As JaVale McGee flipped through the pages of his new contract and signed multiple copies of the life-changing agreement, he kept his emotions in check.

The same couldn’t be said of Pamela McGee.

“My mother’s always more excited than I am,” JaVale McGee said Thursday. “When I was signing, she started to cry. I didn’t know if I was supposed to cry or not. I had those feelings in me but I’m not a big crier. It was a humbling moment.”