Posted August 26, 2013

Tracy McGrady retires from NBA

Tracy McGrady
Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady made seven All-NBA teams. (Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion Tracy McGrady announce his retirement from the NBA on Monday.

“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love,” McGrady said on ESPN’s First Take. “I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end.”

McGrady, 34, played for Toronto, Orlando, Houston, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and San Antonio during a career that started in 1997. He didn’t play a regular-season game in 2012-13 but appeared in six playoff games with the Spurs after signing in mid-April following a stint in China. He told First Take that the “door’s still open” to play overseas again.

The ninth pick in the 1997 draft, McGrady made seven All-NBA teams and won the 2001 Most Improved Player award. He had been 10th among active players in points, with 18,381.

McGrady came to the NBA straight from high school. He won back-to-back scoring titles in 2002-03 (when he also led the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating) and ’03-04 with the Magic. He finishes his career with averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

McGrady starred for the Magic and Rockets but famously never won a playoff series until joining the Spurs this year. The explosive scorer might be best remembered for his 13-points-in-35-seconds outburst in Houston’s stunning comeback victory over San Antonio in December 2004.

10 comments
Mark112
Mark112

Not that it matters at this point, but it would be beneficial for Tracy to take this time off and study for his GED; he'll have plenty of downtime to use what's he's learned in the real world as opposed to the insulated world of the NBA (comprised of XBOX, Bud, and bitc***)

airmjbsanders
airmjbsanders

Real talk -- TMac was a better all-around player than Kobe!  If this dude had stayed healthy, he'd would've been a top 15-20 player all-time minimum!  TMac & Yao was the greatest duo that never happened in NBA history.

GoBlue_1985
GoBlue_1985

Playing this sports capping service these days that is known as sports,betting0-star.  Making about $3000/mth just following its tips.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Nice career all and all. He should be proud of his accomplishments.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@superboofer Yeah, leaving your profession when teams are still willing to pay you large sums of money would have been the right move.