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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

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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

Adelman was a more laid-back coach, Morey explains, someone who'd rather delegate to his players. So they met with McGrady to tell him that they needed his help. What happened? McGrady politely turned them down. He just wasn't wired that way, he told them. "So who did everyone consider the team's leader during your 22-game winning streak?" I asked Daryl. "Probably Chuck Hayes," Daryl said. Grantland

"Your best player has to set the tone, without question," Van Gundy explains. "If he doesn't do that, then it has to be the head coach. But it's better if the player has it. Tracy was never a leader, but he was a helluva basketball player. If you coached him or coached against him, you would have a much different view. McGrady made people better — he was a great, great passer. Wasn't a great shooter, but he was a great scorer, could guard, pass, was smart, rebounded. He could do everything. I mean, even Bryant came out and said some nice things … it's not like Kobe Bryant goes out and blows smoke up people's ass." Grantland

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Butch Carter, who coached McGrady in Toronto, remembered him as a prodigy who changed his presumptions about talent development. “Tracy convinced me that some guys don’t need to go to college to be pros,” Butch Carter said. “He was totally committed to his craft. ... By the second half of his third (and final) season in Toronto, he was consistently the best player in practice.” That’d be the best player on the Raptors including Vince Carter. “T-Mac was just awesome for me,” Butch Carter said. “Considering where Tracy McGrady came from and what he accomplished, it’s miraculous. Because Tracy had none of the support systems guys normally get to give them a chance. He was taken out of a small Florida hometown, shipped off to (a prep school in) North Carolina when he’d never been away from home. And then shipped to a foreign country. Tracy McGrady is the first high school player that had to play in a foreign country.” Toronto Star

“At his peak, I defy anybody that played against him, coached against him, played with him or coached with him, to tell me he wasn’t an all-time great,” Jeff Van Gundy, who coached McGrady in Houston, said in a phone interview. “People are going to look at the lack of playoff success and say, ‘He wasn’t a winner.’ But so much of whether you win or lose in the playoffs is based on who you play with, who you play against, and health.” Toronto Star

“It does go by fast,” Van Gundy said, speaking of McGrady’s coming and going from the basketball’s biggest stage. “You look back on it, McGrady leaves, and it’s like, ‘Did Vince Carter really get traded for Alonzo Mourning with a bad kidney?’ You’re sitting there saying, really? You look at Toronto and it’s a great, great basketball town. ... They could have had some championship teams up there if they’d stayed together.” Toronto Star

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Leaving open the door to play overseas, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA on Monday. "It's been 16 years playing the game I love. I've had a great run but it's time for it to come to an end," McGrady said on ESPN's "First Take." ESPN.com

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