Friday, August 30, 2013

T-Mac Officially Retires From The NBA...Wait, He's Not Already Retired? - Leaving open the door to play overseas, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA on Monday.

"It's been 16 years playing the game I love. I've had a great run, but it's time for it to come to an end," McGrady said on ESPN's "First Take."

McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that started in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school.

McGrady signed with the San Antonio Spurs in April after working his way back from injuries but never got on the floor for a team that made a run to the Finals.

McGrady told "First Take" that he still thinks he can play and was disappointed not to get a chance to help San Antonio.

"When we were in the Finals and Manu [Ginobili] was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely," McGrady said.

He acknowledged, however, that Spurs management told him that he was an insurance policy and likely wouldn't play.

Asked to clarify whether he is considering playing in China, McGrady said: "Officially retired from the NBA. Door's still open."

T-Mac has pretty much been retired for a couple of years now anyway but I guess he wants to follow in the trailblazing steps of Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson and make a liiiiiittle bit more money overseas first (because $162 million is obviously not enough) before he eventually goes bankrupt within the next 5 years.  He played over there for a little while before he came back to the NBA anyway so it's a natural transition back there for him, and I don't know why, but them Asians love them some T-Mac.

If we've learned anything from the Rush Hour movies, other than the fact that that mother fucker Jackie Chan still can't speak English, it's that Asians love them some tall black guys over there.

I'll always remember T-Mac for 2 things.

1. He always looked super high (but maybe that was just his lazy eye).  First you have Drake trying to steal Pres' thunder with his Quasi Moto hunchback, then T-Mac reminds KFC what a real man's lazy eye looks like.  Dudes are just cashing in on the deformities of Barstool like it's nobody's business.  Protect your turf brahs.

2. This dunk from the 2002 All-Star Game.  Of course an All-Star Game highlight.

I'd have to say your career didn't live up to expectations when those are the two things I most remember...oh, and pretty much never winning in the playoffs...that too.