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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  214 responses

T-Mac on Houston’s Title Hopes, or Lack Thereof

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.

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  • cdef28

    That’s classy

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

    A half-assed answer from a half-assed player.

  • Beaker

    T-Mac’s nickname should be The Truth, not Paul Pierce’s.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    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, they lost, they had a bad record when they went to face the elite teams in the league.

    Thank You, TMac

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    He also said that Kobe was better than Bron because Bron is unselfish. Valid opinion, ridiculous argument.

  • Fat Lever

    “I think they’re a good team, but I don’t they’re ready to take the next step.” Anyone else find that statement ironic coming from a player who could never lead his team to that next step?

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

    he’s funny …

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Must be a family thing, the ability to play semi lethargic ball and pee on one’s current employer. Although i do like VC, can’t say the same about Tracy.

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

    Kiss of Death for the Lakers.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    on behalf of all other houston fans, let me once again express our ambivalence about his injury. get well soon, mac. or don’t, doesn’t matter to us.

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  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Tmac is a f*cking jinx.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    lol@Tad.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    if the rockets some how win a championship, i hope they dont give mac one.
    and or they should give him the biggest one, because its all because of him if they win.. i mean he isnt playing, thats the best he can do for any team.. not play.

  • drewz

    his opinion doesnt matter until he can get out of the first round

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I agree with his assessment.

  • http://tudobola.blogspot.com/ Edu

    T-Mac remembers me Ronaldinho Gaúcho nowadays – a complete lack of fire and a waste of talent.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @Z, he didn’t say Kobe was better than Lebron bc he’s unselfish, he said Kobe was harder to defend, bc you can’t let your guard down

  • neaorin

    Fat Lever hits it, and the foul.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Nate: great point. T-Mac is easily the MVP of the Houston rockets for not playing.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Yeah he has more money, fame, and b-ball game then me but I can confindently say he is a LOSER.

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

    I’ve never understood why players get blasted for actually saying what they think, regardless of whether or not it is not the most popular thing to say.

  • ferocity

    uh, he’s right.lebron is just that good.mo is good too.but for the most part,they aren’t really that good.as for the rockets, they’re not that good with gumby.they’re that much better without him.and it’s gotta suck.lebron is the best basketball player on the planet.and the cavs will win the championship this year.

  • tenorca

    @ TADOne: Valid point, but come on: let’s see some pride here. It’s totally indicative of Knee-Back’s usual who-gives-a-ish mentality; he doesn’t even believe his team can win. If you don’t think you can win, you don’t. (And I’m aware he’s not playing. And I’m happy for Rockets fans because of this)

  • Danny W

    T-Mac is becoming the New Stephon Marbury, he’ll wanna ‘have relations’ with his sister by June/July. I almost promise it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    ron was on dave carmichaels show last night, Ron hadn’t heard a bout this so he told him what tmac said and ron didn’t believe it, he was like “tmac didnt say that”, “nah he wouldnt say that”, he didn’t press him on it though and just left it at that..

  • donlaker

    maybe he knows something that yao doesnt, quitting
    t bac stay classy in your mega mansion and stay away from the rockets ,they are busy trying to help pay your salary ,while you are eating your garden salads…. they are playing ..
    maybe vince carter and grant hill know something about you (high priced loser/choker) you are a waste of money

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tad, here’s how i see it. If tmac was healthy and playing, he wouldnt have said LA, he would have said Houston. Or if yao was the one injured and not tmac, tmac would have said Houston. He only said LA because he isnt playing and doesnt believe Houston can do much without him. He made no mention whatsoever about the the rockets during the interview and was pretty quick to answer “lakers”. I just cant believe any other player, even if injured, would not mention their own team, who’s in the playoffs, and just had a great win to start 1-0. I can’t argue with LA being his pick, even i dont believe Houston can go all the way, but to not even say “i hope my guys can surprise everyone” is unusual. Is Manu picking LA also? Is KG going with cleveland? It sounds like a free agent talking, not someone who’s part of the team.

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

    @RV: Exactly, RV. It’s not his honesty that stings (stinks?), it’s his strange detachment. Even if he had answered “Lakers”, but said “I really hope my Rockets can do some damage this year”, it would still be acceptable. This doesn’t sound like a teammate.

  • Tavoris

    TADOne…the backlash is precisely why MJ almost NEVER talked to reported without prepping with his “team” first. Ahmad Rashad was the only exception (and he never asks challenging questions)

  • niQ

    if the rockets get passed the first round without tmac. that will definitely say something..

  • Plasticman

    Do everyone a favor Mac, and retire so can you can spend your days at camp chen-a-wanda.

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

    Fair enough, RV. I guess if Rip was injured and said Cleveland should win it all, i’d probably be a bit upset myself.

  • tenorca

    cosign RV

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

    Although, I am a pretty detached Pistons fan these days.

  • Tavoris

    niQ, we all know that T-Mac is important to the team….but the Rockets seem to lean on him TOO much when he is healthy. He is the type of player that you can run an offense thru (as he’s the best passer and creator the Rockets have had since…EVER). When he’s out, Yao is obligated to play like he’s supposed 2 do…as is Artest. It’s almost silly to say they are better without him, but they are…because they HAVE TO BE.

  • Plasticman

    Detachtmac

  • Tavoris

    The Rockets playing like they are without T-Mac + a healthy T-Mac = legit title contender. Unfortunately, the rest of the Rockets are too deferential to a player who probably can do a good job “just fitting in”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tad, i’ms urprised you didn’t go with AI, but it’s like if he picked cleveland on a radio show, of course he’s more of a newcomer compared to Tmac, but he’d get blasted just the same for not supporting his team..

  • MKP

    T-Mac should have stayed in Toronto when he had the chance because him and VC cuold have easily played in a number of Conference Finals togther and maybe had a shot at the Finals.

    But selfish career choices and actions have led him down a path to obscurity.

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

    I would like to add that Aaron Brooks has done much better in a starting role than I ever expected.

  • giogolo

    True @ mr. Tad@ 12:05….though t-mac sucks right now.
    and their just words..anybody can react ..it’s backing up your words that’s really hard for most people.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    AB can be very AI-ish..

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I don’t care if T-Mac was the healthiest player on the planet. He’d be showing no objectivity to say the Rockets will win it all. Then you all would be ripping him for being a homer.

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

    Co Co’s never rooted for an NBA champion….so she wouldn’t know how to approach this subject……it’s excusable.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    CoCo
    He isn’t paid to be objective. His team is in the playoffs, he needs to make the politically correct answer. You would think he would have learned that lesson after he admitted to not playing hard all the time. But nope, he just didn’t get it.
    Don’t answer questions honestly. Screw sports reporters. Athletes should repeat this every morning.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    The same team who everyone swears is better without him. Riiight he’s going to say, they couldn’t win it with me,but they should win it without me?? Come on.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Co Co, has an athlete ever been accused of being a homer for rooting fro HIS OWN TEAM? Ever. He knew exactly what he was saying and he had the opportunity to say something like ‘but I wish the Rockets pull off the upset’. He didn’t. Quite frankly, I’m not even sure that T-Mac WANTS the Rockets to get out of the 1st without him.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Of course he doesnt want them to get out of the first round without him. What kind of sense would that make? Seriously people. Do you think AI is rooting for Denver or Detroit? Do you think Gil actually wanted the Wiz to be good without him? That would just validate people’s claims that these players are expendable or no good or however you want to look at it. That doesn’t make them look good.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Its not about telling the truth. If a team is playing u, u say they can win the chip, even if ur the worst team in the league.
    T-mac takes an L on this one

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    As an athlete, if you don’t wish for your team to win every game whether you’re in the line up or not, you’ve got issues. Unless the front office did you dirty. Which is not the case, he’s just hurt.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Co Co, that’s incredibly selfish. And you named three guys with a me-first reputation. You think Manu wants the Spurs to lose? You think KG wants the Celts to lose? He wants them to win so bad that he’s actually a distraction to the team.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Reality is appreciated, but I have to side with MeloMan on this.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Yes because people in any walk of life should routinely reinforce that they are in fact expendable. Give me a break.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Z you just made a great point for me. We are talking about self absorbed players with a history and reputation of being such. Manu and KG are not that so it’s clearly not the same thing. When you are a KG or a Manu and you’ve won and you don’t have a bad rep and you’re a team player then of course you root for your team with or without you. They don’t fit into that category.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Is your point then that this was to be expected by T-Mac? I’d agree on that but it still would not make it okay. Rooting against a franchise that’s playing you close to 20 mil per? Not a good look unless they did you dirty. (like Mike D did Steph this year)

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    And I’m not even saying that Steph was rooting against the Knicks just that I wouldn’t be mad if he did because they didn’t treat him with any respect during the whole buy out saga. For all the bad things that happened in NY, I don’t recall Steph ever bad mouthing the organisation before the whole buy out drama.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Yes my point is that this is to be expected by a player whose value to a team is routinely questioned. And, besides that the Rockets ain’t winning the damn championship this year so he shouldn’t have said it anyway.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    He’s still alive?

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

    I’ll be upset if Ron Ron doesn’t come out with a diss track.

  • donlaker

    co co maybe he is looking at his paycheck,
    and thinking it is not enough , even if his team
    does have a chance to go past the 1st round,
    tbac (o.k. tmac) is starting to get like iverson,
    a good career but no champion ice

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Being politically correct is garbage. Say what you think and mean it. He’s right and he has the right to say whatever he thinks regardless of who he plays for. He may not think the rockets could win but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t hope it happens. Anyone blasting someone for being honest is a fool in my book. Being politically correct is another way of ass kissing and its bogus.

  • ti-sizz

    well, i dont think t-mac ever had a winner’s mentality. juss a bit too laid back if you ask me..

  • Tavoris

    CoCo…2 b honest, AI is probably rooting for the Nuggets…the only person in Denver who didn’t like AI was George Karl…he has love for all his teammates…

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

    The people that are saying that it’s wrong to blast people for having “opinions” obviously have never made millions and millions of dollars to be portrayed in a certain light……by an employer who pays your disgustingly huge salary to be part of the face of a franchise, sell merchandise, all while you collect huge money to play……..a game. If you can’t SUPPORT that team in the most benign circumstances (like this example)and not conform or be “politically correct” (what the fu*k does that mean in this example anyway, there are no politics being spoken here)then you’re pretty stupid…..in plain English. You’re a pure idiot if you think otherwise. Sorry. I can guarantee that if the people arguing this here were offered the opportunity to make 20 million a year for playing ball for a team and were looked upon to show support in a press interview to that same team……you’d all be sucking the collective co*ks of your high paying employer……unless you’re all multi- millionaires already.

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

    Eboy just figured out we weren’t millionaires?

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

    I guess so.

  • Tavoris

    Eboy…u r right on alot of points…but u are leaving out the fact that TMac has probably made the Rockets 10 times as much money as they have paid him. I mean come on, he’s been one of the sports most marketable worldwide stars (up until last year, his jersey STILL sold more in China than Yao’s).

    He (and most other NBA players) are best served keeping their mouths shut, cuz nothing he says woulda been right.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Um, no.

  • Tavoris

    and why is it okay for coaches to downplay their own teams title hopes, and not okay for players to do the same?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Ask Jerry Sloan or Kyle Korver. Apparently they’re pretty stupid too.

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

    Uhm…….yeah……it’s not a bright stance to take. Sorry.

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

    Talking up another player in the press is fine….it’s respect for a guys abilities……you can’t fault a dude for taking that type of stance ’cause if that player is better than you….he might be trying to embarass you if you act out. Not giving YOUR team ANY type of support, like in Tracy’s example today, while they’re in a playoff position is basically……well you figure it out.

  • Tavoris

    it wasn’t bright, but he woulda got beat up if he even mentioned the Rockets….seeing that he apparently (read: did) quit on the team.

    I dont’ see anything different about what he said from what coaches say about teams all the time. The Rockets AREN’T gonna win this year (Unless Kobe, Bron, CP3, Chauncey, TP, AND Dwight Howard all get kidnapped by pirates today)…also, how wrong is it to root for the team that YOUR BEST FRIEND plays on???

    Additionally, something about this “quote” screams on the response being taken out of context.

  • Tavoris

    did he “not” mention the rockets, or did the reporter ask him who would win between the Cavs and the Lakers?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tavoris, he was asked who his pick was to win it all, he said lakers..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tavoris, the fact that you think the hornets or spurs cant beat Houston lowers your credibility….and who’s the best friend??

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    How many Rockets fans actually expect their team to win it all? Are they not showing any support for their team or are they just being realistic? By not picking Yao for MVP was Mac not showing his team support or was he just answering a question honestly and objectively? How much a player makes should have no bearing on whether he likes his teams chances at winning the championship, something that only one team out of thirty can actually achieve. He gets paid to play basketball, not lie. It’s not as though he said that he didnt expect the Rockets to be one of the sixteen teams to make the playoffs. And its not as though he was asked who was going to win the series his team is currently in. And considering that their expected opponent in the next round beat them four straight times and has the player who he just professed to be the best in the league, then hes still just being realistic.

  • Tavoris

    RV…the whole of that conversation up to that point was revolving around Kobe and Lebron…it’s obvious that the question was really Who would win between the Lakers and the Cavs…

    MEDIA SPIN

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    No Myles, they’re pure idiots just like the rest of us who don’t blindly support everything our employer does.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I was referencing your Jerry Sloan/Kyle Korver comment.

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

    If he can’t say how he feels, then what’s the use in talking? Seriously. Money isn’t everything man.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Eboy
    I think you’re wrong.
    This is about being politically correct because given their media stature, athletes are quite similar to politics.
    They need to weigh out the pros and cons for their statements and decide what’s the best thing for them to say without catching flak.
    It would be cool if athletes could just be honest and speak their minds, but the reaction from the media and fans to athletes with unpopular opinions is ridiculous. Honesty may be the best policy, but discretions is a must have when you’re a black multi-millionaire playing sports.
    Folks don’t want to hear athletes speak their minds, they want to hear tried and true cliches that reinforce the idea that this millionaires are grateful for the opportunity to shorten their life spans and impact their long-term health for money and fame.
    That’s what fans want to hear and the sooner athletes understand this and behave accordingly, the easier their lives will be.
    I’m not saying it’s right that T-Mac or any athlete has to bite his or her tongue, but the prudent thing to do is watch your mouth. There are certain things I don’t say or do because of my employer. That’s a reality for all of us.
    Athletes need to understand this and ignore the ridiculous clamor from fans to “keep it real” and “be honest.”
    Those same fans will not rationally consider dissenting opinions. They will pick up their pitchforks and torches and demand that somebody by burned at the stake.

  • Tavoris

    Agreed Myles…again, there was very good reason MJ always called reporters “you people”…they spin your responses 2 make u out to be a pariah. Sure, TMac was messed up with how he handled the injury, but people forget how he carried a team with gaping holes at THREE positions to the playoffs darn near every year…or how he carried a Magic team with gaping holes at FOUR positions his entire tenure there. So, he’s honest about not playing hard all the time…u think he’s the first player to not play hard all the time? (he’s not). Many players mail in their seasons when it’s NOT a contract year…he’s just honest about his (even when it’s not in his best interests).

  • Tavoris

    well put, allenp

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    *politicians

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    To borrow an idea from Socrates (The Real Socrates, not Shaq), when you’re sick you go to a doctor, not a priest. Why the hell would you ask a loser to assess what it takes to win? T-Mac is a joke.

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

    @allenp- you just hit the nail on the head bruh.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tavoris, that’s not even close to being a media spin…prior to that question they talked about tmac and this year’s playoffs, tmac mentioned the blazers matchup, and the host repeated “we’re here with all start tmac of the houston rockets” like every minute, so it’s not like tmac was hypnotized into thinking about only the cavs or lakers, that’s a poor excuse.. spinnin responses on paper or edited audio is one thing, this was recorded non-stop audio, nothing was spun..

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

    “I’m not saying it’s right that T-Mac or any athlete has to bite his or her tongue, but the prudent thing to do is watch your mouth. There are certain things I don’t say or do because of my employer. That’s a reality for all of us.
    Athletes need to understand this and ignore the ridiculous clamor from fans to “keep it real” and “be honest.”” Uhm……yeah Allen…..I was saying this in my stupid way of thinking and writing things in a comment box……sorry if the big timers here couldn’t read it that way.

  • tenorca

    But, okay, say you’re the CEO of Burger King and some reporter asks you “Who do you think is the best fast food restaurant right now?” Now, you know it ain’t BK and you want to say “In N Out” or even “Taco Bell,” but you’re the face of BK, so you say “We are. We are bar none the best.”
    There’s no other way to play it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Myles, I think the point here is tmac doesn’t consider himself a rocket anymore, at least that’s my point. I’m a rocket’s fan, and i hope they can pull an upset, but as a basketball fan i know they probably won’t win it, so it doesn’t upset me that he thinks the lakers have a better shot at it, but he’s done quite a few things this year where he’s distancing himself, then he wants to blog about how he’s ready to help houston this year, blah blah. If he wants to speak his mind then fine, if he wants to be piliticlly correct, then fine, but dont flip flop depending on your audience.

  • Marco

    TADOne is right, the lakers are done, no questions about it

  • Kadavour

    Myles wins

  • Tavoris

    RV u r right, but the immediately preceding conversation was about Lebron and Kobe. If you think this conversation wasn’t taken out of context (even a little) then I don’t kno what 2 say.

    And again (yet again) he hasn’t said anything that any coach in the League hasn’t said about their team at one point or another. And coaches are ALSO paid ridiculous amounts of money to do what they love to do (and very rarely does a coach actually drive the profitability of a team)

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Eboy
    My only beef with your stance was your focus on the players’ salaries.
    I think too many fans worry too much about how much money athletes make.
    Quick, how much money did Ben Affleck get for that monstrousity called “Gigli?”
    Did you know that the Home Depot CEO makes about $25 million annually, which is in the MIDDLE of the pack for CEOS?
    People get all caught up on how much money athletes make and it bothers me.
    I think fans need to understand that reacting in a crazy manner to folks who express unpopular opinions is not going to encourage honesty. It’s ridiculous to expect that. I’m not saying fans don’t have a right to respond how they want, but understand that certain responses will insure you get certain comments from athletes when they are asked questions.
    That’s just the smart thing to do.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I respect that and certainly have to take Mac’s well documented apathy into consideration, but after listening to the interview it just seemed like a random conversation on sports talk radio where the hosts were looking for the opinions of an actual professional and not any obligatory responses that provided no insight for those seeking any. If he were a model teammate in every other circumstance, this probably wouldnt be newsworthy, but in looking at it as an isolated incident I didnt see much wrong with what he said. I agree with your earlier point that he couldve offered some token support to his team, but just because he didnt it shouldnt necessarily be taken as disrespect either.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tenorca, i KIND of agree, obviously CEO and a player for a team are very different positions, but i think if your tuly committed to that employer/company then you have to go with that answer, if he’s not then that’s ok, you have a right to say the truth, but don’t go back asking for a promotion or expecting to be welcomed with open arms, which again is what i feel tmac is doing, acting or saying one thing, then releasing statements on his site to regain support from Houston fans….if it’s that important for him to have their support then he definitely should be watching what he says…

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

    Allen

    Are you saying that, in turn, athletes don’t get caught up in their own money game? C’mon now…..

  • Tavoris

    RV…Tmac is rehabbing from microfracture surgery, not launching a PR campaign. He’s taken a few nights off in Houston, but he’s busted his butt to bring them into relevance post-Steve Francis…

    Honestly, he owes the Houston fans nothing…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    The CEO comparison is completely invalid because fast food chains dont compete for a championship and even if they did it would be based on irrefutable like profits or something completely subjective like a taste test. And how many fast food chains are there? A dozen? Its not the same as thirty sports franchises in direct competition with each other for a common goal. And again, I dont care how much a guy makes, his opinion should be valued the same as anyone elses. Otherwise by that logic, its implying that a player making the league minimum has more of a right to be honest than a guy making the max. But what do people insitinctively tell a player making the minimum when he offers an honest or controversial opinion? “Who the hell are you and shut the f*ck up.”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Myles, if his teammates see it as disrespect (im not saying they do/did, but if), would it be ok for fans to see it that way also? Ron wasn’t pressed to give a lengthy reponse to what tmac said on the radio show i heard last night, but he just said he didn’t believe tmac would say something like that, he seemed to think the host was joking with him, so if his own teammates find it weird, then…

  • Tavoris

    Eboy u r right, but take into perspective how much theese athletes are generating when mentioning their salaries.

    The fans go to the games/watch games/buy Jerseys because of the players. There is NO other factor driving the teams income. Inasmuch, if a player contributes mightily to that income, then they should be compensated as such. Tmac is a max-contract player, whether u like it or not. Where was Houston Rockets basketball pre-Tmac? Floundering…

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Why is honesty all of a sudden circumstantial?

  • Tavoris

    RV…u kno we can’t take Artest’s response with any more than a grain of salt. Ask Shane Battier and I’ll listen

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Possibly, but again, I just didnt hear any direct questions he responded to that could have been taken as unquestionable disrespect. If I were his teammate and I heard that, at most Id be disappointed that he didnt offer any token support. But first Id have to ask myself if I honestly believed that our team had a realistic chance to win. And if I were a Houston Rocket Id have to say no. Athletes have to take the court believing that they can win, but many times that involves suppressing all reason that tells them they wont.

  • lowpro

    good job t-mac for supporting you team u effin deucebag…you should worry about getting healthy and playing more than 20 games next season and not to mention worry ABOUT UR OWN DAMN TEAM…for now u washed overpaid overrated stupid effin scrub…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tavoris, i’m not making this up, it’s all on his site, its not what fans are asking FROM HIM, it’s what he’s asking from THEM. He wants their support, every time one of these reports comes out, he releases a statement pretty much in direct reponse to it, without actually mentioning it. He kisses up to fans in a BIG way in those statements…..he’s being two faced in a way..

  • tenorca

    While I realize it has problems, the CEO analogy is not “completely invalid.” It’s just about respecting whoever it is that’s paying your bills and giving it your all for that person/company. That includes not bad-mouthing your chances at success. It’s called taking pride in your work. It’s no surprise that T-Mac has none.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    RV I’m going to go out on a limb and say maybe someone writes those direct responses for him.

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

    On another day….when there’s not much going on, I’d like to take on Myle’s 15 fast food chain comment. There’s got to be at least 100 nationwide, in all realms of food.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I don’t see how he was disrespectful for not picking the Rockets. He was objective.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Meh. The point is still the same in that its not the same as basketball. A BK employee could say with conviction that their burgers just as good or better than McDonalds because its completely subjective. You cant throw two burgers out on a tray and tell them to decide a winner, someone has to eat them both and decide and thats still just a matter of preference rather than superiority.

  • Tavoris

    RV…TMac’s fans aren’t in Houston…they are n China.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And I wasnt trying to be disrespectful in saying your analogy was invalid, just that it wasnt applicable to this situation.

  • Tavoris

    tenorca…he plays for the Houston Rockets, but the NBA (and most other professional sports) are hardly an employer-employee relationship. Where would the Rockets be without their two best players? On their way to bankrupcy…no other employer (not in professional sports) can say they rely on their employees THAT much.

  • Tavoris

    TMac can be candid without fear of retribution, as he is in a position of power. He can rehab, sit on his butt, and NEVER play again…he’ll still get paid…so if he wants to be a prick, he has the freedom 2 do so (as long as he doesn’t do anything to violate his contract).

  • Tavoris

    I agree Coco…players tell their true heart on twitter…websites are run by Webmasters these days

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Myles
    I see your point and its a good one. But, I think the point by the other commenter was that TMac was asked his opinion about which basketball team would win the championship, and given the fact that he’s an employee of Houston, his response should have expressed some support for Houston. I think that’s logical, if not totally fair.
    CoCo
    Honesty isn’t circumstantial. But, being honest doesn’t mean speaking everything that’s on your mind, or answering every question. If somebody asks me a question that has the potential to create long-term problems for me, I’m going to find a way to answer it while avoiding those problems. That doesn’t mean lying, but it does mean I avoid spilling my guts.
    In life, there are many times when you don’t answer the question directly, or refuse to answer it at all.
    If my wife says “Baby, do I still look now that I’ve had the baby,” I’d be a damn fool to say, “Well yeah.”
    The correct answer is “Baby, I love you no matter what.”
    The correct answer for TMac, was “I love the Rockets and I think our guys have a great shot to make some noise.”

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

    Allen is the smartest person here.

  • Tavoris

    I agree eboy…he’s looking at Tmac’s objective comment objectively…

    I don’t really see what the big deal is…

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

    Damn, did I start all of this?

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

    He just put it down in terms that make the most sense Tavoris.

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

    ****pats self on back****

  • Tavoris

    yeah, u did TADOne

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    coco, i’m sure someone does, but that doesnt mean he doesnt know about it. I’m pretty sure he has to OK it. I’d maybe understand if one got out without his approval and he didn’t agree with it completely, but more than once means he backs it up, otherwise he would have stepped in and done something about it.

  • Tavoris

    actually Marcel Mutoni started it…this didn’t deserve a post on Slamonline (which has been pretty “un-gully” lately)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    AP, I think that would be the smart-and right-answer to a direct question about the Rockets chances, but after listening to the interview, the focus of the conversation didnt seem to be on his team, but NBA basketball in general. Because just as your lady would know you skirted the issue so would anyone who asked Mac about the postseason, especially considering they havent been out of the first round in almost a decade.

  • tenorca

    Myles: Absolutely no disrespect taken, though I’d argue that, at this point, the NBA is still subjective. Houston’s still got a chance (I mean, we can all agree it’s a really, really tiny one, but still). Which is to say, at this point, picking a champ is just an opinion.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    tavaris, tmac wasn’t always on the rockets, it’s aint all about china.

  • Tavoris

    thank u Myles

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

    Well, you can only post news as it presents itself to you. I would have posted this as well.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    The question wasn’t who is going to make some noise in the playoffs. It was who is going to win the championship. There is nothing wrong with the way he answered. This isn’t a life changing question. There’s no reason to use discretion about something like this. I guess he probably should have said Yao was the toughest guy to guard too. Or maybe he should have said some other Houston Rocket since they’re paying him and all.

  • tenorca

    I see Allenp beat me to it. Basically, TMac can say this exact thing if the Rockets hadn’t made the playoffs or if they get bounced. In the meantime, be a team player and root for your team.

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

    Is Co Co gonna have to smack a b*tch?!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and tavoris, we’ve pretty much have been without or two best players the last few years, and the team is nowhere near bankruptcy, at this point, fans probably love chucky hayes more than tmac…the rockets owner himself came out and had tmac’s back during the trade deadline drama, holding a press conference to shut down rumors, saying tmac was staying, they wanted him, and wanted him back next year, etc, that’s as close to employer/employee as you can get….

  • Tavoris

    RV…but he is arguably the most popular athlete in China (which has the biggest population) other than Yao….and Yao only overtook his popularity after the Olympics.

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    Did you guys hear about Andrew Bynum and Rihanna?

  • Tavoris

    RV, that’s called trying to keep fans interested…those comments had NOTHING to do with the relationship between TMac and the Rockets.

    everybody loves Chuck Hayes…but he is NOWHERE near as popular in Houston or anywhere…dont’ get it twisted…Tmac at 80% still fills more seats than every player not names Kobe, Lebron, Shaq, CP3, Dwight Howard, & Wade. not to say he’s in the same league as those players anymore, but he brings the same type of excitement.

  • Tavoris

    Antwonomous…lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    coco/tavoris, tavoris mentioned tmac can speak without fear, coco said it’s not a life changing question… tmac is a FA next year, if the fan support isnt there he won’t be re-signed even if the owner has a crush on him, that’swhat he should fear (an apparently does for him to be sucking up to fans on his site) and it could be life changing in a way because he could go from being on a contender to a lottery team, which would piss him off since he won’t win squat. Now yes there are other teams who’d want to sign him, but for the max or a high amount? I doubt it, unless he comes back ahead of schedule an shows he’s back to being tmac, which may not happen. He may not even play next year, then where’s his leverage with other teams? Won’t have much, he’ll have to settle for less, unless he’s still on good terms with houston, then they may take on him if they got faith in him…. a lot of different secnarions to consider, but he definitely should be watching what he says IF he wants to be back here.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    This is a false debate. Since when being honest prevents people from judging your comments? Yeah, he said what is on his mind and I’m criticizing him PRECISELY for that. He obviously does not care about the Rockets and that’s a shame. The fact that you’re speaking your mind doesn’t give you a free pass on being judged.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    OMG you guys are acting like he got on the radio and straight blasted the Rockets. Like he was on some ol they ain’t gone get out of the first round again type of ish. This is ridiculous.

  • Tavoris

    RV…he’s a free agent in 2010…he’s gonna b a mid-level guy by then regardless. Players take 2 years to fully recover from microfracture surgery…

    and a player being re-signed has never really been about fan support. VC is probably gonna get re-signed in Jersey, and they haven’t been able to GIVE tix away this year…fans in Houston cannot run T-Mac out, because he brings RATINGS…and as long as he has some athleticism and that court vision, he’ll continue 2 do so. Your assessment is accurate for most other players (95% of them), but not all players have proven to bring in ratings. Do you think the Rockets would get TV time if they were a 65 win team without TMac? No…would they get prime TV time if they were a 50 win team WITH TMac? Definitely.

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

    RV: TMac’s health, not these types of comments, are the only thing that will restrict him on the free agent market.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    So in fact you’re criticizing him for something he didn’t say. How does that make sense?

  • Tavoris

    Coco..jus trying to bring home the point that what he said wasn’t that serious. and if it was, ain’t nobody gonna say ish to TMac about it…cuz he could easily pull a Steph on the Rockets…and they’s b screwed (cuz we kno by now that Artest is only productive and non-disruptive during his first season with a team)

  • Tavoris

    Agreed Coco…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’ve read all the comments and digested all the arguments from Coco, Allen and Myles…. yet, I can’t see how this is not a terrible move by T-Mac. No matter how casual the conversation was, he wasn’t at the barber’s or anything. He was on the radio as Tracy McGrady, the Houston Rockets all-star. He doesn’t work for SLAM or ESPN.

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

    This we CAN blame on TMac I guess.

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

    Yup.

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

    To both Z and Tad.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Tavoris, just want to set the record straight. A Mike D was pulled on Steph, not the other way around. He showed up to camp ready to be Chris Duhon’s backup (which is insane if you really think about it because Duhon is garbage) and they told him to stay home.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Z
    I agree with your comment wholeheartedly.
    So, if I know that if I make a response that buck current public norms I’m going to get lambasted, what’s my incentive for making that response?
    Why would I as a multi-millionaire athlete whose public image is as important to my earning potential as my basketball skills do anything that could hurt that public image?
    There is no incentive.
    Which is why athletes speak in cliches 90 percent of the time.
    If the public wants folks to stop speaking in cliches, they are going to have to learn how to objectively consider issues and not respond purely with emotion. If the public doesn’t want to do that, then they need to stop b(itching about athletes hiding behind cliches.
    Anything else just seems selfish and idiotic.
    That was my point.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Okay if the Lakers don’t win it all and the Rockets do then I’ll concede this was a terrible move. K?

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

    Or just be Steve Nash.

  • tenorca

    I for one hate watching T-Mac dog it. He’s an anti-draw.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tad, it’s a business, his health will definitely play a big role, but these comments could be the deciding factor if his health is decent, but not quite 100%. If he returns to his old self, then the rockets will def pursue him, but if he’s not quite there? Maybe they work something out, if the fans are not into him anymore? They’ll probably pass.

  • Tavoris

    Z…i think the fact that he didn’t plug the Rockets is waaaay overblown…

  • Tavoris

    Z…I agree on the Mike D comment…it was jacked up…Steph did, however, skip across the country and celebrate his freedom PUBLICLY…he skirted every rule in the Player’s association “do not break” list, but didn’t violate them.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    tavoris, houston won’t be screwed, tmac needs the leverage, not the team. If tmac cant come back, then HE is screwed. Houston will be a contender with him back and healthy, or they can let him walk and should be able to draw a significant FA, they’ll have cap space, they’ll have a lot of pieces to the puzzle, and around the NBA the organization is usually considered a good one to play for.

  • Tavoris

    RV…TMac at 75% is still the 2nd best player on the Rockets…of course they’ll try to re-sign him…

  • Tavoris

    if the Rockets cared about this he woulda been fined ALREADY.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Co Co, that’s besides the point. The realistic chances of the Rockets winning it all is meaningless. / Allen, that won’t ever change because emotions are exactly what fans are seeking when they’re rooting for a sports team. No matter how good or bad Manchester Utd is in a particular year, I’ll always hope and believe that they’ll pull the upset. You have to think that you can beat Goliath in order to actually have a chance. Upsets happen and that’s why you play the games. The team with the best record or the team that’s heavily favored doesn’t win every time.

  • Tavoris

    RV…they gonna use up that cap space trying to re-sign Carl Landry (who has alot of interest arount the league)

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    That was a bad analogy because Man Utd has effing Goliath since the mid 90s but you get my point.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Coco, it’s not even about who’s REALLY going to win, at least not to most Houston fans, they’re more worried about him being two faced…you dont want a guy on your team like that..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I would say that this is simply a matter of vocabulary. I can see how someone would question the motives behind his answers, but to use phrases like stupid, selfish, terrible and idiotic is a bit hyperbolic. Regardless, I-possibly like Mac-don’t really care anymore.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I mean, who could have predicted the Cavs making it to the Finals that year against SA? That was a terrible team. Pretty sure the Cavs believed though, they had to. Well, maybe Hughes didn’t care. lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Tavoris, i’m guessing by some of the comments you’ve made you dont follow houston closesly, especially because they just re-signed Landry this summer and he wont be a FA until a year after tmac, and even if they re-sign someone else with tmac’s money they’ll have space left for Landry, he’s not exactly Tim duncan, they dont need too much space.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    stupid, selfish, terrible and idiotic all seem pretty accurate to me. but that’s just me. i’m not ctc’ing for him.

  • Tavoris

    RV..Carl Landry is a Restricted Free Agent in 2010, along with Luis Scola

  • Tavoris

    and u must not follow the rest of the L, because Carl Landry is coveted more than Paul Millsap these days (Milsap is just available sooner).

    Do you know who was 2nd in the NBA in dunks (To Dwight Howard) last season? Carl Landry is definitely not duncan, but he’s a VERY dangerous post scorer (and there aren’t many arounf these days_

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Stupid, selfish, terrible and idiotic all seem like words that are reserved for extremes. Surely there are worse offenses than this, like saying you don’t even try.

  • Tavoris

    u kno what selfish is, Myles? MJ’s first retirement…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Travoris, scola and landry ARE NOT in the same free agency class…..scola signed for 3 years in 07, landry just signed for 3 years THIS PAST SUMMER, do the math….Landry is not a dangerous post scorer, he’s a dangerous dunker. He doesn’t have enough consistent moves to be really conisdered a scorer. It’s ok not to follow this team very close if you’re not a fan of theirs, but don’t keep arguing against someone who does.

  • tealish

    T-mac is honestly stupid. If you can’t shut your mouth, at least learn to preface such stupidity with “I’m going with my boys, of course. But outside of Houston, I’ll have to go with _____”. It’s that easy.
    -
    And who are you to question whether Cleveland is ready? They looked awfully ready in the regular season, I would think. And hey, there’s a bunch of people who question whether you’ll *ever* be ready to win even a playoff SERIES. So sit your silly ass down and root for your own team? K thanks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    “I have been watching my team play every game and they are doing great. I am so proud of all the guys. Everyone is working together, doing their role, and flat out getting it done. These are my guys and they have talent, but more than that they have a lot of heart. I can’t wait to see how far they can go, and will be there cheering them on the whole way.” That’s from tmac’s site, one of his blog updates from about a month ago…see what i mean?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    “You guys ready for these playoffs to start? Man, I can’t wait. It’s tough to watch your team out there playing when you want to be a part of it so badly, but I’ve turned into the team’s number 1 cheerleader.” That’s from his latest update about a week ago, two faced…

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    Do you actually think TMac is the one updating his blog?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Of course not, but why does that even matter? I’m pretty sure he just didn’t hire a stranger and said “hey, write just write something nice” either. He has to know what’s going on there and have an idea of the tone of it all. Maybe one entry may get by him without his consent or without any input, but do you think he doesn’t keep up with his site at all? surely he checks to make sure there’s nothing wack on there, afterall, it’s his name on it, if he didnt agree with what was written or didnt want it there for a certain reason then he would have had it taken off or not put up in the first place. It’s not like he’s the ceo of a worldwide chain and he’s got to go through a ton of people to reach a location in asia. I’m sure he can call the person up and give them direct instructions.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    im done. thats way too much time spent on this dude. i like players that care about their team and give their all every game.

  • ab_40

    come on man you know as well as we know as well as houston fans know that the houston rockets have no chance at a tittle this year… yao knows it. ron artest probably doesn’t haha. but still

    And with him healthy they would have a chance… the man is honest I’ll tell you that and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign with the lakers when his contract is over just an MLE in the final year of kobe’s prime he’ll get a ring as a good back up who’ll have some great games from time to time.

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

    i am impressed that a group of people is paying Tracy millions of dollars to help the organization achive the goal of winning a championship (that includes supporting it when he is not playing) and he said this. I hope Houston does at least get out of the first round.

  • truthteller

    T-Mac, T-Mac, T-Mac….where do I start? I won’t. I’m gonna save what I have to say for when T-Mac wins a playoff series.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    AB_40, i’m guessing you’re a lakers fan, right? MLE and a back up? Somehow i dont think tmac would settle for that. rockets have a chance with him, but not without him? Doubt it, at least this year since Houston has actually played better without him.

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

    I’ve read through the ENTIRE thread here… it took a while, from analogies of Burger King through to T-Mac not owing a fan anything due to his history of effort/non-effort included, right down to how a multi-millionaire athlete/spokesman is ‘meant’ to answer questions…the key though, at the end of the day is this.
    IMPUNING WRONG MOTIVE. People have been saying that T-Mac’s comments are evidence of his detached view on the Rockets, or that he was not backing his own team down the wire all due to his own self image etc…
    The thing is you can’t know. And to say otherwise is slander – a greater crime again. Take his comment on face value. Because he’s right. The Lakers do seem to have the best chance this year. They have depth. They have health. They have the best coach. Most disciplined mindset coming into the playoffs… and T-Mac see’s that and answered accordingly.
    THE END.

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    So is T-Mac gonna cry if the Lakers don’t win it all? T-Mac is entitled to his opinion in the same way, fans are entitled to think he’s a quitter and Massengill. McGrady is one of those guys who doesn’t seem to think before he speaks and picking the team you current employer (not team, he’s done in Houston) is likely to play in the second round is spitting in their face. Does anyone thing Garnett would pick anyone over Boston despite the fact he can’t play? No.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    So if KG would have said it, would it be ok because he’s right also? Boston’s fans and players shouldnt be upset or question it?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    my last comment wasnt directed at you hersey, just a coincidence we both mentioned KG..

  • http://www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    The second round said, “Tracy McGrady to me is not really that good.”

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

    I don’t think Garnett is mature enough to stand there and say ‘the Lakers are better than Boston’. Deep down he probably doesn’t believe it either – If I were Garnett, even with the way their deplete roster looks today, knowing that I wiped out the Lakers by 39 pts in a finals game to win it all…my swagger would still be strong. I’d go there and say Boston could beat LA still.
    Sorry RV. KG saying anything about anyone isn’t the same.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    dammit, deke just blew out his knee….dacre, i dont know, KG isn’t mature enough? Doesnt sound right, but then who is mature enough? does lebron say it? TD?

  • chintao

    When issuing this utterance, McGrady clearly failed to take into account how much better Houston is playing without him.

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

    DEKE GOT HURT?!?!?! Noooo… the only Rocket I like. I don’t know who would say it. I think TD would get close to saying it…but it would sound so cold and mechanical you couldn’t tell if it was an automated response. I think Steve Nash could say it, if he was injured and out and the Suns were in the first round looking poorly. He would say it with a tear in his eye. Thats maturity.

  • chintao

    @ TADOne Posted: Apr.21 at 2:13 pm ==> I’ll be upset if Artest doesn’t lay a di(k slap… I mean, diss track across T-Mac’s face.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    yeah, deke went down for several minutes, no iffical word, but his kneecap looked bad, got wheeled out, doesn’t look good for him..

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    T-Mac Is The Bestest!! (NOT!)

  • Jose

    Soooo we all know whose fault this is right? yea i know u all know

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com/ Hersey

    LMAO @ Kevin Wilson. Agreed.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    tmac wants to go to the lakers, so he could ride the bench and make it to the finales.
    which is fine with me cause if he is playing, no way are the lakers ever making it out of the first round.
    everyone on here makes great points.. of course he doesnt want his team to do good, because he wants to show the world none of the rockets problems are caused by him (which they are) and he has no connection with his team, the question is now… WHere is tmac going to go now? who would want him?

  • Jeter

    I know McGrady’s words might sting the Houston populace but, c’mon, is he really wrong?

  • Jayemmbee

    Well T-mac aint wrong, he just told it like it is, but he shouldnt have, theres a time and a place, would be surprised if he got traded

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Maybe T-Mac doesn’t get Houston updates or something erroneous with tangibles tying into his “not caring” mentality associated with him forevermore; maybe isn’t watching Houston play at all. Too many injury memories. Not necessarily, hurting to get out there and wishing he could help, although he says he damn sure wants to get healthy and this shouldn’t happen every year in the 1st section of the article. This again is overblown considering he wasn’t asked or maybe the script was edited up to show no instances of what Houston can do this year. He was probably led in with the ?, about Lakers and Cavs looking good (public opinion everywhere, not by regional fans exclusively), who takes it? Since that’s all his answer included, only the Lakers and Cavs.
    Only Cavs fans should be scorned by the comment of “they aren’t that good.” And can give T-Mac his comebacks to say the same ol’ he isn’t 2nd round good – make what they think are “funny” signs when he comes into town next season (Houston player or not). He could have acknowledged, yeah, wow, The Cavaliers are good @ home. What a record, but can they do it on the road is the ? (if they lose homecourt by anyone coming in and stealing a game). & those would be the PC comments, nothing major by the talking heads types on ESPN/ABC all the time. Hard to watch those sometimes when say, Jamal Mash says something that contradicts what he said about that team, one sentence earlier. Get back to the games!

  • George B

    The truth

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

    This was nice to read. insightful discussion

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    great discussion even. Nary a swearword or verbal smackdown in the mix. Commenter respect on slamonline? When did that start?

  • phil

    mac has done so much for houston over the years. he’s had injury problems and just speaking his mind. what is wrong with that? what’s wrong with a normal guys just giving his own opinion??? i just dont get it

  • T-mac

    Sorry ya’ll…im leaving..im sick of houston. i was just foolin’ with y’all im not injured. im ready to play hard. hard for a good squad! take me kobe! take me lakeshow..its mac time baby~

  • Tavoris

    RV check out this list, which is accurate as of 4/16/09
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=FreeAgents-09-10

    I follow the Rockets (and every other team)…

  • truthteller

    T-Mac is not really in any position to criticise the Rockets of not being good enough. Truth is, they are playing better without him and if they make it to the second round, that will make him look really, really bad and probably useless to the team. I think he knows this. This kind of reminds me of the Eagles when they picked up garcia to replace the injured McNabb and the eagles ended up going pretty far in the playoffs and McNabb didn’t like it ’cause that made him look like a liability. T-Mac’s in the same situation and I really don’t see him playing for Houston next season.

  • chintao

    All the “maybe” ‘s in this thread were blown out of the water by T-Mac himself. According to an article by Richard Justice in the Houston Chronicle, MacGrady dubiously claims that he had bad cell reception and that part of his comments were dropped during the call:

    … [McGrady] has told the Rockets he didn’t actually pick the Lakers to win the NBA championship this week in an interview with an Atlanta radio station.

    He apparently had cell-phone issues at the time, and wouldn’t you know a key phrase got dropped?

    “If they get by us, I think the Lakers will win,” he said.

    That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.

  • Tavoris

    thanks chintao. I knew from the start (read my comments) that it appears his comments were taken out of context.

  • mj

    wow i would just like to say this article is bias. its not even the whole story. Go to t-mac’s website u can actually listen to the same interview, and t-mac himself says that the lakers have to get past our guys first. Its this kind of stuff that ppl fall for, and its not your fualt its the media that does this crap

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