HoopsHype Tracy McGrady rumors

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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.” 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.” Basketball Insiders

August 3, 2014 Updates

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. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

July 26, 2014 Updates

Paul George: Kobe, TMac, and Penny RT @tconn2: @Paul_George24 who was your favorite NBA player growing up? Twitter @Paul_George24

July 17, 2014 Updates

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. NBCSports.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

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." Newark Star-Ledger

June 22, 2014 Updates

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!’” Newsday

May 11, 2014 Updates

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. SI.com

May 6, 2014 Updates

“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. SI.com

April 24, 2014 Updates

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." Local 10 Miami

April 23, 2014 Updates

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has made the opening day roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters as a pitcher, manager Gary Gaetti told KRIV-TV in Houston on Wednesday. "Tracy is on the team," Gaetti told KRIV. "He's just done what needed to be done since the idea came about. He showed enough progress. He showed enough ability and we're going to see where this goes." Gaetti told KRIV that he didn't make the decision to keep McGrady on the roster until Wednesday. The Skeeters open the regular season Thursday against Lancaster. ESPN.com

March 10, 2014 Updates

The Sugar Land Skeeters have invited the 34-year-old McGrady to spring training, giving him a chance to earn a spot on the independent Atlantic League team. A seven-time NBA All-Star, McGrady has been training to become a pitcher with the team. "We're intrigued by the progress Tracy has made thus far and really commend him for putting in the work," Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti said. ESPN.com

March 6, 2014 Updates

General Manager Chris Jones, Manager Gary Gaetti and Tal Smith, an adviser to the team, looked at one another as McGrady pitched. They knew this was different, and better, than what they had anticipated. “This is not a gimmick,” McGrady said recently. “I do know the sport. I feel I have the talent.” New York Times

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