HoopsHype Tracy McGrady rumors

August 10, 2013 Updates
August 4, 2013 Updates

I remember being in a scrum with Trady McGrady at the NBA Finals talking about his experiences in China and him telling us he found some restaurant in every city in the league that served “American” food and that he seldom went out so there are those who don’t assimilate at all. But I also remember talking to Matt Bonner on several occasions where he explained how much fun he had, and how much history he soaked up, during his time in Italy so there are extremes and it really depends on the willingness of the person to grow as men. Toronto Star

July 29, 2013 Updates
July 28, 2013 Updates

In a pre-game press conference in Nanning, McGrady said he might come back to China Basketball Association (CBA) league despite its under par competitive environment. "For those who have played years in NBA and still want to prolong their career like me, CBA is a great alternative," said McGrady who played a whole CBA season before he joined the Spurs, clutched 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, and his all-star performance help him sustain his highly respectable status in China. China.org.cn

July 3, 2013 Updates

First, let’s do a roll call shall we? The following were present at the game, either participating in the game or watching from the sidelines: Yao Ming, Tracy Mcgrady, Joakim Noah, Metta World Peace, Luis Scola, George Hill, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Chris Singleton, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Chinese players Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhelin, Sun Yue, Liu Wei, Wang Zhi Zhi and super-famous Brazil and Real Madrid soccer/futbol player Kaka. Yes, that Kaka. (Bonus: Here’s a hilarious picture of Kaka with Yao and Wang Zhi Zhi from last night.) SLAM

June 26, 2013 Updates

Aquille Carr’s professional career in China has begun. After posting 15 points and 8 assists in Chengdu followed by 9 points and 7 assists in Shenzhen against the Bayi Rockets during the USA Legends Tour, Carr was offered a contract in China for next season. “How does it feel to have your first CBA contract offer?” Qingdao Double Star owner Max Shicanbin asked Carr. Shocked, Carr said that he would have to talk with his agent. But Tracy McGrady stepped in and volunteered to assume the role, playing both sides of the fence with the owner of the club he played for until he joined the Spurs. SLAM

“We want stability,” McGrady said in his new role of player representative. “We also want a guaranteed contract and position on the team.” SLAMonline had the chance to talk with Carr after the game, and he was humbled by the opportunity to spend an entire season in China. SLAM

June 21, 2013 Updates
June 20, 2013 Updates

"People put the label on McGrady that he's not a hard worker, or that he's lazy, but that wasn't the case at all," Thomas said. "When you watched him play, he was always in position, and he was faster than everyone else, so once he got there, once he got to the position, everyone else was a second late. Which, consequently, gave him some time to relax." Grantland

McGrady still intrigues. Media members quickly built a circle around him on an off day's practice at a time when Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and other Spurs were available to them. One reporter began a question by stating that McGrady had not played the night before. "Shit, I don't think I am going to play," McGrady said. "I watch just like you. I just have a better seat." Grantland

McGrady considered becoming the face of the post-Jordan Bulls. Jerry Krause initially wanted to draft McGrady in 1997, but backed away at the last minute. Signing with Chicago would mean more exposure, more endorsement dollars, and probably more success. "That's where he should have went," Smith, his AAU coach, said. "He should have went to Chicago. There's no question. There's no doubt in my mind." Grantland

Davis and Rivers sought ways to wrest the most from McGrady's talent. "I'm sure there were times when he wondered, Well, why are you questioning my work ethic? I just gave you 37 points," Davis said. "But, had he worked harder, maybe that was a 47-point night. Maybe there was no need for him to try to make one at the buzzer. Had he done this the whole game it wouldn't have even been close. Only he knows that. We look at it and we say, 'Man, he's not working hard enough.' But sometimes guys have an easiness about them that makes it appear that way, and again only Tracy can answer that." Grantland

"That's really the story of my career," McGrady said, not with regret or resignation, but with clarity. "What if. What if Grant Hill was healthy when we were in Orlando and what if the Magic would have signed Timmy as well? What if I was healthy when Yao was healthy and when we played a Game 7 against the Lakers in the second round? What-ifs. That's what you can put on my career. 'What If: Tracy McGrady's Career.'" Grantland

June 17, 2013 Updates

Who he actually he played against while in those arenas? Not so memorable, according to a transcript published by Chinese media outlet, NetEase. Prior to Game 2 of the Finals, a journalist interviewed McGrady, leading off with the question that every Chinese NBA fan wants to know: Is there anybody in China who has a shot to play in The League one day? Here’s what was said, generally (the interview was conducted in English and translated into Chinese, which means I have the weird task of translating back into English — so this won’t be exactly what he said): Journalist: Tracy, this past season you played in the CBA. Which Chinese players do you think have the potential to play in the NBA? McGrady: None. Not one. Journalist: What about Wang Zhelin? McGrady: I don’t know who that is. Journalist: That young Chinese player… He’s tall, he plays for Fujian. McGrady: I don’t know. I can’t remember. Journalist: The really tall one, taller than 2.13 meters. McGrady: I don’t know him. China has a lot of tall young guys. I can’t remember. NiuBBall.com

And yet, it is kind of a biggie. Wang is the most hyped youngster in China right now and is considered by some to have a shot at playing in the NBA someday down the line. Oh, and his absence from the national team last year caused the Chinese internet to almost break. The worst part? Forget not thinking Wang is good enough to play in the NBA – McGrady doesn’t even remember who dude is. That doesn’t exactly reflect well on the state of Chinese basketball, current or future. NiuBBall.com

June 13, 2013 Updates

“We’re doing a hell of job,’’ McGrady said after remembering he indeed now is a member of the Spurs. “We’ve got a guy (Kawhi Leonard) on him and when he drives, we got our big guys coming and just compacting the lane, keeping him off the free-throw line. When you’re not getting to the free-throw line and hitting free throws and you’re not getting layups, then the only thing left is for you to take jumpers. Then you’re not in a rhythm.’’ FOXSports Florida

June 9, 2013 Updates

Tracy McGrady believes that the age rule should require players to attend two years of college before entering the league. This would end the recent trend of one-and-done players in the NCAA. "I actually think they should implement having these guys go to school for two years," McGrady said. "What is it, one year now? At least go to school for two years because the league is so young. I think we need to build our league up. I mean, I hate to say it, but the talent in this league is pretty down." USA Today Sports

McGrady admits that it wasn't easy for him to transition to the NBA lifestyle as a teenager. "It was pretty difficult becoming a man so early and competing against grown men," McGrady said. "You're the best player on the floor in high school and then you come face the best players in the world. Also, the transition to living on your own, having to deal with the traveling, dealing with the different climaxes, getting into cities at 2 or 3 in the morning and then waking up the next morning for shootarounds and practices. I mean, it was a culture shock." USA Today Sports

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