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Tracy McGrady
Tracy McGrady
Position: None
Born: 05/24/79
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Paul Pierce on Tracy McGrady: Since there was no way to stop Tracy’s shot, you just had to do everything you could to make sure he didn’t get in a position to shoot. So I would always do my best to deny Tracy the ball and be physical with him. I always knew that I couldn’t allow easy points in transition against him because then he might heat up. And if a guy with an unblockable shot heats up, well, that’s not good. But limiting transition points against a guy with the physical talent of Tracy was just a nightmare. He was such a tremendous finisher. He’s fast, he’s long and he could jump higher than anybody. And if that wasn’t enough, he was one of the better ball handlers in the league. He’s a rare talent, and when you were up against him, you knew you were in for a tough game because he always had the green light. Well, that’s something all these guys have in common.
via The Players' Tribune
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“The thing is, I can still go, man,” T-Mac says. He is driving from lunch to his daughter Layla’s junior high school volleyball game, but the workout is still on his mind. “My body is still in shape. I can go. It’s about opportunity, though. … I want no limits on who I am and what I can do, not stand in the corner and shoot jump shots,” he says. “I want to be involved, that’s not saying 10 to 15 shots, I want to be involved. I don’t want to stand in the corner and shoot threes. That’s not me.” The ideal team, T-Mac says, would be the Lakers. The Lakers are inexperienced. The Lakers need players. He could be the second star the Lakers must have to go with Bryant. “This Kobe,” he says. “I could play with him.”
via Bleacher Report
The China trip had been booked since January, so even if an NBA team had called on the phone he has left on a nearby bench, he would not have been able to attend its training camp. He won’t sign unless he goes through camp. That wouldn’t be doing it right. If there’s going to be a comeback—and it doesn’t seem there is—he is going to do it right. Still McGrady pushes through these workouts, because after 15 months away from the NBA there is something in these jump shots. His body feels young again.
via Bleacher Report
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Retired seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant late this summer in a Southern California gymnasium, testing the preparedness of his body for a possible NBA comeback attempt. “Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night. Bryant and McGrady, 35, worked out three days a week for a period of time in August, several sources, including McGrady, told Yahoo.
via Yahoo! Sports
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While he says that he could still play in the NBA or an overseas league, and admits that he sometimes wants to get back on the court, he’s no longer interested in putting in the necessary work to continue his career. “I am [at peace with my decision to retire],” McGrady told Basketball Insiders. “I am. At times I get that itch, the urge to go back and play. I still can, I’m young enough to still play. My body feels good; I haven’t played in a couple of years so my body feels great. It’s just the mental part of [not] having that drive to get back in that type of shape and to put that type of time and focus into it.”
via Basketball Insiders
“[Family] weighs a lot,” McGrady said. “Your kids get older, they get involved in more activities, and you want to be there to see them, whether its sports or school activities. You want to be there for those moments. You don’t want to miss out. You don’t get those back. I understand [what Ray Allen is going through]. … My kids help me reflect back [on my career]. My boys like to watch old video tapes of me. I [reflect] all the time.”
via Basketball Insiders
Former seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has been pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and last night, in what was apparently a planned move, he started the league’s All-Star game, participated in the Home Run Derby … and then announced his retirement. His starting the All-Star game was purely a stunt, because in four regular season appearances McGrady posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 10 batters in 6.2 innings without recording a single strikeout.
via NBCSports.com
For Carmelo Anthony to win a championship, Tracy McGrady believes the Knicks forward has to change his address — to Chicago. “I would like to see Melo in a Chicago Bulls uniform because it’s tailor-made for him to just fit in,” McGrady said on Monday in an interview with CSN Chicago. “[The] only thing they’re missing is a scorer. I played for [Bulls head coach Tom] Thibodeau. … What he’s done since becoming the Bulls’ coach has been phenomenal.”
via Newark Star-Ledger
He’s now a starting pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, an unaffiliated league with a talent level comparable to AA baseball. Normally, McGrady travels with the team. But with an early afternoon start in Central Islip Saturday, he was allowed to leave early on Friday in order to rest. So, McGrady made the drive with fellow pitcher Sean Gallagher. “He looked at me at one point in the car and was like, ‘You’ve been quiet the whole time,’” Gallagher said. “I was like, “Well, I mean, I’m riding in a car with Tracy McGrady!’”
via Newsday
The independent Atlantic League team, coached by former major leaguer Gary Gaetti, signed McGrady on Wednesday. The Skeeters begin their season on Thursday. The 34-year-old McGrady joined the Skeeters last week during training camp and flashed enough promise to warrant the team giving him a chance to realize his dream of playing in the major leagues. “It’s an honor to be a part of this club,” McGrady said in a statement. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game, but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”
via Local 10 Miami