Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  59 responses

Surprise: T-Mac’s Season is Over

by Marcel Mutoni

Tracy McGrady let ESPN‘s Stephen A. Smith know last night what everyone already suspected: He’s dunzo for the year, and who knows for how long thereafter.

According to Smith’s report, McGrady will undergo the always-dreaded microfracture surgery on his gimpy left knee, effectively ending his already disappointing 2008-’09 campaign.

In an ironic twist of fate, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander had come out yesterday and strongly claimed that he wasn’t looking to deal his ailing forward despite the persistent rumors. Um, Leslie, it doesn’t look like anyone would’ve taken him anyway.

For the last time, the Houston Rockets: They are who we thought they were!

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  • Hussman25

    T-MAC has REALLY turned into Penny, but not in the way I thought he would… DAMN KNEES!@!!!!

  • Hussman25

    Oh… and FIRST!

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Nooooooooooo! (…body cares anymore)

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

    At least Houston will save money on that Championship parade.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    That girl on the snorgtees ads to your left is rather cute with the bunny teeth and all

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan


  • orso94

    Seems to me that TMac looks fat for the past 4 years. Not a “Big Baby” kind of fat, but he sure didn’t have those cheeks this big back in Orlando.
    Sometimes out of shape=injured.
    Just like Ronaldo in soccer.

  • slamfan4life

    awww nooo……what else is new

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    couldn’t see this coming. Russ, could you come in here for a moment? I need your wit.

  • jay

    hmmm…I never disliked his game. I just hope next time(if) he comes back he makes sure he is 100% because people always remember the last sh*t you do, never the good stuff.

  • Andy

    T-Mac needs a move to Phoenix and the miracle workers on their medical staff.

  • J.Deneer

    I feel for players who just cant get over the injuries. Microfracture might just end it for TMac, too bad. RAPS!

  • Ken

    Remember when T-Mac was the star, and Grant Hill was the chronically injured potential-star sidekick? Now T-Mac is the perpetually injured potential-star piece on the Rockets.

  • Jack

    he seems like nice guy, too. best of luck, tray.

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

    I think even Amare, who is the poster child for this surgery being successful, was out almost a year and a half.

  • Squirrel7

    So, after everyone jumped on the Rockets bandwagon in the summer and claimed they could win it all, they’re now without T-Mac, and allegedly looking to trade Artest, leaving it all on the injury-prone Yao? Will they even make the playoffs? However you feel about T-Mac, sucks to be him right now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/teamairyork blackice87

    so if the rockets get out of the first round and he’s injured….does it count?

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

    he’s only 29…

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    thats bad news man, used to love watchin TMac attack the rim. That dunk on Bradley is still one of my faves and the call Harlen did on it is my all time fave.

  • DC

    Oh well

  • Isaiah K

    I wonder if Washington wants him, they love injuries!

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    That’s one way to make sure you don’t get traded before the deadline.

  • MKP

    These series of misfortunes are simply bad karma that stems back to the day he shafted Toronto because as we can all clearly see he failed in Orlando and is failing in Houston and will contine to fail anywhere else he ends up.

  • Blue

    Man, they’re still my team. Ironically they are more fun to watch without T-Mac this year. I believe we have a chance to make it to the 2nd round depending on the seeding…and I think T-Mac will want to kill himself when we do.

  • donlaker

    t mac i wish you luck… and i hate to see yao and skip to my lou and a. brooks , have to do all the work. would a shaq for mcgrady trade work for anybody……van gundy said you were the team to beat in the west……you make alot of cheddar/jack/provolone , and in 2010 who will give you the veterans minimum? houston wont have that money curse on them anymore … try and get back with vince carter somehow

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m so glad I’m not a Rockets fan.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    And Amare was just 20 years old when he had the surgery, not 33 like T-Mac. That doesn’t bode well for his recovery time. MAybe he’ll get motivated to rehab all of a sudden, but I just don’t see it.

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

    t-mac for agent zero…

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

    That was my point, ciol. Being that Tracy is 29 and quickly approaching 40, having this surgery at this point in his career seems like a swan song of sorts. Nice knowing ya, TMac.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    thats what happens when u decide to leave T-dot!!!
    take notes CB4

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Von Wafer, come on down!!!

  • Joe

    How far has T-Mac fallen off?: well, a few years ago he scored 13 points in :35. Now he’s like avg. 13 points in 35 games this year!!!!!!!!!

  • CHE

    While he is getting surgery on his knee he should get surgery on his lazy eye too. I never know who or what he is looking at.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    There’s no magic in Phoenix, enough of that already

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Squirrel, Yao’s not exactly injury prone, i see it more like bad luck, tmac is who is injury prone..

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    How’s that “last laugh” coming along, Tracy?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    It’s one thing for another injury to possibly ruin the season, but it’s another thing to go out like a bitch the way Tmac has. There’s all kinds of signs that point to him not really needing surgery. He also spilled the news to Smith right after the Rockets owner had held a press conference and basically said they had tmac’s back and weren’t going to just kick him to the curb, and would have an update on the injury in the next few days. Then ESPN is reporting Tmac is out and will have surgery. Sounds like Tmac didn’t even tell the team of his decision. And like always, he decides to release bad news right after a very solid win.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    ok i just read this, Daryl Morey was interviewed this morning, according to him Tracy is or will be in chicago looking for another opinion. It sounds more and more like a move by tracy to block a trade, afterall the reason the nets wouldn’t take him is because they weren’t sure if he’d be able to play.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and i wouldn’t be surprised if houston got past the first round, everytime tracy goes out they play a lot better, ball movement, spacing, a lot of guys getting involved rather than just 2 or 3..

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

    tmac used to be so great.

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    tracy tracy tracy. what do we do with you?

  • http://www.youtube.com/mandiixoxo Amanda

    thats all I can do, is laugh. Not at the fact he’s hurt, not at the fact Houston’s looking about as hopeful as the Astros, but that we all knew it was coming. All of us did. His chicken legs(yes, chicken legs. look at them. scrawny little things can barely bear his weight) have finely broken down. Not even a glass of milk every day could’ve prevented this. Well, farewell Tracy. You’re one of a kind, outstanding all star to say the least.

    ps- does anyone remember the high-caliber Orlando Tracy? Those were the days he torched the hardwood.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    We should basically consider this a 2 year retirement, and 2010 as his comeback year. And yeah, he should sign with Pheonix. There probably won’t be anyone around him there by then, but at least he’ll be brought back to life.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great last line.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I hope Gilbert takes this as a lesson and sit his a$$ down until his legs are okay.

  • Big Marv

    Penny part 2….He idolized Penns in the worst way, be careful what you wish for, it might actualy come through. Next stop Phoenix, NYC, South Beach….Be on the All 2000 All Star Teams on NBA 2k10.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV
  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Best of luck to T-Mac.

  • BostonBaller

    McGrasy is talented but…. He seems to always be hurt or angry R both. lol.

    He hasn’t been a fit for any team he has played on. I don’t think he is or ever was a player a team could build around. He is the injury proned version of Marion.

  • truthteller

    it’s a damn shame that T-Mac’s career is turning out this way. Is he the new Penny or Grant Hill?

  • kboogie201

    I can’t take credit for this, but someone posted once that because he’s been so prone to injuries. He should now go by T-Pain instead of T-Mac. I’m going to have to agree. T-Pain hasn’t been the same since his days in O-town.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    I been calling him T-Pain for months now. Anyway, McGrady in Houston is done. Microfracture knee surgery will keep him out the rest of this year and most likely all of next year as well. T-Pain is an unrestricted free agent in 2010, and the Rockets would be crazy to match his asking price, unless he’s asking for $15 mil or less over two years.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This is the kind of situation where you just look and think…why do team so freely throw money at guys..?? 20 million this year…23 million next year….to a guy that wont play half of each season…and probably not appear in any playoff games… sure its a shame, for the organisation…but its daylight robbery – at the end of the day though… it just shows me that half the people that are in personel/staff jobs for million-dollar ball clubs really are not any good at their jobs. its that simple.
    Steve Kerr @ Phoenix is a PRIME example of that.
    So are those at the top of the pecking order for Houston therefor.

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Lmfao@these comments. Yall are off the chain. As a female basketball fan, I used to love watching the old T-Mac play. He was right up there with the LeBrons, the D-Wade’s and the Kobes of the league talent and scoring wise. I don’t know why he’s so prone to injuries, something isn’t right because the timing of his injuries seems to fall right into something drastic that happens to the team. Anyway I miss the old T-Mac he’s only 29 and should still be balling like crazy, but I guess someone has a voo-doo doll with a number 1 Rockets Jersey on it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Bloody hell. This is ridiculous.

  • jacori robinson

    man t-mac and penny r my idols i just hope i dont get injured like them when i go to the nba
    . 6″1 1/2 160lbs. avg 8.5 ppg,14rpg,3bpg,1.3 spg! 8th grade lindale junior high lindale,tx

  • jacori robinson

    man t-mac and penny r my idols i just hope i dont get injured like them when i go to the nba
    . 6″1 1/2 160lbs. avg 8.5 ppg,14rpg,3bpg,1.3 spg! 8th grade lindale junior high lindale,tx

  • http://www.g-mail.com jane

    you have to semangat