HoopsHype Tracy McGrady rumors

October 20, 2013 Updates

Though he admits he never actually “crossed that line,” the now retired 16-year NBA vet revealed he considered using PEDs to regain not just his ailing knee health, but confidence. “I read up on it and saw the side effects,” he told Ernie Johnson on NBA TV’s open court, referring to why he decided not to go down that path. SportsGrid.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

``Honestly, when I’m sitting home and I don’t have anything to watch on TV, I pop those tapes in from the playoffs with the Magic and watch them,’’ McGrady said on Thursday. ``I’ll probably do it three or four times a week. I’ll watch those games from Orlando and Houston, watch my playoff games and reflect on what I was doing out there. When you are in the moment like that, you don’t fully grasp it. But now that I can sit back and analyze it, and see stretches where I scored like 15 straight points, I kind of amaze myself with some of the stuff that I was able to accomplish.’’ Many of those same highlights will be shown on the Amway Center video board when McGrady will be honored by the Magic on Opening Night on Nov. 1 before the home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. As part of their 25th anniversary season, the Magic plan on bringing back and honoring several of the top players from the franchise’s history. NBA.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

When we came in, it appeared that T-Mac was just finishing a conversation with GM Daryl Morey when James Harden walked over to him. They talked for some time, then Dwight Howard came over. Howard and McGrady spoke for about 20 minutes. T-Mac did not speak to the media. I’m told he just came to hang out, though obviously you wonder if there is some other reason. “Gettin’ some knowledge, gettin’ some knowledge,” said Harden of his talk with McGrady. “What he did here and how can he help me and how can I better myself as a basketball player and as a person? It’s always good to get the advice from the older guys who have been here and done that. It kind of helps me out. I just sit back and listen.” Clutchfans

September 25, 2013 Updates

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has made it clear that he has no intention of playing in the Chinese basketball league again. There were reports that the seven-time NBA all-star was in talks with several Chinese basketball clubs over the salary issue, reports Xinhua. “That’s not the truth because I have no intention of playing in the NBA or the CBA,” McGrady said on Sina Weibo, Chinese equivalent of Twitter. SportsKeeda

September 21, 2013 Updates

Seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady retired from the National Basketball Association last month yet is hoping for another win when the Biloxi Council votes on financing for a minor league baseball stadium in the city. It isn't certain when that vote to back a $21 million bond to build a stadium will come. But McGrady, 34, is putting his money behind the project as an investor and part-owner of the baseball team. "This will be a dream come true. It's a lifelong vision of mine to be a part of baseball," he said in a phone interview with the Sun Herald. "I made it in basketball but I always wanted to play baseball, If a ballpark comes out of this I'll be more than pleased." Sun Herald

It might seem unusual for a basketball star to back a baseball team, but T-Mac, as McGrady is popularly known, was a two-sport star at Auburndale High School in central Florida and aspired to play baseball in the major leagues. "I love baseball. That was my first love," McGrady said. "Even to this day I love baseball more than I love basketball. People from my hometown would understand that." Sun Herald

September 17, 2013 Updates
September 14, 2013 Updates

He didn’t stay, of course. McGrady, who grew up in tiny Auburndale, Fla., fled to nearby Orlando only months after his 21st birthday, and his return trips to the Air Canada Centre would be accompanied by the vicious boos of a jilted populous. But more than 13 years later, in the days since he announced his retirement from the NBA last month at age 34, McGrady has been looking back fondly on his time in the NBA’s Canadian outpost. “In hindsight, looking back, obviously I wish I had stayed in Toronto,” McGrady was saying in a recent telephone interview from his home in the Houston area. “There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship. I think about that often. But if ‘if’ was a fifth, you know?” Toronto Star

“There’s no doubt we would have won that series if I would have been there,” McGrady said. “We had incredible camaraderie. You can’t duplicate that, man. Big brothers, little brothers — we had a mix. And me and Vince were in the perfect situation. You’ve got the two young superstars and you’ve got these old vets. They were our force field. They protected us from anything that happened on that basketball court. They did all the dirty work. And all we had to do was just concentrate on putting the ball in the hoop and guarding who we were guarding. It was just such a great time in my career. “Had I been a little older and wiser and knew what was ahead of me, I would have stayed, no doubt, with those guys. But that was some of the best times of my life, man. Being with (Charles) Oakley and Kevin Willis and Antonio Davis, Muggsy (Bogues), Dell Curry, Dee Brown. Man. I still talk to a lot of those guys to this day. Because I appreciated how they looked out for me. They were all professionals.” Toronto Star

September 5, 2013 Updates

Tracy McGrady was one of the most elite scorers in the NBA during his relatively short-lived prime. He averaged 26.1 points per game over an eight-year span with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, but injuries sent his career downhill in a hurry. Despite that, T-Mac recently hinted that he believes he was as good as Kobe Bryant during his best years. “Numbers don’t lie. I was in the conversation of being one of the best in the league,” McGrady told FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports on Wednesday. “Whether I was better than Kobe, or he was better than me … I was in the conversation and it didn’t matter at the time. I was playing at a high level and was very confident when I was on the court.” Larry Brown Sports

September 4, 2013 Updates

Another team denies inviting T-Mac for the new season. Sichuan Whale is mostly thought as the new CBA team in the next season, and some reporters said the team will sign T-Mac for their first CBA season, but the GM of Sichuan told hupu on the phone that they didn't contact T-Mac. In July, T-Mac went to Sichuan for an exhibition game, and he did some training in Sichuan's arena. Sichuan GM told Tracy, "If we play in the CBA the next season, Will you join us?" But it was meant as a joke. hupu.com

September 3, 2013 Updates

In the wake of Tracy McGrady's announcement last week of retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA), rumors and speculations of him joining a Chinese team keeps popping up in sports sections. The Sichuan Jinqiang Whale from the minor National Basketball League (NBL) have stayed in close touch with the former NBA superstar, and is "highly likely" to bring him in if the team cracks into the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) next season, Chengdu Business Daily reported on Tuesday, citing sources from the club as well as McGrady's team. China Daily

August 31, 2013 Updates

Tracy McGrady: Hell of an article actually.. Great job @BillSimmons http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9616069/the-unfortunate-tale-t-mac?ex_cid=facebook … Twitter

August 30, 2013 Updates

Tracy McGrady? He's the guy who never made it to the second round. And yet, just two weeks ago, Kobe Bryant told Jimmy Kimmel in front of 5,000 people that McGrady was his toughest opponent ever. Not LeBron, not Wade, not Pierce, not Durant. T-Mac. Was that a passive-aggressive dig at LeBron? Did Kobe really mean it? After McGrady retired this week, I couldn't resist texting Kobe to ask him. Was it true? Was T-Mac really the most talented player Kobe ever played against? His response: "No question." Grantland

But McGrady wasn't a natural leader. His personality never matched his talents, Morey believed, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. For his first three Houston seasons, it fell upon coach Jeff Van Gundy to supply that leadership — by default — and as Morey accurately points out, you never want your team drawing its entire personality and toughness from someone wearing a suit. (Even in Chicago, where the Bulls assumed Tom Thibodeau's rugged personality over these last three years, that wouldn't work if lunch-pail guys like Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler weren't involved.) After Morey fired Van Gundy before the 2007-08 season, new hire Rick Adelman was hoping McGrady would take on a bigger leadership role. Grantland

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