by Marcel Mutoni

Tracy McGrady isn’t the most popular dude in the state of Texas these days. Many Rockets fans feel he quit on the team, and some will no doubt be pleased if Houston can shed the first-round Playoff monkey off its back without him.

After his latest interview, T-Mac’s approval rating in Clutch City is sure to hit a new low. The rehabbing McGrady was asked who he thinks will win the title this season, and instead of picking his own team (who lead the Blazers in their opening round series), Tracy chose a bitter conference rival.

From Sports Radio Interviews:

His pick for the title:

“Lakers. (Host: That easy, again?) It’s no knock on Cleveland, I think Cleveland’s gonna get there… Cleveland to me is really not that good. If you take what the Celtics did last year…You knew, they were either gonna get to the finals, or they were gonna win it. You can’t really say the same thing about the Cavaliers. Although, they had the best record in the league this year, a lot of people like, ‘Okay, they havin’ a great year, but we don’t know if they can win the championship.’

They really didn’t do anything on the road with the elite teams in the league, they lost, they had a bad record when they went to face the elite teams in the league. I think they’re a good team, but I don’t they’re ready to take the next step.”

Imagine if the L.A. and Houston meet in the second round, and Mac is in the building. It might be the first time that Kobe gets booed less by Rockets fans than another player.