Last season, JaVale McGee won his third NBA championship, prompting him to request that people only refer to him ass “Pierre 3x” from that point on. McGee was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason but like his teammate Danny Green, who was also traded in the offseason, he’ll get his championship ring eventually.
Unlike Green, though, McGee isn’t going to wait get his ring in front of the fans at Staples Center. During a recent appearance on the podcast “Posted Up” with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, McGee made it clear that he’s getting his ring the moment he’s back in Los Angeles:
Haynes: If you had a choice, would you choose full arena or this year?
McGee: Oh, full arena! Full arena, for sure.
Haynes: So if you had a choice, you would wait til next season to get your ring?
McGee: No, no, give me my ring when I pull up. Nah, I ain’t waiting for next season.
Unfortunately for McGee, there’s no set date for his championship ring ceremony just yet. The Cavaliers don’t play the Lakers until the second half of the season, and the schedule for the second half of the season isn’t going to be released for another week or two, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarwoski of ESPN last week.
Whenever that day is, it’s doubtful that there will be fans in attendance, which is a shame because McGee would have definitely gotten a warm reception from Lakers fans for the two years he spent with the team. While McGee wasn’t one of the stars of the Lakers’ championship run, he played his role well — particularly in the regular season — and was a consummate professional in the locker room.
Hopefully, whether it’s this year or next year, Lakers fans will be able to celebrate McGee the way he deserves to be.