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Old 03-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default McGrady is Hall of Fame Talent, not Hall of Fame Player

Jeff Van Gundy and Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey talk about “natural talent” and the importance of work ethic. I like how Van Gundy calls McGrady "1,000 hours of practice."

“He should be a Hall of Fame player. His talent was other-worldly. He was given a great leg up in the race against other players. He’s as close as I’ve ever seen to someone with a perfect body and a good mind...I like a lot of things about Tracy McGrady. I just wish I could have changed his practice habits and his mentality.” - Van Gundy

“McGrady was the most gifted player I’ve ever had on the roster. I do think [his talent] got in the way of Tracy’s development. Much of the game was so, so easy — and you see this in the AAU level, where they have freakishly talented players. When it’s that easy to dominate at that young age, because of your physical tools — his wing span was freakish, his size was enormous, his IQ. But my sense was that all of that did get in the way of Tracy reaching his highest heights.” - Daryl Morey

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