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Bulls watch McGrady workout, say signing him "unlikely"

Jul 27, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

mcgrady_runs.jpgSadly, this is where Tracy McGrady has fallen to:

He wants to go to Chicago, even calling the team “we” in interviews. Then he went in and worked out for them and his shot looked fine but his movement was stiff, his once-formidable game remains a memory. Following that, afterward Bulls officials called the chances of him signing with them “unlikely,” according to ESPN Chicago.

The workout was part of it, but the interview may have been more important. They have a good team core in Chicago, maybe very good if the chemistry is right. Derek Rose at the point and Carlos Boozer at the four, good role players all around and new coach Tom Thibodeau preaching defense. McGrady just needs to come in and accept a role as a bench player scoring from the wing. Can you do that, Tracy?

“I won’t have a problem, but that’s not what I’m really shooting for,” McGrady said. “I think, yeah, if I was the player that I was in a Knicks uniform [at the end of last season], I would have no problem coming off the bench. But I’ve worked extremely hard and I’m far from being that player. Trust me.”

Chicago only has to look back to the disruption Allen Iverson caused last season in Memphis when he was vocal about not wanting to come off the bench to take pause at McGrady. He says he wants to earn it, and McGrady is more professional than Iverson, but what if he feels he should be starting at the three instead of Deng? How much will he talk, what kind of distraction would McGrady be?

Why take the risk? Even though they need wing scoring off the bench.

McGrady, Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal remain big names sitting on the sidelines because their games and bodies now say bench player but their egos won’t let them accept that. And teams, particularly good teams, are deciding it’s not worth the risk.

  1. L.A.4life - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    I am hoping i see the New York Times headlines read: News update! OLD THRICE. Mcgrady, Iverson, and Shaq all team up to become the new Big Three. They will will be taking their “talents” to New Jersey Shore to win 1 for the russian king pin. Id pay to see that all season!

  2. luigi - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    i think tracy should just come back to the raptors he would be a starter and we would get a decent player its a win win situation

  3. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    The geriatric squad right there!!!! They would be pushing walkers up and down the court.

  4. Jay - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    McGrady is a bum.. thats why he is were he is… Grant Hill was a phenominal player who got injured and had to accept the roles he was given. Now look at him. He’s playing better than he has in years and he earned it being professional and working hard. If McGrady has worked his way back to the McGrady of the Toronto days then any team, coach, GM will notice it once he’s on a team and make the adjustments. But if he’s not on a team no one will ever know. And what difference does it make whether you start or come off the bench as long as you are getting minutes. Manu came off the bench, Lamar, Big Z, all guys very capable of starting but accepted the role best suit for the team. These Shaq’s and McGrady’s and Iverson’s will always be were they are as long as they continue to think they are coming off of a MVP championship year and should be able to call all of the shots.

  5. Reality now - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Allen Iverson?…..The Pistons never have recovered from that mistake. All of these teams need to stop signing over the hill “used to be great” players to big $ contracts. Sadly, these teams no longer have any risk for bad decisions. They make so much money it is the fans that are paying for their mistakes.

  6. kris - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Have you ever looked at how poor McGrady’s shooting percentage is? Almost anyone in professional basketball could score if they shot as much as him. He was a gunner, and a poor one at that. His whole career reflects a poor shooting percentage.

  7. Alex M - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    WORD!

  8. kris - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Have you ever looked at how poor McGrady’s shooting percentage is? Almost anyone in professional basketball could score if they shot as much as him. He was a gunner, and a poor one at that. His whole career reflects a poor shooting percentage.

  9. Alex M - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    McGrady is a bum.. that’s why he is were he is… Grant Hill was a phenomenal player who got injured and had to accept the roles he was given. Now look at him. He’s playing better than he has in years.
    PERFECT EXAMPLE! Never liked Tracy McGrady, very selfish,NEVER a good team player. Hope he didn’t spend all his money because he is DONE in the NBA. GO SUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. T.F.B. - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    I think they called that movie “Old School”!

  11. pjmjfan - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Good decision Chicago.

  12. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I think your absolutely right.

  13. bergman - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    McGrady is washed up and he should jus accept the fact!!!!!!! T-Lack should be his name!!!

  14. JAY - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    from the REAL ‘Jay’ in NYC :
    McGrady is not a bum, any team would love him as a sixth man; even with his diminished speed/hops, he’s still a good defender and makes smart decisions.. if he learns from the mistakes Iverson made, he’ll keep his mouth shut & do really well off the bench.

  15. glenn - Jul 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    “still a good defender”?????? what you smokin “REAL Jay”. besides his inability to produce any lateral movement for defensive purposes, his ego is too big to think that he even “needs to” defend. what a joke. wake up and smell the reality.

  16. bull's fan inMA - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Tmac’s comments did not help his cause. Some people just don’t know
    to accept that their skills are diminished. Ron Harper,former allstar player, joined the Bull’s and adjusted to his nonstar role and helped them win.Tmac should follow his example and stop trying be the old Tracy McGrady.

  17. Hoog - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Good defender? He has a rep of being a lazy player, when not shooting the ball. Lazy and defender go along like Clippers and championship.

  18. JAY - Jul 27, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Im smokin that sticky-icky :) want some ?!?
    I didnt say “Great defender” jeez !! still a “Good” defender, he’ll get you acouple steals per/gm, some boards, cant expect much – remember i said off the bench. Whoever gets him knows they’re taking a shot – YOU wouldn’t take a shot on a guy who’s had 45 career 40+point games.. 4 50+ games ???

  19. jclass62 - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    All of you are on crack if you think McGrady is not as good or better than any free agent left to sign. What is the risk nothing, what can be the reward everything. You are paying a minimum vet salary or no more than 3 million at most for a person that will be finally 100% healthy in Nov. T-Mac doesn’t have that many minutes played because he has been injured most of his career so age doesn’t matter.
    Shaq can still give you significant minutes compared to the bum centers you have in the league now he is still in the top ten. Name 10 better centers right now! I thought so. Shaq was more of a force in the playoffs than punk ass LBJ was. Mike Brown just wouldn’t give him the minutes.
    The only problem is A.I. he doesn’t have a shot and is too small to do anything anymore so it’s time for him to be a bench player.
    What’s the difference between the media, fans, and critics nothing because they don’t know nothing. Just Haters that never played, or excelled at any athlete sport. Stick to what you do best cheering and booing and let people with the talent do the talking, and playing. Been there done that!

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