Found August 30, 2013 on
When a player retires, both the fans and the media start the process to evaluate his career and decide where the player stands among his peers and the players of the past if merited.
With Tracy McGrady’s recent retirement, his career provides an interesting case study in whether talent alone can put a player’s career among elite company.
His career is an example of how a single player can help a team excel in the regular season but in the post season the level of competition ensures that a complete team is needed to hold up the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The biggest negative for McGrady is that it took him until his last season to get out of the first round of the playoffs. While one hundred percent accurate, critics tend to overlook the fact that the person expected to carry the team with him, was often injured during their tenure on the same team with McGrady.
Injuries took their toll on both Grant Hill and Yao Ming and they were not always available come playoff times and their contracts hindered what the team could do in order to help him.
But during the regular season his career was filled with games where he put a team on his back and carried them to victory.
One such example came during the 2004-2005 season where he lead the Houston Rockets to victory over the San Antonio Spurs by scoring 13 points in the last 35 seconds.
Here is T-Mac telling it how that night was in his own words.
So Spurs’ fans, what is your evaluation of McGrady’s career? Is he Hall of Fame worthy?
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This past Monday Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA and as soon as he did the debate began. Should the talented yet injury plagued 7-time all-star and 2-time scoring champion be inducted into the Hall of Fame? According to McGrady he’s put up the numbers to get the honor.
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“I think my numbers match up with some of the guys that are in the Hall...
Tim Duncan is one of the oldest active players in the NBA, but he's coming off his best season in nearly a decade.
What's his secret to staying in shape?
The Spurs power forward has been spending this offseason training, not on the basketball court, but in the boxing ring.
And Duncan isn't taking on amateurs. He has been working with two-time world boxing champion...
It appears San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is pitching yet another product, this time a compact SUV by Renault Koleos.
So, there's a jungle -- a jungle town, actually. And Parker is just chilling, driving around a presumably deserted downtown area. And a basketball is following him. Wait, you don't follow?
Just check out this 30 second clip of Parker's newest...
It seems San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is back on the court for Team France despite a recent injury scare.
As you probably know by now, Parker and Team France will be competing at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia and from the looks of the video below, TP's right knee is looking fine.
So breathe easy Spurs fans and check out footage of Parker practicing with Team France out in Slovenia.
After several exhibition matches over the last month, the Canadian National team which features San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph finally embarked on their journey in the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament, by cruising with an 85-64 victory over Jamaica.
Joseph, who had been fairly inconsistent in the exhibition games was the shining star for Canada on Friday as he led the Canadians...
When San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner isn't trying to sell you carrots, he is exercising his managerial skills as a CEO. The CEO of GY&K that is.
Bonner will be taking over GY&K as the "big cheese" as part of an Exec Exchange program on September 3, and from the looks of the video below, he may need to fine-tune his people skills.
From tossing his...
That huge sigh of relief heard around the globe a few days ago was from San Antonio Spurs fans when news came out that Tony Parker's recent knee injury was not serious.
It was quite the scare for Spurs fans (and perhaps the coaching staff) considering he is the primary threat on the court. It is safe to say the Spurs go as Parker goes.
However, according to Tony himself...
Professional athletes like to spend their off season in various kinds of ways. For some it is vacationing in a tropical, while others go back to the home country to unwind.
For Patty Mills, this off season getaway took him back home to his native country of Australia to play with Team Australia at the Oceania Tournament.
During his trip back home, Mills was featured on...
With enough editing, and a heavy soundtrack, you can make any NBA player seem like a legitimate superstar.
Even Nando De Colo, who boasts career averages of 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in one season.
I'm not necessarily knocking De Colo; he's a NBA caliber player, obviously, and his main deterrent is the fluidity of the San Antonio...
These days it seems that almost every NBA player has a different offseason workout regimen and it appears that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan have taken boxing.
Check out the below tweets that were sent out by two-time world boxing champion Jesse James Leija:
The greatest Power forward ever ! TD and I after boxing Workout for an Hr. #greatguy pic.twitter.com/nOaxbIQrXP
It may not have been the picture perfect way for Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson and Canada to start off FIBA Americas, but a relatively easy and dominating 18-point win will have to do. Canada got to 1-0 with an 85-64 victory in the opening game of the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.
Cory Joseph of the San Antonio Spurs was the undoubted star of the game, scoring...
Former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, now Atlanta Hawks head coach, Mike Budenholzer, has been charged with and arrested for driving under the influence according to wsbtv.com in Atlanta.
A trooper stopped Budenholzer for having no tail lights on his Audi A8 while driving on Crescent Avenue late Wednesday night, according to the State Patrol.
The trooper detected...
Acording to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, new Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested early this morning and charged with driving under the influence.
“As I spoke with him, I noticed that he had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” Trooper Johnathon Nelms wrote in his report.
“I asked Mr. Budenholzer...
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...