Baseball was Tracy McGrady's first love.
His talent as a basketball player pushed baseball aside in high school, but he never gave up his dream to play again.
So at age 34 after a 15-year career in the NBA, the 6-foot-8 McGrady is trying to earn a contract as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
''This will be huge,'' he said Wednesday about the potential to play professional baseball. ''This will be so gratifying, even if I just go out there and pitch one inning the whole season this will be a dream that has come true for me.''
McGrady starting playing baseball at age 5 and was a two-sport star until he transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy, which doesn't have a baseball team, for his senior year in high school.
The seven-time All-Star retired from the NBA in 2013 after playing for several teams including the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.
McGrady now has flecks of gray in...