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Tracy McGrady: I would not have clashed with Shaq like Kobe Bryant did

Tracy-McGrady-Upset-Lack-of-MinutesTracy McGrady was one of the most elite scorers in the NBA during his relatively short-lived prime. He averaged 26.1 points per game over an eight-year span with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets, but injuries sent his career downhill in a hurry. Despite that, T-Mac recently hinted that he believes he was as good as Kobe Bryant during his best years.

“Numbers don’t lie. I was in the conversation of being one of the best in the league,” McGrady told FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports on Wednesday. “Whether I was better than Kobe, or he was better than me … I was in the conversation and it didn’t matter at the time. I was playing at a high level and was very confident when I was on the court.”

If T-Mac feels that his game was comparable to Kobe’s, that must mean he believed he could have won multiple championships with Shaquille O’Neal as well.

“We would have had a great run,” he said when asked about Shaq. “I don’t know how many but, I know it would have never ended like it did with he and Kobe. I have a great relationship with Shaq. We would have never clashed heads like that. Two Alpha dogs going at there will always be (something going on).”

That’s easy to say when the two never actually played together. If Kobe and Shaq were never teammates, there’s no telling whether the two would have had a great relationship like the one McGrady says he has with the big man. They didn’t just start out hating each other from day one.

We’ll never know how good McGrady could have been if he stayed healthy. When asked if he believes he is a future Hall of Famer, T-Mac said he doesn’t know but to “look at my numbers.” If you ask me, he simply didn’t do it long enough.

Arby’s restaurant takes shot at Tracy McGrady on Twitter

Tracy-McGrady-SpursTracy McGrady is basically a forgotten soul at this point with the San Antonio Spurs. Once a leading scorer and perennial NBA All-Star, T-Mac has been relegated to the role of bench player who has no chance of touching the floor unless the Spurs are resting their starters in a 113-77 victory like the one they had over the Miami Heat in Game 1.

As you might expect, the former superstar has been the butt of a number of Twitter jokes this season as he waits on the San Antonio bench for his number to be called. On Wednesday morning, things really got out of hand when Arby’s restaurant joined in on the act.

After Eye on Basketball tweeted about Arby’s ragging on T-Mac, the restaurant’s official Twitter account made sure to point out that it was all in good fun.

We know it was a joke, and it was a fantastic one. There’s no need to justify it. If it wasn’t for the hilarious comment McGrady made earlier this postseason, we would probably never talk about him. Such is the life of an aging NBA star.

H/T SB Nation

You want to know how ready Tracy McGrady is if his number is called?

Tracy-McGrady-SpursTracy McGrady’s best days are long gone. The 34-year-old San Antonio Spurs guard was once one of the top scorers in the NBA, but injuries basically resulted in him falling off the map after the 2007-2008 season.

McGrady has appeared in only four postseason games with the Spurs, and it’s unlikely he will play in the NBA Finals. That being said, you never know what could happen with injuries. It’s the job of every player to be ready if their number is called, and T-Mac is not taking that responsibility lightly.

There’s really nothing more we have to say on that subject. Dude is ready — don’t ask him again.

Tracy McGrady rips Chinese referees as ‘three blind mice,’ threatens to leave league

Tracy McGrady has been playing in the Chinese Basketball Association this season, and it doesn’t sound like things are going very well. The former two-time NBA scoring champion ripped the referees after a recent loss, calling them “three blind mice” while threatening to leave the league after the season if the calls didn’t start improving.

Here’s what he wrote on his Weibo account, which is China’s equivalent to Twitter:

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tracy mcgrady chinaBased on this post by BeijingCream.com, it seems like T-Mac and his team had a legitimate reason to be upset.

McGrady didn’t get a foul call when he went up for a shot late his team’s game on Wednesday. The opposing team, Bayi, also seemed to benefit from not losing the ball when it looked like they committed a shot clock violation in the final minute. Instead of T-Mac’s Qingdao team getting the ball down 93-90, Bayi hit a three-pointer to go up 96-90.

T-Mac’s coach ended up pulling his players off the floor in protest.

Overall, things are not going too well for McGrady. According to standings posted at Asia-Basket, McGrady’s team is last in the league at 2-17.

You can watch video of the ending from Wednesday’s game below:

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Tracy McGrady upset over lack of playing time: ‘I’m tired of this s***’

Either Tracy McGrady is too old, or he is just not a good fit for the Hawks. T-Mac is averaging only 18 minutes per game, which is not something he is accustomed to. He has been quietly frustrated about his lack of playing time throughout the entire season, but McGrady finally decided to go public with his complaints after Saturday’s 97-77 loss to the Blazers.

“I’m tired of this (expletive),” McGrady said according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a (expletive).”

McGrady played only 4:39 of Saturday’s game and sat during the entire second half. The Hawks are 19-12 and have had success this season, so it’s obvious the coaching staff doesn’t consider T-Mac to be a valuable asset. Considering this is his 14th season of an injury-plagued career, McGrady shouldn’t be surprised by his limited role. He does, however, think he deserves an explanation.

“If you don’t feel I can help, come tell me that,” he said. “He ain’t told me nothing. I just want to help these guys win, man, which I know I can. But, damn, four minutes? … I like it here. I like the guys. That’s what I love most about it. I like the guys in this locker room. But at the same time, I still can play. No doubt in my mind.”

The Hawks are on their way to the playoffs, but it’s clear that isn’t the most important thing for T-Mac. Maybe his God-given talents are still hindering his practice ability, which has discouraged Atlanta’s coaches from putting him on the floor.

Tracy McGrady: God-Given Talent Hinders Your Practice Habits

We all know Tracy McGrady is a talented player. When healthy and in the prime of his career, McGrady was one of the most explosive players in the NBA. What hindered him at times was his work ethic. As you may remember, former Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy and GM Daryl Morey said last year that McGrady could be a Hall of Famer if he worked harder in practice.  Now that he is coming toward the end of his career, McGrady is willing to admit they are right.

“I’m just not a great practice player,” McGrady said in an interview with Chris Tomasson of FoxSports.com. “That’s what I wasn’t. I was a gamer. You put me in a game and the lights are bright and the stands are filled. That’s just what I was. But you practice, get up and down and do this. That wasn’t my thing.

“The crazy thing about it is… there’s a lot of players like that. People are so scared to really voice who they are. They want to be politically correct. Just scared to see what other people’s perceptions are… When you have God-given talent, I think that that kind of hinders your practice habits and that’s what I think it did to me. Had I not been so talented, I probably would have busted my (butt) in practice.”

Very few players actually enjoy practice.  McGrady is right in saying a lot of players dog it during practice, but I don’t think talent necessarily has anything to do with it.  There are some players who feel entitled and think they don’t have to practice as hard, but there are plenty of talented players who give it 100 percent.  In fact, they are all talented — that’s why they’re in the NBA.

To me this is a cop out by McGrady. You didn’t practice hard because you didn’t want to.  That has very little — if anything — to do with talent.  Just as there are plenty of crappy players who are crappy because they never put in effort during practice, there are plenty of players with “God-given” talent who have gotten better by busting their humps.

Tracy McGrady: I Could Buy Greece with My American Express Black Card

Like many other countries across the globe in the year 2011, Greece is not in the best economic condition. Strikes and riots have taken their toll as the country heads for bankruptcy, but we won’t bore you with politics since that certainly isn’t our thing. The only reason we bring it up is to lead you into the idiotic statement Tracy McGrady made on Twitter on Monday regarding Greece.  Here is the brilliant tweet that I Am a GM shared with us:

I must admit that we don’t know exactly what McGrady means by that, but it sounds pretty offensive and wouldn’t be the first time T-Mac has had something idiotic to say.  A comment like that is one of those that reaffirms what many believe about multimillion-dollar athletes: They think they’re better than everyone.  In this case, it sounds like McGrady thinks he’s better than an entire country.