Posted June 05, 2013

Tracy McGrady will consider retirement after NBA Finals

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Tracy McGrady told reporters on Wednesday that he will consider retirement after the NBA Finals. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Tracy McGrady told reporters on Wednesday that he will consider retirement after the NBA Finals. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Spurs swingman Tracy McGrady told reporters on Wednesday that he will consider retirement after the NBA Finals. For McGrady, this is his first finals appearance since being selected No. 9 by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 draft.

McGrady, who turned 34 years old two weeks ago, has been used sparingly by head coach Gregg Popovich after signing with San Antonio days before the playoffs got underway in April. The seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion has played a total of 16 minutes so far in the three rounds leading up to Thursday’s Game 1 against the Miami Heat.

After promising years with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets from 2000-2008, McGrady started to slow down because of nagging shoulder and knee surgeries. In May 2008, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his left shoulder and left knee and never returned to form; from the 2008-09 season to the 09-10 season, McGrady would appear in a total of just 65 games. In 2012, after brief stints with the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, McGrady signed a contract to play with the Qingdao Ducks in China.

Now back in the NBA, the 2012-13 season marks the first time in his career that he’s playing in an NBA game despite having never suited up during the regular season.


5 comments
Mindscope1965
Mindscope1965

Wanna know what happened to T-Mac?  The same mistake Lebron will make if he does not become committed to one team.  Once T-Mac left Toronto like Vince Carter did, both players began changing teams like changing socks.  When McGrady left Toronto and landed in Orlando that should have remained his home until the end but it did not.  He then went to Houston and for certain the injury bug should have been a sign to retire, but you know what?  This may be a great retiring gift in 2013, bench player or not to go out with a NBA ring.  I have a great respect for him even though many teams pushed him away after recovering from his injuries.    

Good luck to T-Mac and hopefully we get to see him play one last time in the current Finals series.  Wonder if he can throw it off the backboard and dunk it anymore?  Probably not but he was some show to watch.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Mindscope1965 what does changing teams have to do with T-Mac's downfall?  He got injured and just couldn't recover.  

Shaq was on many teams in his dominant career, Ray Allen has been on several, and so have other HOF players.  Its about the situation you are in and how your body holds up over time... not just the fact that you change teams a few times

mon1
mon1

must be satisfying to reach the final