by Marcel Mutoni

By now, it seems as though people have stopped blaming Tracy McGrady for being eternally stuck in First Round hell. The majority of folks simply feel sorry for the guy.

He’s certainly not perfect – McGrady has made some questionable decisions in the first two games of the Jazz/Rockets series, and hasn’t exactly seemed like the most strong willed individual following the losses – but he’s doing just about everything he can to carry his depleted team.

Forced to answer the same questions he’s been asked since the first time he failed to get his team past round 1, Mac decided to make light of the situation.

“It’s my fault,” McGrady said. “It’s my fault we missed free throws. It’s my fault we lost both games. Blame me. It’s my fault we fouled to tie the game up. That’s my fault. It’s my fault they get easy layups. It’s my fault we’re not executing well on the offensive end. It’s my fault a couple people in the stands ordered Heinekens and they got Budweiser. It’s my fault. I’m sorry.”

“Everybody’s blaming me. The Suns (for being down 2-0 to the Spurs). I mean, everybody. That’s what it seems like. It’s my fault. I’m out there by myself.”

“That’s another one of my faults: that Rafer got hurt and Yao got hurt,” McGrady said. “It’s my fault. I’m sorry.”

Since this whole basketball thing (after the 82nd game of the season, anyway) isn’t working out so well for Mac, why doesn’t he try stand-up? It is often said, after all, that most great comics are manic depressives.