Who is JaVale McGee's mom? Mother-son duo become first to win gold in Olympic basketball

Joshua Rogers August 7, 2021
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Team USA have beaten France in the gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics. Denver Nuggets star JaVale McGee is part of Team USA, and by winning joins his mother Pamela McGee in becoming the first mother-son to win Olympic gold. Here’s more on JaVale’s mother and father.

Team USA wins Olympics gold

Team USA has won their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal after beating France 87-82 in Tokyo.

Kevin Durant led the way in scoring once again, finishing with 29 points.

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The 32-year-old Brooklyn Nets star have been Team USA’ shining light throughout the Olympics, even had a rocky start.

Afterwards, he said: “You realise, you know, you finished the job, you get the gold medal, you get the trophy, but when you go through that journey, it’s just incredible to be a part of something so special. I’m bonded to these guys for life.”

JaVale McGee and his mother become first mother-son duo to win gold in basketball

In winning the gold medal, Denver Nuggets star JaVale McGee, and his mother, Pamela McGee, became the first mother and son to win gold medal in Olympic history.

Pamela was a member of the 1984 squad that defeated South Korea 85-55 to win gold at the Olympics.

More on JaVale McGee’s mother

JaVale McGee’s mother, Pamela, is a WNBA Hall of Famer and USC Trojans legend. She is the only former WNBA player who have children play in the NBA and WNBA.

JaVale’s younger sister Imani McGee-Stafford played in the WNBA from 2016 to 2019.

After winning back-to-back NCAA championships with USC in 1983 and 1984, Pamela McGee played for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League and for the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Who is JaVale’s father?

JaVale McGee’s biological father is George Montgomery. However, Montgomery was not involved in raising McGee, according to MLive

The Portland Trail Blazers took George Montgomery with the 39th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Montgomery never played any NBA games. 

He played college basketball at Illinois from 1981-85 and earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors as the Illini won the Big Ten title and reached the Elite Eight. 

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.