LOS ANGELES, California – It was showtime in Los Angeles as Hollywood converged with the biggest names in basketball. The Western Conference ended up winning the high-scoring game with hometown Laker Kobe Bryant getting the MVP in the 60th NBA All-Star Game. Washington Wizards All-Star JaVale McGee was in town to take part in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest against Blake Griffin as part of the Saturday Night festivities. He also spent time in Sony’s PlayStation Lounge gaming on PS3s. McGee talks about his favorite video games in this exclusive video interview.
Last season with eight dunks versus Atlanta (3/11), McGee recorded the most dunks in a game by a Wizard since dunks have been officially recorded as a stat (last 10 seasons). He took that slam dunk mentality to the 2011 NBA All-Star game going up against the best in the NBA.
With a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds in 30 minutes of play on 4/6/10 versus the Golden State Warriors, McGee became the first NBA player since Boston’s Kevin McHale (12/14/84) to record 25+ points and 15+ rebounds as a reserve in less than 31 minutes of play.
McGee participated in the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas in 2009 and 2010, and was tabbed as one of 15 finalists for the 12-man USA Men’s Basketball team for the 2010 World Championships.
Last season, he averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 60 games (19 starts) for Washington. He tied with Brendan Haywood with a team-high 101 blocked shots. He also established a new career-high with 19 games started. McGee improved on his rookie season marks with a new career-high .508 fg%, 4.0 rpg average, and 1.7 bpg average. He ranked ninth in the NBA in blocks per game, and first in blocks per 48 minutes (5.01).
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John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.