

“He has always had incredible ability,” said JaVale’s mom, Pam McGee, the first WNBA player to have a son in the NBA. “But now, with better coaching and players, he is doing things that make us say, ‘Where did that shot or move come from?”

JaVale says he sees his mom in the stands, usually under the basket, cheering him on.

“Definitely, she’s an aggressive woman with a very good basketball mind on the sidelines, so it’s really good having her here,” said JaVale.

Pam says she doesn’t know how to handle his new-found success, and has high hopes for her son’s future, and the future of the Nuggets.

“Those kids are very scary, I’m just telling you as a coach and player, those guys if kept together…and you got to understand JaVale has only been with the team a short time…with a training camp and keeping the team together the sky is the limit.”