Tracy McGrady RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
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.
Jermaine O’Neal: Bringing in the new year with a couple of my brothers in London with our beautiful wives! Man it seems like yesterday that we all were getting drafted from high school to the pros! I feel blessed to have life long relationships that’s real. #London #HighSchoolToThePros #BringingTheNewYearsInWithLoveOnes #TheOneals #TheHarringtons #TheMcGradys #Nobu http://instagram.com/p/xQbAGNHK7u/
Tracy McGrady: I know you all may have read the Bleacher Report article but I have no plans on coming back to the NBA. I’m a happily retired man. Always appreciate the love you all give but my playing days are no more. Onto other ventures.
09 Dec 14
“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.”
The back spasms that sabotaged his prime seasons are gone. The left knee pain that took away his speed has disappeared. He is fresh. He is certain if he works extra hard and gets into what he calls “tip-top” shape, he can matter for a team again. “I’m better than half the damn league, anyway,” he will later grumble.
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.
If only T-Mac could find a team that agrees with him. Even Williams, who fondly remembers the back-to-back NBA scoring titles McGrady had for his Magic a decade ago, sighs softly when asked about the comeback. “Tracy has milked every bit of basketball talent out of his body,” Williams says. “There’s nothing left.”
03 Dec 14
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.
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.”
“[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.”
Steve Kyler: I asked Tracy MCGrady if in hindsight he felt he put in enough work to be great. He was said you don’t lead the league scoring without work. Tracy said has no aspirations to return to the NBA, not looking to coach or get into TV. Still young enough to play, just not interested. Tracy said his kids like to watch old games of him and really allow him to reflect on his career through them.
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.
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.”
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!’”
Not many people outside of Michael Jordan have been on the rosters of both a team in the NBA Finals and a minor league baseball team in the same year. But once McGrady retired after a 16-year career in which he averaged 19.6 points per game and made seven All-Star teams, he set out to fulfill another dream. “I played in the NBA for 16 years,” he said Saturday. “And in the back of my mind for 16 years, I wanted to play baseball in some form or fashion.”
McGrady, who played baseball until his senior year in high school after which he immediately began a 16-year NBA career, took the mound Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent-league team located in a Houston suburb. The 34-year-old’s pitching line courtesy of Mike Ashmore: 1 2/3 innings, 35 pitches (18 strikes/17 balls), 2 earned runs, 2 walks and he allowed a home run by Somerset Patriots shortstop Edwin Maysonet.
“Me and Roy Hibbert had the same amount of points and rebounds tonight,” Tracy McGrady joked on Twitter. The seven-time All-Star forward retired last year and is now pursuing a career in minor-league baseball.
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.”