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Old 08-27-2013, 03:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Wish he would have stayed with the Raps. It's a shame what injuries did to him and Yao.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
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He actually retired about 4 years ago but failed to announce same to the fans...
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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He actually retired about 4 years ago but failed to announce same to the fans...
He was serviceable when he played in Detroit.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Sorry. But TMac wasted his talent. I suspect heavy weed use and not great training. He made decisions for himself first. Team second.
Sure he put up great numbers at times and was great to watch in his prime (that ended when he was 22ish) . He did that with the talent god gave him.

TMac is getting the MJ treatment. Now that he is gone, he was a legend.

MJ was a efed up pedophile and TMac is a me-first waste of talent.
There's no basis for this at all. Tracy played his ass off when he could; he wasn't one of the best players in the league for nothing.

He is one of the most star-crossed players the NBA has ever seen when it comes to other people wasting his talent. He dragged bad teams to the playoffs and nobody wins a playoff series by themselves.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:09 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Weed use? Are you serious?
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:34 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Which MJ? lol
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HAHA. Michael Jackson. My bad.
dayum, i was like "jordan, paedo!? never heard that one before."

was about to do some serious internet research!

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:04 AM   #27 (permalink)
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What I will remember from TMAC;

2. Incredible scoring ability and length.
3. Unrealized potential on the defensive side of the ball (lack of effort).
1a. A bad teammate. (Picks the Lakers to beat his Rockets after he gets injured...wtf)
1b. Selfish. Numerous examples
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:47 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Bill Simmons on the career of Tracy McGrady - Grantland

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As the summer passed, everything I witnessed during the 2013 NBA Finals blurred into one colorful, eclectic memory. Tony Parker chewing up 23.999997 seconds of the shot clock before clinching Game 1 with an outrageous leaner. Spurs fans clogging downtown San Antonio after Game 5, relentlessly honking their horns and creating a festive gridlock. LeBron's headband getting symbolically knocked off in the second half of Game 6, right before he summoned his immense powers to save Miami's season. Ray Allen making the single greatest shot I've ever seen in person to steal San Antonio's championship away. Tim Duncan bent over in the last minute of Game 7, his hands pushing against his knees, totally distressed, unable to fathom how he missed a game-saving bunny that he's probably made a million times.

Somewhere in that Finals memory morass sits Tracy McGrady, once considered the de facto equal of Kobe Bryant … only now, he was toiling away as an overqualified benchwarmer for San Antonio. The role was so far beneath him, nobody even knew how to fully process it. This was like Gene Hackman slumming it as an uncredited policeman in Lincoln. Poor McGrady had no impact on the series, but one T-Mac moment stood out for me. About 75 minutes before Game 4 in San Antonio, I was standing on the court waiting for Duncan to warm up — one of my favorite Finals moments, if only because everything that has happened in Duncan's extraordinary career makes sense after you've seen him warm up. It's like what Glenn Frey revealed about the secret of Jackson Browne's brilliance in the Eagles documentary.

Elbow grease. Time. Thought. Persistence.

Duncan only takes shots that he plans on using in games. No joking around, no casual conversing, no stopping, no smiling. Just an aging artist honing his craft. It's beautiful to watch. On this night, Duncan hadn't emerged from the locker room yet. So I started watching McGrady — a future Hall of Famer like Duncan, only someone who had never even won a playoff series until he joined San Antonio in April. I was standing there wearing a suit and tie, my face covered in makeup. McGrady was wearing practice clothes, halfheartedly hoisting 3s with a half-smile spread across on his face. I knew he wasn't playing that night unless they were up 20 or down 20. So did he. I knew his career had been over for a while. So did he. Only he kept jacking up those 3s, and he kept kind of smiling, and the moment meant nothing and everything.

So I wasn't shocked when McGrady retired this week. He hadn't resonated with NBA fans since the 2007-08 season, when a good-but-not-great Rockets team stunned everybody by ripping off 22 straight victories. If you want to remember that astonishing winning streak as T-Mac's Last Stand, that's fine. He bounced around like a McGrady impostor for these past five years — first in New York, then Detroit, then Atlanta, then China, and finally San Antonio. The final third of his career meant absolutely nothing, for what happened on the court, anyway.

In Hollywood, movie stars keep working after their careers cool off. They reinvent themselves as character actors, join television shows, find Off Broadway roles, maybe even release excruciatingly awful movies like The Killing Season. (Note to John Travolta and Robert De Niro: You still owe me $4.99.) It always feels worse when it happens in sports, particularly basketball, when only eight or nine guys truly matter on every team. Once you can't crack that group, you're confined to cheerleading and garbage time. But you're still there. We see you during every timeout and every layup line. Almost always, you're somewhere in your thirties, so you don't look dramatically different than you did when you mattered. It's almost like you threw on a Halloween costume of yourself.

We don't care if this happens to the Juwan Howards and Richard Jeffersons of the world. When it's someone like McGrady? That's when we care. That's when we wish they could see what we're seeing. That it's over, basically. "Show some dignity," we want to tell them. We always feel relieved when they retire, allowing their memories to prevail on YouTube and NBA TV's Hardwood Classics. We don't want to remember someone of McGrady's caliber arriving out of shape for the 2008-09 season, holding the Rockets hostage for a few months, then screwing them by getting microfracture surgery right before the trade deadline. We don't want to remember him participating in a mutiny against his coach in Detroit, backing up the immortal Marvin Williams in Atlanta, or slumming it in China for a few extra million bucks.

We want to remember 22 straight and 32.1 points per game. We want to remember seven All-Star Games in a row. We want to remember McGrady dropping 62 on the Wizards, trash-talking his way to a 42-10-8 in Game 3 against the 2001 Bucks (his superstar audition tape), nearly beating the '03 Pistons in the playoffs by himself, combining with Dirk Nowitzki to score 103 points in 2005, or exploding for 36 points in 27 minutes at the 2006 All-Star Game in Houston. We want to remember him in may-they-endure-forever videos with titles like "Tracy McGrady's Top 10 Posterizations" …
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:58 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Tracy McGrady wishes he had stayed in Toronto: Feschuk | Toronto Star


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“In hindsight, looking back, obviously I wish I had stayed in Toronto,” McGrady was saying in a recent telephone interview from his home in the Houston area. “There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship. I think about that often. But if ‘if’ was a fifth, you know?”

If “if” was a fifth, as the hip-hop lyric goes, Raptor fans would have been drunk on dunks for years to come. Alas, there were forces that conspired to drive McGrady south of the border. Not only did McGrady have an agent, Arn Tellem, with close ties to Chicago GM Jerry Krause who set up a series of ultimately fruitless flirtations between McGrady and the Bulls. He also had people close to him with agendas of their own. McGrady acknowledged that members of his camp continually pushed him to sign in Chicago, the market from which Michael Jordan had helped build Nike into a global behemoth, in an effort to maximize McGrady’s endorsement potential.

“They were going to get a percentage off of (my endorsement income),” McGrady said of his advisors, among them Alvis Smith, a shoe-company talent procurer who was credited with “discovering” McGrady as a high schooler. “They were pushing me to go to Chicago and I didn’t want to go to Chicago.”

McGrady never did land in the Windy City. He chose Orlando, he insists for his own reasons.
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“There’s no doubt we would have won that series if I would have been there,” McGrady said. “We had incredible camaraderie. You can’t duplicate that, man. Big brothers, little brothers — we had a mix. And me and Vince were in the perfect situation. You’ve got the two young superstars and you’ve got these old vets. They were our force field. They protected us from anything that happened on that basketball court. They did all the dirty work. And all we had to do was just concentrate on putting the ball in the hoop and guarding who we were guarding. It was just such a great time in my career.

“Had I been a little older and wiser and knew what was ahead of me, I would have stayed, no doubt, with those guys. But that was some of the best times of my life, man. Being with (Charles) Oakley and Kevin Willis and Antonio Davis, Muggsy (Bogues), Dell Curry, Dee Brown. Man. I still talk to a lot of those guys to this day. Because I appreciated how they looked out for me. They were all professionals.”
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What a doofus ... Had he stayed , maybe, just maybe he could have built the franchise and his resume...Instead he petulantly headed for home and the bright lights... underachiever and whiner...Of course he should have stayed If,IF.IF
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Hopefully he's a cautionary tale that young players will think about now when they want to bolt for "greener pastures".
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