by Marcel Mutoni

It’s now well past the point where following the career of one Tracy McGrady requires bringing along a box of tissues. The sadness just never ends.

Mac was forced to leave the Thunder/Rockets game last night early in the third quarter, after his surgically-reconstructed knee “gave out” on him. And from the sound of things, Tracy won’t be seeing the basketball court for a while.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“My knee gave out on me,” McGrady said. “They told me if I was to go back in, and they saw me limping they were going to take me back out. I was like, “Well, that’s what you’re pretty much going to see. My knee is feeling right. I hate to do this, but I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow and until, further notice, I’m going to have to shut it down.”

“Tonight, I went back to square one, like before even surgery. I’ve always been feeling it, but tonight, before that particular play, I came up and it just gave out on me. I’ve been trying to work my way into playing shape and strengthen my leg. I’ve never been 100 percent. I’ve just been hoping playing on it would put me over the edge and I won’t have any more pain, but it hasn’t worked.”

As if Rockets fans hadn’t suffered enough, the hoop gods added to the pain by delivering injury scares to Yao Ming (left ankle) and Ron Artest (left ankle) – both of those guys, however, insist that they will not miss any game action.

The good news, I suppose, is that the team was able to hang on for the win against the miserable Thunder.