Sunday , Aug , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: ‘I’m not changing’

"I’m not changing anything," McGrady said at his introductory news conference on Aug. 16. "I’m only 31 years old. I’m not 44 or 41. … I might not be dunking on anybody like I used to, but I’m going to put the ball in the hole. Who was that, (Mehmet) Okur, I dunked on in ’03? I might not be doing stuff like that … but I still can put it in the hole."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I appreciate his confidence.

After being written off by fans, journalists, and franchises, Tracy McGrady has an axe to grind. He’s desperate to prove he’s T-Mac, the high-flying scorer of years past.

And this could present problems. At times, McGrady can still embarrass opposing defenses and fill up the hoop. To salvage his career he must change. He must do other things.

For instance, in Toronto, McGrady was a stat-stuffer. His length, athleticism, and desire allowed him to block shots, rebound, and post multiple steals per game. He was also a decent passer.

Today, McGrady is much older and less athletic. While he can’t be that Scottie Pippen type of player, he must do more than score. He must try to be a well-rounded player.

If he just worries about scoring, he’ll post numbers on a bad Detroit team, but no contender will sign him next summer when he hits free agency.

–Oly Sandor.

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