HoopsHype Tracy McGrady rumors

July 26, 2014 Updates

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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

February 13, 2014 Updates

Baseball was Tracy McGrady's first love. His talent as a basketball player pushed baseball aside in high school, but he never gave up his dream to play again. So at age 34 after a 15-year career in the NBA, the 6-foot-8 McGrady is trying to earn a contract as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. ''This will be huge,'' he said Wednesday about the potential to play professional baseball. ''This will be so gratifying, even if I just go out there and pitch one inning the whole season this will be a dream that has come true for me.'' SI.com

McGrady now has flecks of gray in his beard, but recounted his affinity for baseball with childlike enthusiasm, repeating the words dream and love again and again. He used the gigantic hands and rangy fingers that helped him score more than 18,000 points in the NBA to grip and fidget with a pristine baseball as he spoke delightedly about the sport. ''I'm extremely confident in myself and my ability,'' he said. ''This is a great opportunity for me to fulfill a dream. It's the independent league. I'm not signing some multi-million dollar contract that I'm used to signing. This is all for the love of the game.'' SI.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

Tracy McGrady’s second career as a semi-pro baseball pitcher is very, very real. After ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy broke the news to the world that the former NBA superstar was eyeing a role as a relief pitcher with the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, McGrady himself confirmed it. Now, a Houston-area Fox affiliate has posted video footage of T-Mac throwing a bullpen session with two minor-leagues in MLB organizations. For The Win

February 11, 2014 Updates

Former NBA great Tracy McGrady passed another milestone in his efforts to pitch professionally. McGrady threw to hitters for the first time during a 20-minute bullpen session on Monday at Constellation Field, the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. The hitters did not swing, but they got a good look at what McGrady can bring. "He's so tall and his arms are so long. His downward slope, you're not going to see that too often," said Barrett Barnes, a minor league outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "When you have a presence like that on the mound, it's really hard to settle in and be comfortable hitting. FOX 26 Sports

February 4, 2014 Updates

Former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady tells TMZ Sports ... he's 100% serious about pursuing a career in baseball as a pitcher -- saying, "My pitching coach told me I have a little Bob Gibson in me." McGrady -- a 7-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA scoring champ -- is currently battling for a roster spot on the Sugar Land Skeeters ... an independent pro team in Texas. Tracy says he's been playing baseball for most of his life and LOVES the sport more than basketball. In fact, he says if given the chance, "I absolutely would've played baseball over the NBA." TMZ.com

There have been reports that McGrady has fired the ball up to 91mph -- but when we spoke to Tracy, he was more focused on his slider. "I have a nice slider. I picked it up in 10 minutes. I also have a good splitter ... and my command is pretty good." TMZ.com

On Friday, ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy dropped some surprising news: recently retired NBA superstar Tracy McGrady is planning to pursue a baseball career with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters — best known as the team with which Roger Clemens made a short-lived comeback in 2012. On Tuesday, the team released a statement confirming the news: “Tracy McGrady is one of the most elite athletes of this era and we appreciate his interest in pursuing a life-long dream with the Sugar Land Skeeters and the Atlantic League. While the Atlantic League is considered the highest level of baseball outside of Major League Baseball, McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program at Constellation Field. We look forward to monitoring his progress.” For The Win

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