Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 4:46 pm  |  29 responses

TMac Sidelined For 3 More Weeks

by Ryne Nelson

Don’t worry Rockets fans, your built-in ‘injury’ excuse is still in place—Tracy McGrady will be out three weeks with a sore left knee.

The Houston Chronicle has the report (I totally didn’t see this one coming):

Tracy McGrady said he will be out of the Rockets’ lineup for another three weeks as he works on rehabilitating his sore left knee, which underwent arthroscopic surgery and has been a problem all season.

“Probably about three weeks,” McGrady said following Tuesday’s workout on the Toyota Center practice court. “Obviously, I came back a little bit too early. My knee is still healing and it’s not ready.”

It’s worth noting doctors initially told McGrady he should play to strengthen his knee after surgery. As reported yesterday:

Rockets doctors have said the 6-8 McGrady can best get back to full strength by playing. McGrady had surgery May 6 to remove loose particles in his left knee, missed most of training camp and the preseason, and has struggled.

So McGrady played the first 15 games and ended up hurting worse? Nice.

Mac missed the Rockets’ last three games, and Houston lost two of them. Now, if they want to remain elite, all the burden is on Yao’s shoulder.

Who would have guessed it?

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  • http://www.toronto.com Mr. 416

    I could have……

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It is only news now if he IS playing.

  • LA Huey

    No way. Dude’s usually so durable.

  • John D

    adidas needs to put “Mr. Glass” on his shoes.

  • The Black Clark Kent

    Haha. John D. that’s cold.

  • http://abba.com Jukai

    I hope he’s healthy enough to lose the first round of the playoffs

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Jukai, you’re right. Only *with* TMac have the Rockets have lost in the first round.

  • riggs

    don should let mac have a sip of his flask

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Oh, boy. RV, Hursty: Put the gun down. Everything’s gonna be all right.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Man, what’s with the hate? Being hurt is not a joke, especially the knee

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    Is he dying, Sesa? Is he still getting paid? I can laugh at it. Case closed.

  • Bostwik

    When was the last time he WASN’T hurt?

  • King David

    im saying though Bostwik

  • CP34MVP

    Plastic knees!

  • Nashty

    Here we go again…..it would be Yao’s turn to sit out next March…..

  • Will Lee

    trade him for Vince!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Ryne, tmac didn’t hurt himself any worse it just hasn’t healed yet and it wasn’t suppose to until 2months into the season. the puzzling thing is apparently he can’t hurt it anymore by playing on it and he’s suppose to play to get it back to full strength, yet he’s shutting it down for a month…rumor is Tmac is just unhappy with the way he’s played and is taking time off, whatver that means.

  • andy

    rockets were going 2 win…..WERE!

    Come On TMac! I was counting on you

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    I don’t see what the big hype about Houston winning a ring is about, we all know one of McGrady,Yao,and Artest if not all of them, are going to get injured and they’ll end up with the the fourth or fifth seed in the West behind Los Angeles, San Antonio,New Orleans,and maybe even Utah

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper


  • 王骁男

    Tracy is not a leader forever.but houston always has a ritual being stronger slowly

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Josh D, there is no hype..and if there is/was there was always an * after it.

  • rikson

    And T-Mac has left the building…ahh the league.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    like i said, he’s done. Yao would be next…believe it

  • jaywhy

    who? oh the 2nd round virgin?

  • ClydeSays

    Is Battier back? Play Ron at the 2 and see what happens. It’s not like they have a ton of options.

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    T-Mac’s Fave Five: Dr James Andrews, CVS pharmacy, Hosuton Orthopedics Center,Crutches ‘R Us, Meals on Wheels.

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    It’s too bad-he’s a great player with “Grant Hill Syndrome”. If not for the injuries…yada, yada, yada.

  • Amanda

    KobeWearsAPurpleThong, thats funny.
    I’m afraid TMac is officially DUST