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Tracy McGrady says his game will do the talking

Aug 14, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for mcgrady_runs.jpgTracy McGrady went into this summer wanting a key role on a contending team. He ends it with a minimum contract with the Detroit Pistons.

That had to be frustrating. And when FanHouse reached him it sounded like it.

“My game this season will do all the talking I need to do now,” McGrady told FanHouse Friday when reached on his cell phone. “There’s no need for me to say anything else at this point.”

McGrady got a look this summer. He was worked out by a few teams including Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plus he played the end of last season with the New York Knicks, averaging 9.4 points a game in 24 games, but shooting just 38.9 percent overall and 24 percent from three. Plus he had to miss games due to his knees still needing rest after microfracture surgery.

Reports out of those workouts were that his shot looked good but his movement was still a bit slow.

Because we all remember how great a player McGrady was — he is a former scoring champion — he would have gotten more consideration, but when interviewed in Chicago — for a stacked team that has high hopes in the East — he talked about competing for a starting job and playing a key role. He came off as unwilling to accept a lesser role. He saw that as competitive, but teams saw that as a potential disruption.. In the wake of the issues Allen Iverson caused last year, teams were hesitant. Teams like Miami did not want to bring in another big personality that could upset the bond the big three there are building.

McGrady got his chance, if not where he wanted. If things go well, the deal after this will not be for the veteran’s minimum and may well be with a contender. But he is going to have to prove himself all over again.

His game is going to have to do the talking.

  1. guido - Aug 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    “…same as it ever was…”

  2. Patrick Earnest - Aug 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    tracy you can do it your been doing the talking since highschool just let it keep talking on a different team different organization this will be your best and most exciting year in your career lets get it detroit……DDDDEEEEETTTRRRRROOOIIIIIITTTTTT BBBBAAAASSSSKKKKKEEETTTTTBBBBAAAALLLLL……….HAHAHAHAHA YEAH LETS GET IT……2010-2011…….nba playoff contenders……

  3. Zachariah Blott - Aug 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    A look at McGrady’s legacy:

  4. Shawn Autrey - Aug 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Tracy McGracy AKA Pumpkin head, Head, Tmac. I know he has skills man. Detroit is a chance for him to put his game back together, so only time will tell. How bad does TMAC Jr. want to be the playa he once was on the Basketball court. He has fresh legs, and his body has had plenty of time to rest. He knows the game of basketball…Man on any giving night Tracy just might decide to destroy his opponent. Live Life Above the RIM……

  5. BallerIQ - Aug 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    I guess all the comments so far are from fans, but c’mon, are you guys serious? Tmac was a great offensive player, but those days where he dominated are over, his body won’t hold, he was barely holding up in Orlando, and those were his glory days. He might have a couple of games left where he will just flat out own, but not for a whole season, no way. That said, it was a good move on Detroit’s part, got an effective weapon for the minimum, but lets be real, his body is frail, and hopefully he can keep his ego in check.

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