Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

Tracy McGrady May Retire This Summer

With the season coming to a close, T-Mac says that if his knee doesn’t improve over the summer, that’ll be it from him. The NY Daily News has the quotes: “Tracy McGrady revealed Wednesday that he will be ‘riding off into the sunset, baby’ if his troublesome left knee doesn’t improve. McGrady, who sat out the Knicks’ season finale last night against the Raptors, is committed to rehabilitating his knee this summer and believes he can regain the form that made him one of the NBA’s top players for nearly a decade. But McGrady also knows that there are no guarantees his condition will get better and that he may have to retire. ‘It’s been two years of just trying to put my body back together and get it where I need to be,’ he said. ‘It’s a very important summer for me. If it don’t happen this summer we’re riding off into the sunset, baby.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Smart move. But sad nonetheless.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Honestly, it felt like he had already retired when he was in Houston this season. As for returning to top form…probably isn’t in the card. It’s time for family life and maybe some TV analysis word, Tracy.

  • Hussman25

    Reality has finally set in… He always wanted to be like Penny Hardaway… Well Tracy; Mission Accomplished. Really good individual player w/o the Team success. Sad

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    He won’t be like he was…but he could still be a factor in the NBA.
    Remember what they said about Grant Hill?
    But I can see why he would go if theres no sign of improvement. This would make it a bad year for the Millenium NBA, losing The Answer and T-Mac

  • Yesse

    Good for him, but very sad.

  • Michael Scorn

    So, he is either gonna be one of the top players in the league or retire.

  • riggs

    go to phoenix

  • NDP

    The difference between Grant and TMac is I simply don’t think Tracy cares. He just never had the desire to really push and challenge himself to enter that next echelon of greatness and is satisfied with where his natural ability got him. Absolutely nothing at all wrong with that, and it’s been an exciting career to watch.

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

    I would love to see him regain his old form but I give him kudos for realizing it may not happen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    PHX would make him special again.

  • tavoris

    even if he never regains his explosiveness, his court awareness and passing ability would make him a quality player (and a starter for 3/4 of the teams in the league) for the next couple of years. That being said, there’s no shame in retiring if his knee is going to be a continual problem. He still has 50-odd years of life after basketball on that knee.

  • AL29

    Just get the hell out of here already. The only difference between T-Mac and Marbury is that the media likes T-Mac.

  • tavoris

    @AL29-the media likes T-Mac?

  • KulchaKris

    “This Summer”???? Based on his attitude and level of effort, I would have guessed he retired a couple seasons ago.

  • J-Killer15

    My favorite player of all time no matter how much of an underachiever he is, but it’s sad to see his career end up like this. He never proved his critics wrong. Never had a killer instinct, but I don’t think that’s really a good enough reason for his playoff failures because he’s always been laid back. If he would have worked with a better trainer early on and kept his mouth shut when he was suppose to maybe it wouldn’t have got to this point.

    RIP The Mac Militant(97-08)…yes I excluded the last 2 seasons…That’s because Lamar Jr was on the court not the Mac

  • http://freewebs.com/sinhabla Gus

    Ride to the Sunrise, Phoenix Baby! Nash would make you love the game again…that´s the way…his comment was taken in a bad moment, everyone in a team that doesn´t makes the playoffs surely feels a little bit bitter right now…pessimists and haters, go out and try to accomplish something in your lives like TMAC has

  • underdog

    I’m rooting for Mac, the only thing I don’t get, why did he play injured the last 20 or something games of the season? I think D’Antoni would have passed easily on his 6 points per. So basically, he wasted 2 months of recovery to ball in the Garden? So how important is really this recovery? I wish him best of luck.

  • doyouwantmore

    It seems like more than two years since he lost it.

  • Stillballin

    Injuries takes away alot to any athletes.. Good luck t-mac..

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Whoa, a comparison to Penny is way more apt than Hill… Grant always bounced back from injuries, he just would always get OTHER injuries afterwards… T-Mac just can’t seem to regain his form after getting hurt…

  • Booyah

    Brrrr. What happened to that boy? Nothing much after that commercial.

  • sp

    Shoulda stayed in TO with Vince…baby!

  • don

    i can’t wait for tmac to sign with the SUNs and see him play 82 games next year. there must be sumthin with the water in AZ.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Who would have thunk VC would still be playing and not Tmac?

  • Michael Scorn

    the first round will really miss him

  • penny

    YES! finally

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I really hope not… He can still help out a lot of teams. His basketball IQ and fundamentals are among the best in the league, even without athleticism. And athletically, he isn’t exactly done either–he can still maneuver around players and get his shots off even if he isn’t dunking on them.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Still, one of my favorite players ever. If you do retire, thanks for the memories Tracy.

  • The Philosopher

    Well, I once said he can still do it if he wanted to. He doesn’t want to. Not a bad thing. He had a good run. Most likely a call to the Hall. Very nice.

  • babygirlfromnyc

    Tracy don’t do it baby, WE NEED YOU! Unless the lame-ass Knicks can get a Stoudemire, Nash, or CP3 T Mac should try to go to the Suns or hell, even Miami (they can use the help too).

    T Mac, don’t do it to your fans

  • NDP

    That’s an interesting question Philosopher — is Tracy worthy of the Hall? He had a few good scoring years, but the guy never made it out of the 1st round.

  • Smr83189

    I wish u the best Tracy!

  • http://Google.com Peter C

    T Mac is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball when healthy. T Mac should try to stay for one more year. When healthy T Mac is better than Kobe. T Mac should go to the Hall of Fame for all of his accomplishments. I remeber his 13 points in 33 seconds vs the Spurs, that was unbelievable. But if he retires I’ll always love you Tracy Mcgrady !! 8) I hope your knee gets better. God Bless