T-Mac Retires


Just a week after Iverson announced his retirement from the NBA, Tracy Mcgrady has followed suit. While appearing on ESPNs First Take this week, Mcgrady announced his retirement. He’ll mostly be remembered as the superstar that should have been. Mcgrady battled many injuries during his 16 year career in the NBA. Mcgrady began his career with the Toronto Raptors when he was selected out of High School with the 9th overall pick in the 1997 draft and teamed up with his cousin Vince Carter to form a nice one two punch, but after the Raptors couldn’t offer T-Mac the max contract he wanted. So they shipped him to Orlando where Mcgrady ended up teaming with Grant Hill. Hill couldn’t stay healthy during his years in Orlando, so it became Mcgradys team. In his first year with the Magic Mcgrady averaged 26.8 ppg. His best year in Orlando came in the 2002-2003 season where he averaged 32.1 ppg. On June 2004 Mcgrady was traded in a seven player trade that included Steve Francis, and Cuttino Mobley going to the Magic, and Mcgrady heading to the Rockets to team up with Yao Ming to form a nice wingman and dominant big man combo. But everything didn’t go as planned as Yao Ming battled injuries which later forced him to retired, and Mcgrady battled injuries as well. After the Rockets Mcgrady went on to play for the Knicks, Pistons, and Hawks. After the Hawks Mcgrady spent part of last year playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. He returned in April to the States and finished his career with the San Antonio Spurs. With the Spurs Mcgrady finally got out of the first rd and reached the finals for the first time in his career. Mcgrady career highlights were when he scored 13 pts in 35 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs which included four consecutive 3pointers made, a steal, and the game winning 3 pointer in the 81-80 Rockets win. T-mac won two NBA scoring titles, was named to the All-NBA team seven times, posted a 30.3 PER in 2002-2003 he’s one of seven modern players to post a 30 plus per, and he lead the Rockets to a 22 game winning streak in the 2007-2008 season. Many people will always say during T-Macs good years he never got his team out of the first rd, but when I think of T-Mac I think of a freak athlete that did amazing things on the court, and his career would have been different if he didn’t battle back and knee injuries. Is T-Mac a Hall Of Famer? I believe so, but we will see what the voters say 5 years from now.




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