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Tracy McGrady retires from the NBA
Monday , Aug , 26 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

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.

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Tracy McGrady Signs With Spurs. PLayoff Eligible.
Wednesday , Apr , 17 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Tracy McGrady Signs With Spurs. PLayoff Eligible.

Tracy McGrady signed with the San Antonio Spurs yesterday. He is playoff eligible and SA's ready to make a run.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Scooping up McGrady at this point in the season is genius. The Spurs may win the West after all.

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Easter Sunday- 5 Greatest “Comebacks” In NBA History
Saturday , Mar , 30 , 2013 Paul Eide

Easter Sunday- 5 Greatest “Comebacks” In NBA History

While you're chasing the Easter Bunny tomorrow, don't forget to stop, think and reflect on the NBA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: In honor of what some call the greatest "comeback" in history, i.e. the resurrection tomorrow, check out this list.

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Rumor: Tracy McGrady To Bobcats
Tuesday , Sep , 04 , 2012 Paul Eide

Rumor: Tracy McGrady To Bobcats

Tracy McGrady has had multiple workouts with the Charlotte Bobcats recently.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Does T-Mac have anything left?

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

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.

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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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Tracy McGrady’s NBA Legacy – When was he ever underrated?
Tuesday , Sep , 06 , 2011 J.N.

Tracy McGrady’s NBA Legacy – When was he ever underrated?

I’m laughing at the notion. Actually, everyone should be laughing because when the hell was Tracy McGrady ever underrated? We’re not talking about Mark Aguirre underrated here. Aguirre never made all NBA First teams and never averaged 32.1 points per game for a season. McGrady retired two years ago and the T-Mac today is nothing but a rusty old aging robot for the Detroit Pistons. I’m trying to give the idea a thought – was McGrady underrated at any point in his career? 

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Sunday , Aug , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Heat interested in McGrady –but not T-Mac?

If the Heat cannot sign preferred choices Shane Battier, Grant Hill or Tayshaun Prince postlockout, Miami will consider Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady, among others.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Would the ‘Three Kings’ welcome a king turned pawn in Tracy McGrady to South Beach?  

Well, the Miami Heat may have interest in McGrady, but only if - and this is a massive if - he agrees to a supporting role next to Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

The former All-Star would have to accept that the ‘T-Mac’ era is done and become the player he was at the start of his career with the Toronto Raptors.

Up north he used athleticism, length, and quickness to complement Vince Carter, who was then the league’s fastest rising superstar.

Back then McGrady defended any and every situation. He locked opponents down; he helped teammates; and he pressed and trapped in the open court.

McGrady also stuffed the stat-sheet. He collected assists, rebounds, and steals; doing the all-important little things to help right the Raptors' fortunes.

Finally, McGrady can’t be ‘That Guy’. He can’t be the veteran malcontent that complained and bragged in Orlando and Houston, and was partly responsible for sabotaging Detroit’s 2010-11 season.

If he’s humble, if he’s hungry, and if he takes another contract for the minimum, then McGrady may land in Miami when the lockout ends.

The alternative is to keep clinging to the ‘T-Mac’ identity and finish his career playing meaningless basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Is Yao Ming a Hall of Famer?
Wednesday , Jul , 20 , 2011 J.N.

Is Yao Ming a Hall of Famer?

The Great Wall of Houston officially retired from the NBA. Most of us were waiting for the past three years now. Yao was obviously trying his hardest to get back, but the mind finally gave in. He finally accepted it after all this time. Houston moved on a long time ago, but we will never forget what Yao brought to the NBA (besides injuries) such as his skills and the gates opening up for China. 

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Monday , Jul , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would ‘T-Mac’ fit with Celtics?

If he was willing to accept a bench role, the Celtics could find minutes to utilize his skill set and really allow him to thrive without the weight of having to be pre-2007 McGrady.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Would he accept a role?

Tracy McGrady heading to the Boston Celtics sounds good, however, there's the risk the former superstar won't accept less minutes, less shots, and less touches with Doc Rivers' squad.

After all, McGrady still, to some extent, believes he's 'T-Mac', the seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champ. Last year McGrady, despite being past-his-prime, acted like a spoiled first-option and undermined Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester.  

Such behaviour would never fly in Boston. He'd have to check his ego. He'd have to sit and watch his peers –veteran stars like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce – play. And he'd have to come off-the-bench.

In short, he'd have to become a professional. Nothing else would be tolerated by Rivers and GM Danny Ainge.

Of course, there is an alternative. McGrady can sign with another rebuilding squad and try parlaying the extra minutes and extra shots into a final, decent-money contract.

That would mean more meaningless basketball, though. In fourteen seasons, McGrady has never made the second round –ever. There was the choke-job with Orlando; there were tears in Houston.

Hopefully, McGrady has pride. Hopefully, he considers Boston. Hopefully, he becomes a professional –if he signs. It's not too late to salvage what he can.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: ‘Bron is a star. MJ Best ever’

Tracy McGrady: 'Bron is a star!. Huge potential. MJ best ever.''

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Tracy McGrady knows about being a star with 'huge potential'.

Once upon a time, he was a terrific scorer for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets; however, he failed to lead either team past the first round of the playoffs.

Now he’s past his prime. Injuries have taken its toll. And he’s a problem.

For instance, McGrady led a players’ revolt in Detroit last year. And the veteran laughed when Coach John Kuester was ejected. Thankfully, his career is winding down.

His call on James is accurate, though. Right now, he can’t touch Michael Jordan, the greatest player of all time. One day they may be in the same breath.

McGrady has had a mixed career, but this was one thing he got right.

--Oly Sandor.

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Farewell 1990s Basketball.
Saturday , May , 21 , 2011 J.N.

Farewell 1990s Basketball.

Tough to hear, but it is time. The stars, for anyone 26 years or older, drafted from the 1990s are fading away. Let’s use the present to say our goodbyes.   Father time usually corresponds with age and decline in play. This is it. We have been following these guys since middle school. Some of you guys must have been following them since elementary days. Do not feel old. Age is merely a number. Longevity in anything is actually a state of mind, but not in sports. For anyone living under a rock, Macho Man just died. With that said, let's appreciate these players while they are still alive.

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Thursday , Mar , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: ‘I see myself playing five more years’

“I see myself playing five more years,’’ McGrady said. That might not be easy for McGrady, a 14-year veteran who turns 32 in May. He has a lot of wear and tear on his body, something he said came from all those years of having to carry the Magic and Rockets.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Tracy McGrady could easily float his way through the NBA for another five years.

He could bounce from irrelevant destination to irrelevant destination, getting minutes as a reserve and spot starter.

Hopefully, he’s learned from his experience with the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully, he’s learned playing for a mediocre franchise isn’t much fun. And hopefully, McGrady will sign on for the minimum with a contender and agree to play a role.

McGrady will never again be T-Mac, the 30 points per game superstar of the past. But he can still use his length, passing ability, and athleticism to facilitate and defend for teammates.

In short, McGrady needs to hit up Classic ESPN and watch highlights of his time with the Toronto Raptors. Back then, he was a very good complementary player.

Of course, McGrady was willing to play a secondary role. And it remains to be seen if he’d do it again –even if it meant getting to play meaningful basketball for a contender.

--Oly Sandor

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30 is the New 40; Age and the NBA
Tuesday , Mar , 08 , 2011 Paul Eide

30 is the New 40; Age and the NBA

 

It seems like basketball players age quicker than any other of the major sports, with the exception of the running back in the NFL. When a running back hits 30, he’s invariably done and this has been proven over and over again. Is the same thing true for NBA players? Is 30 the death knell for most pure scorers? Centers and even power forwards (Shaq, Kurt Thomas I’m looking at you) can hang around forever because you “can’t teach size” and at the very least they provide a defensive presence.  But a scorer isn’t afforded the same luxuries and is usually jettisoned at the first hint of decline in production.
     
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Saturday , Mar , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy: ‘Tracy McGrady should be a Hall of Fame player’



“Tracy McGrady was 1,000 hours of practice,” Van Gundy said to laughter from the audience. “He should be a Hall of Fame player. His talent was other-worldly. He was given a great leg up in the race against other players. He’s as close as I’ve ever seen to someone with a perfect body and a good mind.”

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For Tracy McGrady, it was never about winning or about being the best he could for his team.

Not in Toronto. Not in Orlando. Not in Houston. Not in New York. And not in Detroit, either.

For McGrady, it has always been about one thing: getting his. Minutes, touches, and shots have always taken precedence over wins and losses.

Sadly, McGrady still could have salvaged something from his career this summer. He could have signed on as a reserve with a contender. He could have agreed to play a role; blocking shots, facilitating, and using his length on defense like he did with the Toronto Raptors. 

Instead, he’s part of the problem with the Detroit Pistons. No matter how much you hate your boss, there’s never an excuse for not appearing at practice like McGrady did last week.

Sadly, there was no punishment. After all, the Pistons are in flux; Coach John Kuester is a lame duck; Executive Joe Dumars is on shaky ground; and the roster has underachieved.

Change won’t occur until the team is sold, so McGrady got off scotch free for his no-show. Things could be different in a few months, though.

In July, McGrady becomes an unrestricted free agent. Teams will see his numbers:  9 points and 4 assists. Teams will remember his one-day boycott. And they`ll take a pass.

His career will be over with a whimper. Bottom line: the great McGrady will go down as a ‘should have’.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Feb , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Piston players laugh when Coach Kuester ejected

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Yesterday was not good for the Detroit Pistons.

Veterans Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, and Chris Wilcox skipped the morning shootaround as a way of protesting against Coach John Kuester.

Many of those same players were caught by television cameras laughing on the bench when Kuester was ejected from the Pistons’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Clearly, something has to give with the Pistons. And soon.

Watch the clip below of Kuester’s ejection and get at us with thoughts on the mess in Detroit.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chris Bosh: ‘Ah … I miss Toronto’

Ah...I miss Toronto. We always joke and laugh about the good times we had there, me and my friends. It’s good to miss something. If I didn’t miss it, that mean I didn’t have a good time.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Memo to Chris Bosh. Just stop. Stop talking to the Toronto media because it won’t change a thing.

Bosh, who ditched Toronto for Miami as a free agent last July, won’t change fans’ opinions by giving feature interviews. In fact, he’s making things worse.

The city’s five daily newspapers, three national television stations, and loyal fans are dissecting each word of every quote. Each time Bosh opens his mouth he adds fuel to the fire.

They won’t forget, let go, or move on, either. Take Tracy McGrady. He bolted Toronto years ago, but remains public enemy number one each and every time he plays in the Air Canada Centre. 

Then there’s Vince Carter. His jersey has been burnt. Radio stations have pranked his hotel room. And fans shower him with boos whenever he suits up in Toronto.

Bosh should expect the same treatment. The way he left neutralizes the seven years he spent in The Big Smoke.

His best course of action is to stop talking about the past in Toronto and win big in Miami.

--Oly Sandor.

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The 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons will miss playoffs again.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

The 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons will miss playoffs again.

You know things were looking weird in Detroit when general manager Joe Dumars was rumored to be looking at other GM jobs around the league. His prized signing of Ben Gordon did not go as planned and Charlie Villanueva ended up coming off the bench. Ben Gordon was utilized the same way. Dumars signed Gordon to roughly $58 million and Villanueva to $37.7 million. That’s about $95.7 million for two bench guys.

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Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charlie Villanueva has starter`s mentality for Detroit Pistons

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been preparing himself for a starting role this summer. Jonas Jerebko appears to be the odds-on favorite to be Detroit's starting small forward, but Villanueva plans on challenging for the job. "That's my mentality – to be a starter," Villanueva said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a delicate balance for Charlie Villanueva.

On the one hand, it’s a positive that Charlie ‘V’ wants to start. The forward surely wants to redeem himself after his poor 2010, and prove he’s worth the five-year, $35 million free agent pact he signed.

On the other hand, Villanueva’s individual goals may get in the way of the Detroit Pistons’ goal of improving. And Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Tayshaun Prince are preparing for comeback campaigns of their own.

There are only so many shots. And there are only so many minutes.   

With Gordon, Hamilton, and T-Mac looking to score, Villanueva may not get many opportunities. And the former Connecticut Husky isn`t much good unless he`s filling up the bucket.

Perhaps Villanueva should reconsider what he wants to achieve in 2011. This would be good for him and the Pistons.

--Oly Sandor.


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Why players like Tracy McGrady don’t get it
Thursday , Aug , 19 , 2010 J.N.

Why players like Tracy McGrady don’t get it

This is not about statistics. This is not about play style or comparisons. This is about psychoanalysis. *Yawn* right? No, I’m not going to sit you down on some couch and listen to you lament about regrets on sexual games you haven’t explored with a significant other or some petty crap about your desires to sniff Sharpies while wearing your sister’s clothes. No, I’m not going to do that. Gross. I’m not Sigmund Freud. Rather this is a breakdown of the mind of certain players such as Tracy McGrady. Some might call it “Allen Iverson territory.” I call it “the Rick Astley Syndrome.”

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