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jeffb 02-01-2012 01:35 PM

Was T-Mac mocking Canada?
T-Mac Mocks Canada? - SPORTSNET 590 The FAN Toronto - News

Superjudge 02-01-2012 01:36 PM

Glad you brought this up, I saw this, and it was completely unprofessional.

I don't give a shit what T-Mac thinks about him getting booed, and I don't care he left.... point is you don't do that shit, it's pretty much looked poorly upon everywhere.

jeffb 02-01-2012 01:40 PM

I wonder how Americans would look at this if a Euro player would do that with their anthem?

Superjudge 02-01-2012 01:41 PM

Oh my... not well thats for sure.

MikeToronto 02-01-2012 01:46 PM

What an ass... :(

fancylad 02-01-2012 01:54 PM

they really need to stop playing national anthems at north american league sports. No reason for it whatsoever.

That said, McGrady is a fucking douche.

RAPMAN 02-01-2012 02:16 PM

People don't change. An asshole is always an asshole. He just has to look at his career. Like Jeff Van Gundy said, he is a waste of talent. Never went to the gym and never worked out hard and in practice.

Thug 02-01-2012 02:30 PM

Relax. Lets take our Canadian sensitivity bias out of the picture here and take a look at what other responses across the internet to this topic have been..


It's tough to say with Tracy sometimes, but I don't think it's mocking, I think he's just making light of the fact that he knows the canadian anthem and he's trying to have a good time with it without looking like a fruitcake. That's probably exactly how I'd be if I'm mouthing the anthem around friends too.

Tracy's always been a very sarcastic joker. I remember in Houston he was like, "yeah it's my fault we missed 11 free throws. it's my fault we couldn't rebound. yeah it's all my fault." lol. I kind of liked that about him, he never held anything back in terms of his emotions. Kind of weird considering he was a shy teenager when he first came into the league.

If anyone seen T-Mac on Off The Record in October with VC and Oakley you would know the
answer is no.

emo 02-01-2012 02:32 PM

I can't open that link. What did he do?

Aamir 02-01-2012 03:08 PM

Who was talking during the video? Sounded like Matty D.

Aamir 02-01-2012 03:15 PM


The last time Tracy McGrady wore a Raptors uniform Y2K was just a few months old. It has been more than a decade – with stops in Orlando, Houston, New York, and Atlanta along the way – but every time ‘T-Mac’ comes back to Toronto, he is showered with boos.

Some fans accept the fact that McGrady left T.O. for the opportunity to lead his own team – close to home – and escape the shadow of cousin, Vince Carter. Others won’t forgive him for allegedly giving management in Toronto false hope that he’d re-sign; quickly walking away from the ‘Bring Back T-Mac’ signs that filled the Air Canada Centre in the spring of 2000. But few can’t help to have that ‘What if’ moment when reminiscing about the Raptors’ brief moment in history; when two young stars – Carter and McGrady – could have had the opportunity to dominate a conference together, surrounded by solid veterans and hard-nosed teammates like Charles Oakley, Antonio Davis, Alvin Williams and more.

Kobe Bryant once said that if McGrady had stayed in Toronto, there was no doubt in his mind that the Raptors would have beaten the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001 (when Carter’s Game 7 buzzer-beater rimmed out and the Sixers went on to the Eastern Conference Finals and then the NBA Finals (after beating Milwaukee); eventually losing to Los Angeles). Bryant said the Lakers and Raptors could have been squaring-off in the Finals for years to come.

On our post-game show last night – after the Hawks blew out the Raptors at the ACC – Paul Jones and I asked McGrady if he thought Bryant’s assessment was correct and if he allows himself to have those same ‘What if’ moments about staying in Toronto.

“All the time,” he said. “All the time.”

“You HAD to bring up that question,” he joked. But then he continued and confirmed what Bryant and many Raptors fans have felt for years.

“I look back on how good I was when I left here and played in Orlando. I look at how great Vince was. I look at that team that they had when they faced Philly. What was is it, Game 7? When (Carter) missed that shot in the corner? There’s no doubt if I was part of that team what we could have done. But that’s hindsight looking back man, ya know?”

Nobody can say for sure what would have happened to Toronto if McGrady had indeed stayed with the Raptors. Finances, coaches, personnel, trades, drafts, and so many more intangibles would have been different. The path and the history of the organization – good or bad – would have been totally altered from where it is today. But as T-Mac said, that’s hindsight.

Looking forward, the Raptors are trying to figure out what they have right now. Do they have a young core to build around with the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jonas Valanciunas and Andrea Bargnani? If the answer to that question is ‘yes’ and Toronto starts to build a winner and a contender in the NBA, the hope is that the only team that’s north of the border in the Association will start to attract top talent again. And even McGrady said he’d look at the Raptors again.

“Why not,” he told us on Sportsnet 590 the FAN. “This is a great city. It’s a great organization.”

“Unfortunately, I had to make a career decision for myself (back in 2000) and there’s no way I could have turned down being back home in Orlando. But at the tail-end of my career if they build something here? Absolutely. I don’t see why not. It’s just a great atmosphere to play basketball, (there’s) great fan support and it’s just a great city to live in.”

When asked if he’d be welcomed back by the fans, McGrady smiled and joked: “Is it ‘once a Raptor, always a Raptor?’ Is that a true?

FAN590 - Blogs - The Rap Blog Archive McGrady Looks Back

MikeToronto 02-01-2012 03:20 PM

Yeah, yeah... Doesn't excuse mocking the national anthem...

jeffb 02-01-2012 03:24 PM

Everytime he comes here he's asked the same questions. If they ask him one more time the "what if" question he should tell them, off.

Dario 02-01-2012 03:24 PM

without us canadians you americans wouldnt even have basketball! respect that shiz!

LX 02-01-2012 03:59 PM

He's just a dumb kid and always will be.

Superjudge 02-01-2012 04:06 PM

well if he's serious then I guess I can cut him slack, but ya gotta be smarter than to mock an anthem, it just stirs shit up and draws the same attention he maintains he doesn't like.

Snooch 02-01-2012 04:07 PM

looks like he was mocking the singer more than Canada

If he was wearing a toque and holding a hockey stick while drinking maple syrup then maybe...

Even if he was, one of the coolest things about Canada is we dont care what a pissant like McGrady thinks about us...we know we're cool.

MikeToronto 02-01-2012 04:10 PM

It's not about us, or Canada for that matter. Any state anthem, when played, requires certain decorum.

halphbreedballer 02-01-2012 05:09 PM


Originally Posted by DonMughal (Post 608111)

Meh he won't be in the league after next season...So me no care.

jeffb 02-01-2012 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by Snooch (Post 608157)
looks like he was mocking the singer more than Canada

If he was wearing a toque and holding a hockey stick while drinking maple syrup then maybe...

Even if he was, one of the coolest things about Canada is we dont care what a pissant like McGrady thinks about us...we know we're cool.

You can't be that na´ve, about him or our serious lack of confidence in ourselves as a country. We're always looking for validation from the rest of the world. And whether he's mocking the singer, country, anthem itself....it's immature and something you don't see from rookies let alone a guy in his mid 30's.

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