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