OAKLAND – JaVale McGee will have a new look when he goes up for one-handed dunks with the Warriors this year. He now has a facsimile of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy tattooed on the inside of his right forearm.
McGee said he added his latest tattoo while in New York City recently, right before coming to Warriors’ training camp. It’s a demure tattoo considering some of his others, measuring not more than three inches, but will be clearly visible when he performs his specialties around the rim this season.
“I was planning on getting it but I just didn’t know who could do it,” McGee said. “When I was in New York there’s a certain tattoo artist who’s really good at detail with smaller tattoos, so I had to go to him.”
The 7-foot center had real fun with the actual trophy when it was his turn to take it back to his hometown of Flint, Mich., earlier this month. McGee sent out a video on Instagram pretending to take the championship trophy into a pawn shop. He didn’t actually go through with it.
“I probably wouldn’t have got much,” he said. “They probably wouldn’t have known the value of the Larry O’Brien trophy. How much is the Larry O’Brien trophy really worth? I know it’s not all gold, it’s plated … probably $5,000, who knows?”
McGee was relaxed and jovial in his first meeting with the Bay Area media during training camp and promised more of the same this season, only better because he’s more comfortable and familiar with the system and his teammates.”
“There are other things I can do but they probably won’t be used because we have four All-Stars,” he said. “The five isn’t the scoring position on this team, so I’m just going to keep running the floor, blocking shots, rebounding and catching spectacular alley oops.”
He’d love to add another Larry O’Brien tattoo. He has says he has room.
“Obviously,” he said. “My arm’s long enough.”
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