Like any kid playing basketball, JaVale McGee imitated his idols when messing around on the court. Her son, JaVale, is playing for the Dallas Mavericks in his eighth season in the league. The younger McGee, then 9 years old, sat behind the Monarchs' bench, watching and learning from his mom. Broncos' Jackson: NFL making example of us, Hill, Mahomes combine for record showing in win, Shanahan upset over suddenness of county ban, Jaguars fire GM Caldwell after 10th straight loss, Source: WR Snead joins Ravens positive for virus, Hayward move to Hornets set via sign-and-trade, NFL Week 12 takeaways: Concerns for Raiders, Cardinals after tough losses, Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff, Five things every NBA rookie should know heading into the 2020-21 season. That sentiment is echoed by the former WNBA player: "He has no clue what I did as a basketball player," she said. She won Olympic gold before starting a professional career that took her to Brazil, France, Italy and Spain. She lives in Annandale, Virginia. His father, George Montgomery, is a retired basketball player. The McGees, we do basketball,” Pam says. In 1985, he was a second-round pick of the Trail Blazers, but he never played in the NBA. Thanks to the WNBA, thousands of young girls across the country found role models on the professional level. That will change when Candace Parker, the top pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, suits up this month. Girls no longer only heard stories of the greatness of Nancy Lieberman or waited until the Olympics to watch Teresa Weatherspoon, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes and scores of other budding stars. Still, the draft hopeful doesn't remember many details about watching his mom. But there was no "Coop" in the NBA in those days. In that inaugural season, Pamela McGee joined seven other mothers playing in the WNBA. He can be reached via e-mail at Jeremy.R.Lundblad@espn.com. Spurs reserve forward Ime Udoka and his sister Mfon are the only brother-sister combo in NBA-WNBA history. He was born on January 19, 1988, in Flint city in Michigan, United States. "Big" George Montgomery was a force at Illinois in the early 1980s. McGee is the first WNBA player to have a child play in the NBA and WNBA. JaVale McGee reflects on growing up around the game of basketball with his Mother, Pamela McGee, former WNBA player and sister WNBA player Imani Boyette. Like his mom, his father also had an impressive career. "Mom's Got Game" will explore the dynamic relationship between these two larger-than-life basketball superstars. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. A former WNBA Hall of Famer, Pam is known for being domineering both on and off the court. That will change next fall when McGee will suit up for his NBA debut, just like he watched his mother do in the WNBA 11 years ago. Dallas Wings center Imani McGee-Stafford is stepping away for the next two WNBA seasons to pursue a law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where she grew up. Most notably, Karl Malone's daughter is Cheryl Ford, last year's WNBA All-Star Game MVP. 52-year-old Pamela McGee a former basketaball player for the WNBA and mother of Nugget's JaVale Mcgee has had many ups and downs in her career and personal life. His mother, Pamela McGee, is a retired professional women’s basketball player and assistant coach. JaVale McGee held the distinction of being the eldest of the children, most of whom were still infants. He was 11 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. His mother's fame never was something he thought much about. AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What's next for each ranked team? Pam McGee is the first WBNA star to have a son play in the NBA, and now, she and JaVale are appearing in a new show called “Mom’s Got Game,” airing this month on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Also, Trail Blazers 2007 draft pick Rudy Fernandez is the brother of Marta, who plays for the Sparks. After eight years of playing overseas, Pamela McGee was 34 years old with two children when the WNBA launched in 1997. From the age of 9 months, you could find him in the gym with his mother, in a stroller next to the bench. "He's realized his dream.". (It was the mid-'90s, after all). Prior to her WNBA career, she and her twin sister Paula played college basketball at the University of Southern California, where they won two NCAA Division One championship. The Nevada sophomore not only is on the verge of becoming an NBA lottery pick but also will become the first WNBA offspring drafted into the NBA. He also was one of only three sons. With that, McGee became the first mother to have a WNBA and NBA draft pick as a former WNBA player. They were live on television every week in the WNBA. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. That philosophy is reflected in how he plays the game today. "Coooooooop," he'd chant, then start raising the roof. But never before has the son of a WNBA player suited up in the NBA. In 2012, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. JaVale McGee comes from a family of athletes. 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It boggles JaVale’s mind to think that his mother, Pamela McGee, and her twin sister Paula, both former USC stars, worked so hard at the sport growing up in … She would know. That included Sheryl Swoopes, who gave birth during the season and is still an active player. Humble Beginnings. With Pamela as his financial manager, JaVale jumped to the NBA in 2008 after two seasons at Nevada, while McGee-Stafford—like her mother three decades prior—saw basketball as her gateway to a college degree before realizing she was WNBA material. JaVale, a center for the Denver Nuggets, has a reputation for being a colorful and eccentric character -- and also one with incredible athleticism and skill. "We are so much alike, it’s eerie,” Pamela said of Imani. Despite her age, she jumped at the chance to play back home, and the Sacramento Monarchs selected her with the second overall pick in the 1997 WNBA draft. McGee has a daughter, current WNBA player Imani McGee-Stafford and a son, NBA player and NBA champion JaVale McGee, currently with the Los Angeles Lakers. Their mom, Pamela McGee, … Instead, it was, "That's my mom, she plays basketball.". "As a single mother, you just always sit back and say, 'That's my baby,'" Pamela said. "She never really made me go to the post," McGee said. Her brother is Raptors guard Anthony Parker. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) But girls weren't the only ones finding heroes in the newly formed league. The 7-foot center shot over 35 percent from beyond the arc in his college career. McGee learned the game by watching his mom and the European style of play. His mother, Pamela McGee, is a former WNBA star who played for the Los Angeles Sparks and the Sacramento Monarchs. It was clear from an early age that McGee was blessed with his parents' size. Lakers center JaVale McGee poses for a photo with his mom, former USC star Pamela McGee, during a game between USC and Nevada on Dec. 1, 2018, at the Galen Center. McGee was mimicking Cynthia Cooper, his mom's teammate in Europe and a future WNBA star. " JaVale McGee’s full birth name is JaVale Lindy McGee. The elder McGee starred, along with twin sister Paula, on back-to-back NCAA championship teams at USC. McGee was mimicking Cynthia Cooper, his mom's teammate in Europe and a future WNBA star. The forward/center played two seasons with the Monarchs and L.A. Sparks before retiring prior to the 1999 season.