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McGrady lacked desire for greatness

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07:17 AM ET 08.28 | With Tracy McGrady now retired, his legacy is up for discussion -- and some have pondered the question of whether he's a Hall of Famer. T-Mac was undoubtedly a great talent, but he will also go down as one of the great underachievers in NBA history. I covered his entire tenure with the Orlando Magic, and he had the talent and explosiveness to become a greater player than Kobe Bryant. Unfortunately, he didn't have the desire. Or the supporting cast. ... In a sport where one player can make a huge difference (see LeBron leading the marginally talented Cleveland Cavaliers to the finals and the best record in the NBA for two years running), T-Mac never elevated his team's to anything other than mediocrity.

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August 28, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Newsflash: McGrady lacked desire for greatness...


DUH!!!

August 28, 2013  07:50 AM ET

During stay in Toronto he had a babysitter to make sure he got to practice and games on time.

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August 28, 2013  08:17 AM ET

And the best pic they could get was him in a Hawks uniform? smh.....

August 28, 2013  08:34 AM ET

I don't know about the desire but the lack of supporting cast is true. He was a 2 time scoring champ for a reason. He gave his all when he went to the playoffs. Back injuries slowed him down and maybe that's where the lack of desire came from...

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August 28, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He never had the kind of talent surrounding him that guys like Kobe had in LA and comparing him to LBJ is just silly.

This guy is the guy you always bring up....the one that would sell championship rings on Ebay because he didn't care about being great.

August 28, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This guy is the guy you always bring up....the one that would sell championship rings on Ebay because he didn't care about being great.

That's because championship rings mean nothing. NBA greatness is measured by [hopefully] someday squeaking into the playoffs and draft picks.

August 28, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And the best pic they could get was him in a Hawks uniform? smh.....

Yeah.....they might as well could've had him in a Spurs uniform. It's not like there aren't better pictures of him.

Basketball-reference.com has him in a Magic uniform with him at the rim after blocking a shot......Fan Nation could've used that pic.

August 28, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And had he stayed, he would've had a ring.......

What kind of ring???

August 28, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This guy is the guy you always bring up....the one that would sell championship rings on Ebay because he didn't care about being great.

No matter what y're great at y're still going to die. So why waste your life chasing something that will ultimately get left behind?

Now I'm not saying working hard to achieve is wrong. All I'm saying it don't spend your life chasing something that is bound to end. Do enough to get by and enjoy other things in life while you can.

For some people the path to greatness if what makes them happy and that's fine. I wish them well.

If y're lazy you don't belong to this planet.

McGgrady is all set for life. He doesn't have to be great. He worked hard enough to get to the NBA to make a decent living. He doesn't have to be great for you guys or anybody else. He did it his way.

Enjoy your life Grady... y're great in my books. Enjoy your millions and F all the haters... they don't know what life's about.

August 28, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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During stay in Toronto he had a babysitter to make sure he got to practice and games on time.

Well.....when you consider that when he got to Toronto, he was an 18-year old who didn't have a driver's license......

August 28, 2013  09:37 AM ET

McGrady and Vince both were lazy in Toronto. They rarely worked out to preserve their bodies and never really worked hard on improving their games. They took their talent for granted until they both left town and were around veterans that showed them what hard work was and even then they got complacent. A perfect example of someone who had all the talent to be the greatest only to not give a dam and just let it all disappear as quick as it came.

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August 28, 2013  09:51 AM ET

The Truth Hurts, Bro.

August 28, 2013  10:24 AM ET

It's like everyone forgets that this guy had consecutive seasons of 28+ points, 6 rbs and 6 assists per game. I doubt that ANYONE does that while NOT believing they are 'the man' on their team.

Then.....he also had six playoff runs of 25 to 34 points, 5 to 8 assists and 6 to 8 rebounds a game. Those are MJ-type numbers.....but the fact that the team couldn't get out of the first round his somehow McGrady's embarrasment.

Really guys......look at what McGrady had to work with. When you look at what he had to do just to make his teams (particularly, Orlando & Houston) half-way respectable.....well he11, how much more can one player do?

August 28, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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.........Really guys......look at what McGrady had to work with. When you look at what he had to do just to make his teams (particularly, Orlando & Houston) half-way respectable.....well he11, how much more can one player do?

BTW......cumulatively, McGrady's six playoff runs (three with Orlando and three with Houston), he stepped up is play ---more points/assists/rebounds per game--- in those series versus his regular season play.

Jus' sayin'......

August 28, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No matter what y're great at y're still going to die. So why waste your life chasing something that will ultimately get left behind?Now I'm not saying working hard to achieve is wrong. All I'm saying it don't spend your life chasing something that is bound to end. Do enough to get by and enjoy other things in life while you can. For some people the path to greatness if what makes them happy and that's fine. I wish them well. If y're lazy you don't belong to this planet. McGgrady is all set for life. He doesn't have to be great. He worked hard enough to get to the NBA to make a decent living. He doesn't have to be great for you guys or anybody else. He did it his way. Enjoy your life Grady... y're great in my books. Enjoy your millions and F all the haters... they don't know what life's about.

Lostwill has spoken and so it has been foretold....

August 28, 2013  11:02 AM ET

The thread's bold print tells the whole story....

From beginning to end....

 
August 28, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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It's like everyone forgets that this guy had consecutive seasons of 28+ points, 6 rbs and 6 assists per game. I doubt that ANYONE does that while NOT believing they are 'the man' on their team. Then.....he also had six playoff runs of 25 to 34 points, 5 to 8 assists and 6 to 8 rebounds a game. Those are MJ-type numbers.....but the fact that the team couldn't get out of the first round his somehow McGrady's embarrasment. Really guys......look at what McGrady had to work with. When you look at what he had to do just to make his teams (particularly, Orlando & Houston) half-way respectable.....well he11, how much more can one player do?

See comment #5... I feel the same way. Those playoffs that he was in, he gave his all and tried as much as possible to try and get his team to advance...

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