JaVale McGee on reduced playing time: “A year ago, we weren’t winning”

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The Los Angeles Lakers big man JaVale McGee started in all eight games this season but played more than four minutes less than center Dwight Howard and six minutes less than last year:

“Well, a year ago, we weren’t winning. So it’s your priorities, you know what I’m saying? I want to win. So if that’s what we’ve got to do to win, that’s what we’ve got to do.

Being in Golden State led to a mindset where I’m not worried about minutes. I’m worried about if these minutes work to win the game, then I’m down for it. If we’re losing and this is happening then it’s a different situation, but you can’t complain about minutes when you’re winning,” McGee said, per Silver Screen and Roll.

This season, McGee is averaging 5.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest. Howard, meanwhile, is averaging 6.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.