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Podcast: JaVale McGee fits perfectly with LeBron James, Lakers

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JaVale McGee has some physical limitations, but he is still a really solid player and can definitely help the Lakers.

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Over the course of his career, JaVale McGee has become something of a punchline in NBA analysis. A lot of this is unfair ribbing due to Shaquille O’Neal beating jokes into the ground, and both Pete and I believe he’ll be a solid fit for a Los Angeles Lakers team in dire need of a center.

So as we head into the weekend, we discussed McGee not just as a player and for his fit on this team, but also in regards to some of the at-times unfair jokes that get levied against him. He’s a two-time champion, and while he owes a lot of that to the juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors, he also played positive roles on both those championship runs.

Before we get into details, though, here’s a brief refresher on the format of the series:

In segment one, we discuss the season(s) the player had to get them to where they are now. That kind of context is critical in properly setting expectations moving forward.

Segment two covers what we’d like to see from the player individually.

Then, in the the third segment, we figure out how those individual expectations fit into the team construct.

McGee probably won’t do too much actual improving seeing as he’s on the other side of 30 now, but there are some minor tweaks he could make to his game that would really help whichever team he plays for. These were fun to go over.

In the final segment, Pete and I really hash out the Lakers’ center rotation. There’s quite a bit to get to there. Oh, and we celebrate you, the Lakers fan base.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.