HoopsHype Tracy McGrady rumors

June 20, 2013 Updates

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

“I told him he better get me one, sh–,” McGrady said with a laugh. “After all the stuff I’ve went through in my career? Sh–, I’m probably one of the only ‘stars’ in this league that had to go through a lot of this sh–. Not too much help in Orlando, when I was really on top of my game. The struggle to find talent to put around myself and Yao Ming in Houston. It was tough. … That’s just been the story of my career. Playing four years down there in Orlando, wishing that I had Grant Hill. Playing in Houston, not having Yao Ming. Then, when they do advance, I’m not playing. It’s just been part of my career.” HoopsWorld

The idea of McGrady and Duncan on the same team back in 2000 would’ve been scary, and it almost happened. The Orlando Magic pursued Duncan that summer when he was an unrestricted free agent, with the goal being to form a Big Three of McGrady, Duncan and Hill. The superstar big man seriously considered their offer, but ultimately decided to stay in San Antonio. “We were talking about that the other day on the bus, I told him that I was pissed that he didn’t sign down there,” McGrady said. “He told me that Pops convinced him to come back. That was the draw for him. I knew it would be tough to sign him, but that would have been awesome.” HoopsWorld

McGrady didn’t experience much transparency in recent years, specifically when he was in Atlanta. He was promised a certain amount of touches and a specific role, but it all changed once the season started. “I’m back to enjoying the NBA,” McGrady said. “The last few years, I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t enjoy it because I felt like a lot was taken away from me. I felt like the ability that I could display, I wasn’t allowed to do that. I felt like I was lied to. I don’t want to say no names, but things weren’t happening the way it was told to me. I don’t have any respect for that. I know a lot of things have been said about me as an individual and as a player, but I just speak my mind. When something is told to me and it doesn’t happen that way, I’m going to speak my mind. That’s just who I am. I’m not going to shy away from that. That’s why I have so much respect for Gregg Popovich and for Jeff Van Gundy because those guys are up front and very transparent on how they handle players and how they handled my situation. It was very clear from our phone conversation, and that’s why I was okay with my role here. HoopsWorld

“I don’t think I would have been as vocal about not playing so much and my role if things would have been transparent up front, if everything was laid out on the table before I even put on the uniform. But when I’m told that this is going to be your role and this is what we want you to do and it doesn’t turn out that way, then we’ve got a problem. “Honestly, I think the man above was really sending me a message, just about patience and how to deal with certain things in my career. I’ve been through different situations and in different roles and learned how to cope with different things. It has prepared me to not be so bitter, not pout about not playing and not be so discouraged about not having the type of impact on the team that I’m used to normally having.” HoopsWorld

But he was sick of being in Carter’s shadow and was eager to prove he could be the man on another team. He nearly doubled his 15.4 points per game scoring average to 26.8 after joining Orlando, and led the NBA at 32.1 and 28.0 per game during his final two seasons there. “Toronto, they didn’t know I was capable of that type of performance as far as scoring. I didn’t (even) know I had that in me,” he said. Toronto Sun

On Friday, the 34-year-old Spurs reserve said what he has in the past — that the Raptors could have done big things, had he chose to stick around instead of fleeing to his hometown Orlando Magic. It wasn’t anything new, McGrady and Vince Carter have been singing that tune for years, but by finally getting to the NBA Finals now, after being out of the league for a year, McGrady appears to have realized even more what could have been. “At that time, I think Toronto probably could have competed for championships with the Lakers, that’s what I think,” McGrady said Friday. Toronto Sun

June 8, 2013 Updates

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