Tracy McGrady Seeks Trade
On the heels of Allen Iverson‘s return to the Sixers and on the verge of a comeback from the injuries which have plagued him for the past few seasons, high flier Tracy McGrady is looking beyond H-Town and into the future.
Due to microfracture knee surgery, T-Mac only played in 35 games last season and was unable to lead the Rockets during their eventful, yet ultimately unsuccessful, playoff run. Having played in only six games in his return to the hardwood, McGrady wanted more minutes.
He’s used to being an explosive player, using his strength, skill, speed, and leaping ability as offensive weapons. Of course, after sitting out the vast majority of last season (and the season before it), he’s quite rusty.
The coaching staff for the Houston Rockets felt that he could work himself back to top form, but believed it would take more time for him to really get the type of rotation he has been lobbying for. Why, you ask? It’s simple: because that’s what the doctor ordered.
Instead of choosing to take the doctor’s advice and gradually rehabilitate himself, McGrady has chosen to whine and argue. It seems he has his short-term interests at heart, but has forgotten about the long-term. Most notably, T-Mac seems to be disregarding the fact that he could face further (and possibly more serious) injury by rushing things.
His attitude and demands have put him at odds with the entire Rockets organization, and now they seek to make a logical trade.
There’s just one thing…
T-Mac was getting paid $23 mil a year to play for Houston. He had signed the contract before the injuries occurred and caused him to miss games, of course. The Rockets will want to find someone (or a few people) of equal value to their team.
Also, any team that signs McGrady also signs his injury. They then have a decision to make: Do they allow him big-time minutes right now or wait for more confidence and clearance from the doctors? If they choose the latter, Number One would end up no better off than he would have been in Houston all along.
His best bet will likely be to head to a struggling team with some serious funds who could use him right away. One thing’s for sure, he won’t be a Rocket for much longer.
Coach Rick Adelman had this to say about his embattled player:
“He’s been hurt for over a year. The thing that people want to write about is who he was two years ago, and he isn’t that right now.”
He went on to say, “Unfortunately, you’ve got to deal with the whole group, not just one individual. He’s coming back from major surgery, he’s rehabilitating and who knows when he’s going to get there. Right now, he wasn’t there.”
Sounds like the coach is right to me. After all, it is a team sport and one player cannot dictate the coach’s decisions as to what’s best for the team.
For $23 mil, I’d certainly keep my mouth shut and come back when I was cleared to make a significant contribution to the team.
Here’s a short ESPN clip of the McGrady situation:
What do you think? Is T-Mac being a baby or does he have a point? Do you think he’s on the verge of a 2010 comeback? Let me know in the comments section!
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