Tracy McGrady retires from the NBA
It feels like just yesterday when a young Tracy McGrady arrived on the NBA scene in Toronto, Canada in 1997. Now, 16 years and a slew of NBA teams later, T-Mac has decided to call it a career in the NBA. However it should be noted that McGrady isn’t planning to retire from basketball, just the NBA.
When asked on ESPN’s First Take if he would consider going back to China, T-Mac responded “”Officially retired from the NBA. Door’s still open.” Although McGrady signed on with the San Antonio Spurs late last season, he never saw the floor except for some mop-up duty late in playoff games.
“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said on ESPN’s “First Take.”
McGrady told “First Take” that he still thinks he can play and was disappointed not to get a chance to help San Antonio.
“When we were in the Finals and Manu Ginobili was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely,” McGrady said.
McGrady was one part of the youth movement in the NBA when teams started to take high school players over college players. T-Mac was a seven-time All-Star and reached his first NBA Finals this past season while with the Spurs. McGrady retires with career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.