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JaVale McGee and his mother Pam are getting a reality show

Eric Freeman
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JaVale McGee is ready for his closeup (Garrett Ellwood/ Getty).

America just can't get enough of Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. From his zany plays to his athletic highlights, McGee is a natural entertainer, enough so that he can honestly be compared to a professional clown without it coming across as an insult. While the general public may not be entirely familiar with him, he's the kind of person whom people want to see once they become acquainted with his style.

So, naturally, he's going to get a reality show. From the OWN network's press release (via TBJ):

The new OWN series "Millionaire Mama's Boy" explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pamela is not only JaVale's mom, she's also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. Meanwhile, Pamela's managing her own life, which consists of her equally fabulous single girlfriends who also have sons coming up in the league. When Pamela needs someone to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her girls. Like Pamela, they are single mothers raising their sons while dating and chasing their own ambitions. [...]

Like any good mother, Pamela is a force to be reckoned with, and no one is going to stop Mama McGee from taking care of her own. After all, she is basketball royalty herself. They may be crazy, loud and a little wild, but family's what it's all about for the McGees and their friends. Ultimately, it's a show about family, love and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son; all seven feet of him.

So, OK, it's actually a reality show about Pam McGee, but that is in no way a disappointment. For all his craziness, JaVale is most compelling on the basketball court. Pam, apart from being one of the best women's basketball players ever, is fascinating off the court, too. In the past few years alone, she has kissed Julius Erving on the lips at the dunk contest, put on an amazing show of intensity from her courtside seat, and defended her son at every opportunity. She's an intense, unique woman. Frankly, I wish she'd had a reality show years ago.

Plus, if the description is accurate at all, then JaVale will be a big part of the show. Maybe he and his mother will go on Segway rides, or make viral videos for no reason, or provide a handy guide to retweeting your own tweets. These two are full of life lessons.

So, if you're interested, contact your cable provider to make sure you get OWN. Finally, we all have a non-Lance Armstrong reason to watch.

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