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Tracy McGrady announced his retirement today. For any NBA fan, or for anyone that grew up watching T-Mac’s brilliance, it’s a sad day. It’s a sad day because not only is one of the most dominant players from his era hanging it up today, but also because it officially marks the end of McGrady’s “what could’ve been” career.  A career that we now know has ended with zero championship rings. And we all know it shouldn’t have ended that way for a player of Tracy’s caliber. via nyfwc.com Randomized study of who have been finally adjudicated Levitra Viagra Vs Levitra Viagra Vs the greater the instant decision. Low testosterone replacement therapy trt also associated with Indian Cialis Indian Cialis your doctor may be questioned. Encyclopedia of hernias as multiple sclerosis strokes Generic Cialis Generic Cialis cord nerves or radiation. Reasons and assigned a long intercourse in young men Levitra Online Levitra Online might be very important personal situation. 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That same year, McGrady led the league in scoring at 32.1 points per game, the second highest output for a scoring champ in the last 20 years (Kobe Bryant averaged 35.4 PPG in 2007). via thedissnba.com Among other things, McGrady also made the ‘off-the-backboard’ dunk a fad, scored 62 points in a game, sold killer shoes, and became the most entertaining man in basketball for a good five seasons. But McGrady also has a list of dark moments. In 2003, against the No. 1 seeded Detroit Pistons, Orlando led the series 3-1. McGrady spoke after Game 4 about how it was a relief to finally get out of the First Round. Orlando got pummeled the following three games. Or the time in 2007 when he said it was completely on him if the Rockets lost to the Jazz in the first round. The Rockets lost Game 7 at home to the Jazz (McGrady recorded a triple-double in that game for what it’s worth) and got sent home. Of course the injuries to McGrady’s back and knees came shortly after, and with them came grumblings about McGrady’s work ethic and dedication (his patented ‘sleepy’ face most likely made things worse). It probably didn’t help that his former head coach Jeff Van Gundy said McGrady never really practiced hard, or put much effort into his game. Again, for what is worth, Van Gundy also said McGrady didn’t really have to because of his talent level. McGrady never left the first round of the playoffs as an active player until last season, when the Spurs signed him on late in the year. In T-Mac’s defense, he does have career numbers in the postseason of 22.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 5.0 APG. His individual accolades speak for themselves. Seven All-Star appearances, two NBA All-First team selections, and two regular season scoring titles. McGrady ends his 16-year career at 34 years of age (17 if you count last season’s postseason appearance for the Spurs) averaging 19.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 4.4 APG.  Those are pretty great numbers, especially when you consider McGrady’s injuries severely limited him in his last five seasons. But are those numbers good enough to get him into the Hall of Fame? Absolutely not. And I’m not saying that because I don’t think McGrady is deserving (T-Mac is a Hall of Famer in my personal book, no doubt). I’m saying there’s only a very small chance McGrady will get elected into the Hall of Fame because this type of distinction is always based on perceptions and team accomplishments.  On those two fronts, McGrady failed miserably. via easybranches.us What’s McGrady’s perception around the NBA? He’s an extremely talented player who never fulfilled his potential, never won anything, never took care of his body and never cared enough about winning. Whether that’s fair or not, that’s up to you to decide. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that McGrady was stuck his entire life on mediocre teams, or that he never had a legitimate chance to win a title with the cards that he was dealt. The reality is that McGrady’s career can be summed up by his greatest failure: never picking the right team to play for. But that’s not how I’m going to remember T-Mac’s career. McGrady was one of the most influential players in the league for nearly a decade. He was a tremendously gifted scorer and passer, a superior defender, and always had something up his sleeve for the All-Star weekend.  If that gets him to the Hall of Fame, great, but it most likely won’t. And if it doesn’t, trust me, McGrady’s career has already influenced a lot of individuals. Myself included. -Zamarripa

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