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Tracy McGrady snuck up on us, as much as a well-hyped, insanely talented high school phenom can sneak up on anybody.
He came to the NBA the year immediately following Kobe Bryant‘s arrival, with the league still trying to figure out if this kid from Philadelphia was any good and not ready to declare a new straight-to-the-pros star, especially a sleepy-eyed Floridian, the “next” whatever. He was clamped to the bench for his first two seasons, didn’t generate much excitement until he was paired with his cousin Vince Carter in Toronto in year three and was gone for Orlando by year four.
But the kid was good, man. If only anybody had bothered to notice.
With McGrady announcing his retirement on Monday, the triumphant and tragic nature of his NBA career came into stark relief. He was arguably the best player in the league for a time, winning back-to-back scoring titles and making seven straight All-Star games. The fact that his era was dominated by the oh-so-boring Spurs, Pistons, Nets a...
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The Tracy McGrady era in the NBA is officially over.
McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA this morning on ESPN.
THIS JUST IN: Tracy McGrady has just announced his retirement from the NBA on @ESPN_FirstTake.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 26, 2013
McGrady played last season in China before returning to the NBA for a playoff run with the San Antonio Spurs.
For four seasons in Orlando (and a few more in Houston), Tracy McGrady was one of the most popular players in the league. His No. 1 jersey in blue dotted opposing stadiums and he was the lead advertiser for adidas for several years. There was no doubt he was an All Star and each game a treat for the fans that bothered to show up.
It was not the best time to be a Magic fan with...
One of the best players of one of the NBA’s darkest eras is finally calling it quits.
Tracy McGrady was without question one of the premier stars of the league at the beginning of the millennium. The trouble was, it was an era of stodgy play, declining television ratings and at least one brawl that spilled into the stands in Detroit. Those who didn’t watch McGrady in his prime...
After 16 years, Tracy McGrady has retired from the NBA
It feels like just yesterday when a young Tracy McGrady arrived on the NBA scene in Toronto, Canada in 1997. Now, 16 years and a slew of NBA teams later, T-Mac has decided to call it a career in the NBA. However it should be noted that McGrady isn’t planning to retire from basketball, just the NBA.
When asked on ESPN’s First...
Let the debates begin, is Tracy McGrady Hall of Fame material? After 16 seasons in the NBA, TMac announced his retirement from the NBA Monday morning on ESPN’s “First Take.” Tracy didn’t say he was completely done with basketball though, he said the door is still open for China.
The 7 time NBA All-Star and 2 time NBA leading scorer’s career averages were 19.6 points, 5...
Tracy McGrady joined the debate desk on ESPN’s First Take Monday morning where he made a big announcement. The 34-year-old guard said he’s officially retiring from the NBA after 16 years in the league, however, he is leaving the “door open” to China.
The 7x NBA All-Star and 2x scoring champ has career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per...
Cant help but always wonder ‘what if’ when I think about T-Mac…. THIS JUST IN: Tracy McGrady has just announced his retirement from the NBA on @ESPN_FirstTake. — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 26, 2013
At 34, Tracy McGrady has decided to retire from the game of basketball. He will go down as one of the NBA’s preeminent scorers during his peak. A rash of injuries severely plagued him through is mid-20′s, and followed him through the rest of his career. He decides to hang up the jersey and sneakers after reaching the NBA Finals for the first time last season with the San Antonio...
Just announced on our show – @Real_T_Mac has retired from the NBA.
— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) August 26, 2013
Tracy McGrady, who spent the past four years trying to make us forget how supremely talented he really was, has decided he's had enough, and is quitting the NBA.
McGrady started his career in Toronto, where he and his cousin, Vince Carter, took turns...
In case we didn’t convince you Monday that Tracy McGrady was really, really good, here is Paul Pierce to second the motion.
Pierce stretched out his thumbs on Tuesday and tweeted a congratulations to McGrady on the latter’s retirement. He called McGrady a “no doubt” candidate for the Basketball Hall of Fame and paid an even higher compliment by naming McGrady one of the three...
I am not sure what is going on here, but it is funny.
The now-retired Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter somehow agreed to this 1999 SI photo shoot: pic.twitter.com/U5stzYKIR9
— Andy Gray (@si_vault) August 27, 2013
This one if for you T-Mac.
As you probably heard by now, Tracy McGrady has retired from the NBA after 15-years in the association.
During his time on the hardwood, he brought us many highlight worthy plays such as the tremendous dunk on Shawn Bradley, lobbing himself ally-oops off the back board to his moment in the spotlight when he scored a whopping 13 points on the Spurs with...
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There's been a slew of legendary names retiring from the NBA this offseason, including two players who were expected to team up to become an unstoppable duo in Orlando - Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. Of course injuries derailed those plans, not to mention derailing the sure-fire Hall of Fame careers of Hill and T-Mac. Now, with their...