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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  55 responses

Tracy McGrady Unsure What He Can Offer the Spurs


by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

With Stephen Jackson no longer gainfully employed, the San Antonio Spurs surprised everyone by plucking 33-year old Tracy McGrady out of China.

McGrady is certainly grateful for a chance to get past the First Round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time in his career, but Tracy admits that he’s not sure how much he’s got left in the tank.

Per ESPN and the Express-News:

Asked how much he can contribute to the Spurs, who recently released Stephen Jackson, McGrady was humble. “I guess that’s the unknown,” he said. “Whatever happens, I’m just glad to be a part of this environment,” McGrady said via text. “[It's] something I never experienced while being my best!”

“This is unbelievable,” said McGrady. “It’s a championship organization, something I haven’t really been part of my entire career. I’m very excited. I’m humbled for the opportunity. I’m not sure when I’ll play or if I’ll play. That’s not the place for me (to complain). I just know when my number is called, I’ll be ready.” [...] “I feel good, I feel real good,” he said. “It took a few years after my surgery to get back to feeling healthy. It was more getting past the mental block. I’m not as quick as I used to be. I’ve slowed down. Just glad to be here.”

The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with injuries to some key players with the postseason just around the corner, and they know that inking Tracy McGrady now is a low-risk move.

T-Mac last played in the NBA during the 2011-12 season, posting averages of 5.3 points in 16.1 minutes per game for the Atlanta Hawks. He did a lot better in the Chinese Basketball Association this year — the former All-Star put up 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 29 games for the Qingdao Eagles.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    the next big dog? super talent that didn’t quite live up to expectations but got a chip with the spurs on the way out

  • underdog

    Wow, I just realised he’ll maybe advance to the second round for the first time in his career.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange thinks Tracy McGrady is a mind reader.

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    T-MACS BACK!- NOW BRING BACK IVERSON!

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    he did some good things for ATL last year during the playoffs (12pts 9rbds game3 vs Boston) but i’m a bit pessimistic about what he can bring right now. Good chance he’s not going to play against MIN tonight btw.

  • spit hot fiyah

    give up

  • spit hot fiyah

    he was alright for ATL- i wasn’t suggesting that he will do too much for the spurs, much like big dog

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    AI said years ago that he won’t be chasing a ring when he gets old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    at least he’s honest about being ‘unsure’

  • RedRum

    Spur’s offense needs a playmaker, especially after the new wrinkles that Pops added. TM can contribute to that easily, he would essentially be the best passer in the team.

  • Caboose

    Did Tony Parker die?

  • RedRum

    Parker’s passing comes of dishes after drives or PNR, TM passes will facilitate aspects of the offense that Parker is not involved in.

  • patrick

    Lakers should pick up Jackson asap. And I’m still not sure why the Spurs dropped Jackson. Jackson>Tmac because he’s more athletic, faster than Tmac

  • patrick

    “It’s something i’ve never experienced while being his best.” Is he implying he’s at his best right now? He’s like 33 years old..he’s way slower than he was in his prime…

  • huami

    they can’t. something like because capt jack was released at a certain period that when dropped, no team will be able to pick him up off waivers for the playoffs.

  • patrick

    weak

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    C’mon T-mac

  • tomtom

    No. He is admitting the opposite.

  • RayJr

    Yeah Jackson could not have been with a team after March 1st in order to still be picked up for the playoffs.

  • Jose1323

    Did Manu Ginobili die?

  • huami

    what’s your problem bro?

  • shutup

    Did Boris Diaw die?

  • KingBenjamin

    This is what separated Kobe from T-Mac: Self confidence and playing through injuries.

  • permaculturejames

    aww … makes me think fondly of Juwan getting a ring.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    How many years did Kobe spend carrying the Lakers compared to T-Mac carrying the Magic without Grant Hill who was supposed to be the 2nd part of that superstar combo? Kobe spent 3 and a half seasons playing almost by himself before Pau Gasol arrived compared to T-Mac’s 4 seasons trying to carry the Magic franchise. T-Mac’s best teammate for those 4 seasons in Orlando was young Mike Miller. The most games Kobe won in a regular season without Shaq and before Gasol was 45. T-Mac’s highest number of wins was 44. During those seasons without Shaq and before Gasol, Kobe missed the playoffs 1 time and the other 2 seasons, he lost in the 1st round just like T-Mac did. What separated them was Kobe’s defense and Shaquille O’Neal. Nothing else.

  • airs

    YES. NOW WHERE’S HIBACHI?!

  • Max

    When he was at his best (not now) he didn’t have something like this.

  • LP

    Pack it up and go home, bruh…..Your Slam Membership card has been taken….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    they can’t, he’s not eligible to be on another teams playoff roster because of how late in the season he was released

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    His back is messed up and he’s out six to eight weeks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    did Tim Duncan die?

  • AiRbull

    Im just glad to see T-Mac back in the NBA where he belongs, he still has 5-6 years before we can say that its over T-Mac. How about A.I.?

  • ATL dynamite

    I’ll have to disagree. Last year in the ATL he was too inconsistent. He might have done all rounded games or a slight scoring outburst, but due to his age and injuries he sat out all back to back games and that was where the inconsistency stemmed from.I sincerely hope that he can perform well this year tho.

  • Initbruv

    I don’t think he means any disrespect. I thinks he’s just saying that it’s weak that Jackson can’t play the rest of this year.

  • Comment_System

    he meant that the situation was weak

  • LP

    Agreed, but include TMAC was a little injury prone…. @KingBenjamin:disqus nobody plays through injuries… but players can play hurt and play through pain tho….if your injured, you can’t play…if your hurt, you can play maybe…there’s a difference….

  • Bruce Wayne

    I’m pretty sure he was talking about being unsure about the role that he will play for the Spurs, not whether or not he can still play. In the article he says that he feels great physically..

  • Bruce Wayne

    Definitely a difference between hurt and injured..I don’t think T-Mac get’s nearly enough credit for playing through some injuries while carrying his teams, especially in Houston when Yao went down

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Great point.

  • i_ball

    Kobe never till this week had to deal with really nasty injury. TMACs knees are bone to bone…

  • Praim – Toronto – A TMac Fan f

    Finally one of the greatest NBA Player has a home with a TEAM that actually has playoff potentiall – other than him. He PROVED how healthy he is in CHINA – look at the results but Look a the VIDEOS – dunks, reverse, 360 everything the old TMac did just a bit slower – but HE IS BACK – just wait and see 0- he plays he will do very well. Pistons and Atlanta kept a goodman as backup to some pretty questionalbe talents :)

  • Praim – Toronto – A TMac Fan f

    I wilk now watch the Playoffs – basketball was not teh same without MY FAVOURITE player on the floor – so i watched his vintage videos when i wanted to see him play and EVERY youTube Vide of his China games. Who know Tracy’s talents more that Papovich – and his firend Tim. GOOD LUCK TMAc I will be watching hope you get playing time as you earn them .

  • DoubleClutch95

    Vince>>>>T-Mac

  • Mariano

    Lol what? Have you seen Jackson this season? Probably one of the worst rotation wings in the league this season, and this is coming from somebody that has always loved Jackson’s game. The only thing Jackson has over TMac at the moment is how strong he is and intensity. Besides that, TMac is way better

  • Matt

    Tracy McGrady will fit into the Spurs offensive system rather well. He has a wide skillset and the height to make good use of his passing ability. He’s probably further improved his jumpshot. He could also act as their small-ball power forward, a role that Jackson played passably last year (but not this year). The question would be whether or not McGrady has bulked up in China. If he has gained at least 15 pounds, then I’m confident in saying that the Spurs will be a good small-ball team again. However, I’m also sure how good of a defender he’ll be.

  • JL

    Nope, but he is injured all the time now, so depends on when you are asking.

  • shutup

    Still a better passer then McGrady…..lol. I knew he was hurt just running with the theme…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    i’m pretty sure that at his age and stage of his career he would know exactly his role on a spurs team, but thanks for the lesson i take it with humility

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Now he finally gets to play with Tim Duncan after following him around and hoping to team up waaay back in 2000

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Kobe definitely had that drive too, If your most talented person is also your hardest worker you will definitely go far, but thats very rare tho, cus most guys would just rest on their talent

  • Max

    No way he’ll play 5-6 more years.

  • huami

    i see. didnt mean any disrespect either. thanks!

  • huami

    thanks for clarifying!

  • KingBenjamin

    At the end of the day Kobe was the better player, you cannot argue that, you’re saying Kobe won only because he had Shaq and Pau? Then that means Pau and Shaq only won because they had Kobe, and Jordan only won because he had Pippen. That’s just a dumb argument. T-Mac had Yao and when they were fully healthy and yet they couldn’t even get past the first round, so that doesn’t matter T-Mac had Yao and he was a top center in the league. Kobe will go down as arguably the second greatest player in NBA history and be a first ballot hall of famer, meanwhile T-Mac won’t even make it to the HOF.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    You said self-confidence and playing through injuries separated them which isn’t true. They both played hurt. Kobe never played injured. There’s a difference between playing hurt and playing injured. If Kobe played injured, he’d be playing right now. They got the same amount of wins playing basically by themselves which means that they were the same caliber of player and neither one could get those teams past the 1st round. Kobe didn’t even make the playoffs one season while T-Mac did every season during that same time frame when they were both carrying their teams. Again, what separated them was Shaquille O’Neal in his prime playing with Kobe and Kobe’s defense. Nothing else. T-Mac played with Mike Miller as his next best player in his prime in Orlando. He and Yao never were really healthy for a full season compared to Kobe and Shaq playing healthy together almost every season. Yao was never the top center in the league. Shaq was. Kobe won’t go down as the 2nd greatest player in the history of the league. The 2nd greatest two guard, yes, but he’s top 5 or 10 all-time at best. Definitely not 2nd though.

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