Tracy McGrady retires from the NBA
Former NBA All-Star and scoring champion, Tracy McGrady, has officially retired from the NBA.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: T-Mac, a fan favorite for years, has decided to leave the bright lights of the NBA hardwood for good.
One of the first NBA players to lay claim to a successful career that begun straight out of high school, Tracy McGrady was one of the most entertaining players that the game has ever seen. Someone who could score at will during his prime (32.1 points per game in 2002-03), T-Mac competed with Kobe Bryant in the early 00s for the title of best scoring guard in the NBA.
In fact, Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles reported that Kobe Bryant said Tracy McGrady was the toughest that he had ever played against. Needless to say, those are some seriously flattering accolades from somebody who is regarded as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.
Like Bill Walton and other former stars who never quite reached their full potential for the duration of a complete career, T-Mac was plagued with injuries throughout his 16 years in the NBA.
The conclusion to McGrady’s NBA career ended not-so-glamorously with a loss in the 2013 NBA Finals at the hands of LeBron James and the Miami Heat. However, even though that NBA championship proved to be elusive, many regard T-Mac as a generation-defining player who has earned the right to be enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame.
McGrady did end his interview on First Take by saying that although his NBA career may be over, his professional basketball career is not necessarily complete. He will continue to entertain the possibility of playing in China, where he is extremely popular.
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