Truth & Rumors > NBA

Tracy McGrady announces retirement from NBA

Views
1613
Comments
19

02:37 PM ET 08.26 | In the world of sports, there's not much more painful than watching a one-time star fade into obscurity because they played too long. That's exactly what happened to seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, who announced his retirement from the NBA this morning on ESPN's First Take. McGrady, who entered the NBA out of high school struggled for minutes during his first two seasons in the league, which were with the Toronto Raptors, but quickly emerged as a star soon after he was traded to the Orlando Magic. In his debut season with Orlando, T-Mac posted an impressive 26.8 points per game, which grew to an even more jaw-dropping 32 points per game in 2002-2003 with the Magic. A few seasons later though, injuries began to hamper the Florida native. He floundered around both the NBA and China in his final few seasons. Now just months removed from turning 34, McGrady has decided to hang up the sneakers for good.

FanSided.com

Tracy McGrady, Getty Images Tracy McGrady, Getty Images
August 26, 2013  11:57 PM ET

He's been retired-on-the job for quite some time.

August 27, 2013  12:06 AM ET

Although I wanted the Spurs to win I am sort of glad that they didn't because T-Mac does not deserve a ring.

August 27, 2013  12:45 AM ET

about time to make it official

August 27, 2013  04:33 AM ET

This doesn't bode well for Kobe. His star will be starting to flicker because of his current injury.

August 27, 2013  07:20 AM ET

Kobe needs to see what Katelyn Faber is up to and get back in the news...

August 27, 2013  07:49 AM ET

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA What a revelation! Who'd have thunk it? So soon? Come on Tracey. You were just gettiing warmed up!

August 27, 2013  07:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Although I wanted the Spurs to win I am sort of glad that they didn't because T-Mac does not deserve a ring.

Please! Did you think about what you wrote before writing it? Deserves have nothing to do with rings. Did Bill Wennington deserve "A RING" let alone 4? Juwon Howard? Who deserved one anymore than Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Stockton or Barkley? Yet they have none.

August 27, 2013  08:31 AM ET

I can't wait for this coming NBA season to start... So it can end...

August 27, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I can't wait for this coming NBA season to start... So it can end...

Wow. You're clever. Lrt me buy you a pack of gum so I can show you how to chew it.

August 27, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Wow. You're clever. Lrt me buy you a pack of gum so I can show you how to chew it.

You're on fire today Doc.

August 27, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Please! Did you think about what you wrote before writing it? Deserves have nothing to do with rings. Did Bill Wennington deserve "A RING" let alone 4? Juwon Howard? Who deserved one anymore than Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Stockton or Barkley? Yet they have none.

You forgot Eddy Curry.

August 27, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Time Waits For No One, Bro.

August 27, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Although I wanted the Spurs to win I am sort of glad that they didn't because T-Mac does not deserve a ring.

Adam Morrison surely deserved one.

August 27, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Bout damn time...

August 27, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You forgot Eddy Curry.

You're right. I did. I thought Mitch Richmond and Reggie Miller deserved something too while Luc Longely and Luke Walton did not. We can go on and on.

Comment #16 has been removed
August 27, 2013  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Please! Did you think about what you wrote before writing it? Deserves have nothing to do with rings......

Agreed.

The bottom line is that every championship team will have 2 or 3 non-rotational players on the bench and maybe another 2 or 3 'injured reserved' players on the roster.

They may not 'deserve' much, but they are members of the team.....and BTW, it's ordinarily the team players who votes on whether every roster player gets a ring and a playoff $hare.....or not. Are you gonna say that they aren't entitled to a ring just because they weren't the main/critical players?

It been this way in every sport for many decades.....and it ain't gonna change any time soon.

August 27, 2013  03:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

........Luc Longely and Luke Walton did not. We can go on and on.

You did also mention Bill Wennington earlier.

I'll remind you that both he and Luc Longley (though not elite players) were sometimes starters for the Bulls.....and.....were exceptional role players for the team.

And often times, it's the role players that that have to step up at the right times, to push their team 'over the hump'; they won't be spectacular, but they'll be steady/reliable contributers......Steve Kerr/John Paxson/etc.......

 
August 28, 2013  01:33 PM ET

The injuries derailed his performance during his 16 years; especially, the back issues. I could remember watching that game when he was with Orlando playing against the Hawks and he attempted a ridiculous monster dunk and put too much of his back into the dunk and that was the beginning of the end as one of the elite players the league showcased. He never recovered from that dunk attempt, and I never saw him jump that high ever again. If he and Grant Hill could have occupied the court in Orlando; healthy and injury free; no telling what could have been in Orlando. Grant Hill with the bad ankle and Tracy with the back issue killed everything and all possibilities.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Irving: Fans don't deserve the Cavs
    Views
    6204
    Comments
    680
  2. 2
    Red Sox dodged two injury scares
    Views
    2894
    Comments
    495
  3. 3
    Trump taking a legit run at the Bills
    Views
    2156
    Comments
    106
  4. 4
    Why the Raiders have lost 111 of 160 games
    Views
    5007
    Comments
    66
  5. 5
    Bruins can't count on shut-down D
    Views
    1379
    Comments
    59

SI.com

SI Photos