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Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

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There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray.

Today Chris Bosh has ascended to the top spot on that enemy list.

That doesn’t mean that Raptor fans have forgotten or forgiven, and to this day McGrady gets booed when he comes to Toronto. However, he wants the fine folks of Canada to know his situation was nothing like what happened this past summer with Bosh (via The Score):

“Keep booing me I love it, it really doesn’t bother me at all… It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something, making crazy statements about the city. It Toronto or going back home to Orlando. That was pretty much it.  There’s a lot of people out there who don’t know why they’re booing (me).”

Hey, Chris, don’t mind that bus right there, I’m just going to throw you under it.

  1. passerby23 - Dec 23, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Not quite sure what McGrady is arguing here. Toronto fans boo him because he bolted for Orlando just as Bosh bolted for Miami. I think Bosh’s comments about the city of Toronto (which aren’t really that inflammatory) are the least of the issues people in Toronto have with him.

    Fans disliked McGrady because of the perception that he didn’t want to play second fiddle to Vince Carter. If McGrady had said something like, “I was young in my career and I saw a great opportunity in Orlando. I had a great time in Toronto” then there would be less boos.

  2. secdominance - Dec 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    “There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted”.- They did? Why is this my first time hearing about it?

    “He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse”- He did? Teaming up with an injured Grant Hill is leaving to join the best players of your day?

    “He left a team without a coach and in disarray.” He did? The Raptors made the playoffs two straight years after McGrady left.

    Who is writing articles about the NBA these days?

    • passerby23 - Dec 24, 2010 at 7:52 AM

      Toronto fans WERE bitter about T-Mac leaving. They thought they were building a solid foundation and T-Mac was sulking about not being the #1 guy.

      Grant Hill was a top 5-10 player in the league at the time and while he was coming off an ankle injury in Detroit, it was believed that he would make a full recovery. It could’ve been a great duo.

      I agree that he didn’t really leave a team in disarray. They went on to have their best season the following year. What could they have been though?

      • secdominance - Dec 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

        the author said he left to play with the top PLAYERS of his day. Players as in plural. I guess everyone is forgetting that T-Mac was basically a consolation prize for Orlando after they didn’t sign Tim Duncan

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