Jason Maxiell more than a supportive teammate

Jason Maxiell's wife, Brandi, is appearing on this season of VH1's Basketball Wives.

That is usually something I try to ignore. And, reading some of Brandi's comments, it seems like some of the participants could do without the cattyness and "drama" drummed up on that show.

Maxiell is not the typical participant on the show. She said she is going on the show to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer, which she is a survivor of. In an interview with Chantal Waldholz last week in Life & Style Weekly, Brandi explained how important Jason's support was in her battle:

My mom thought I was so bad. She had to cover up mirrors in my house because I couldn’t look at myself. I was like, ‘Who is this person?’ I lost so much weight.

I was just devastated. I just wanted to shave my hair off at the beginning because I knew it was going to come out.

He visited me every week in Dallas [she was there during treatment]…he shaved his hair off and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ Those are like the moments I remember.

Brandi Maxiell was diagnosed in 2007 and is now cancer free. This is fantastic news.

And it is great to hear Brandi Maxiell doing what she can to raise awareness for something that has obviously touched her and Jason's life. It appears Maxiell is more than just a supportive mentor in the Magic locker room, but also a supporting husband in his wife's darkest days and deepest struggles. You can see why the Magic wanted him around the locker room.

As Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel noted last week, Maxiell has remained positive despite playing very little since 2014 started. Maxiell has appeared in just two games since Jan. 28 totalling about 9.5 minutes. He played six minutes in the Magic's loss to the Wizards on Friday.

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