Tracy McGrady on Hawks: ‘I’m tired of this (bleep)’
Hawks forward Tracy McGrady’s private frustrations over his playing time finally boiled over after he played just 4:39 during the 97-77 loss to the Blazers late Saturday. “I’m tired of this [bleep],” McGrady said. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”McGrady didn’t play after halftime against the Blazers. He didn’t dress for Atlanta’s 101-99 victory at Phoenix Thursday but said it was his decision to rest for the second game of a back-to-back. Against the Blazers, McGrady never returned after Marvin Williams replaced him with 7:21 left in the first half.
HoopVibe’s Very Quick Call: Nothing has changed. Tracy McGrady is still about one person: himself.
The former All-Star, who is on the back-end of a mixed career, is complaining to reporters about his playing time with the Atlanta Hawks.
McGrady was signed in mid-December by Atlanta to come off the bench, spell the starters, and provide depth.
His play has been mixed, so coach Larry Drew recently cut McGrady’s minutes, which prompted his outburst.
It seems the lanky swing still struggles with professionalism. After all, he complained in Houston, Orlando, and Toronto, and led an all-out revolt last year in Detroit.
Atlanta was his chance to show he could play a role and contribute to a playoff contender.
Well, so much for that idea. Nothing has changed with McGrady. He’s about himself, and always will be.
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