Pamela McGee

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Pamela McGee
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Pan American
Gold 1983 Pan Am Caracas, Venezuela Team Competition
FIBA World Championship for Women
Silver 1983 World Championships Rio de Janeiro Team Competition
Jones Cup
Gold 1984 Jones Cup Taipei, Taiwan Team Competition
Women’s basketball
Gold 1984 Olympics Los Angeles Team Competition

Pamela McGee (born December 1, 1962) is an American retired professional women's basketball player and assistant coach. At age 34, Pamela was the second overall pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft. She played in the league for two seasons with the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks.

McGee grew up in Flint, Michigan, where she attended Flint Southwestern Academy before graduating from Flint Northern High School.

Pamela won back-to-back NCAA Championships as an All-American at the University of Southern California, where she was a teammate of twin sister Paula, and Cynthia Cooper and Cheryl Miller. In 1984, she won Olympic gold in Los Angeles before embarking on a professional career that included stints in Brazil, France, Italy and Spain.

USA Basketball[edit]

McGee was selected to be a member of the team representing the USA at the 1983 Pan American Games held in Caracas, Venezuela. The team won all five games to earn the gold medal for the event. McGee averaged 3.4 points per game.[1]

McGee played for the USA National team in the 1983 World Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team won six games, but lost two against the Soviet Union. In an opening round game, the USA team had a nine point lead at halftime, but the Soviets came back to take the lead, and a final shot by the USA failed to drop,leaving the USSR team with a one point victory 85–84. The USA team won their next four games, setting up the gold medal game against USSR. This game was also close, and was tied at 82 points each with six seconds to go in the game. The Soviets Elena Chausova received the inbounds pass and hit the game winning shot in the final seconds, giving the USSR team the gold medal with a score of 84–82. The USA team earned the silver medal. McGee averaged 4.2 points per game.[2]

In 1984, the USA sent its National team to the 1984 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan, for pre-Olympic practice. The team easily beat each of the eight teams they played, winning by an average of just under 50 points per game. McGee averaged 6.5 points per game.[3]

She continued with the national team to represent the USA at the 1984 Olympics. The team won all six games to claim the gold medal. McGee averaged 6.2 points per game.[4]


McGee has two children; a daughter, Imani, and a son, JaVale. Imani plays basketball for the University of Texas at Austin. Javale McGee plays with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. She is the first WNBA player to have a child play in the NBA.[5] In 2000, she was inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame. She lives in Inglewood, California.[6]


  1. ^ "NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "NINTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 Apr 2014. 
  3. ^ "1984 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mother-son legacy a first for WNBA/NBA - NBA - ESPN". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "2000 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame -- Pamela McGee". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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