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Tracy McGrady admits he really wasn’t into practice. Shocking.

Mar 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

Tracy McGrady,  Charlie Villanueva,  Greg Monroe AP

When a bunch of nerdy guys got together in a room at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Tracy McGrady took a beating.

In a discussion of guys who most wasted the talent they had, former Rockets coach (and current ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy) as well as Rockets GM Daryl Morey listed McGrady. He was a good player, at times a very good player, but never the guy he could have been. They said his immense natural talent got in the way of his willingness to work at his game and so he never became what he could be.

Now with Detroit, McGrady didn’t exactly go Iverson practice rant, but he admitted to Chris Tomasson writing for Hoopshype that he was not a practice guy.

“I just wasn’t a great practice player,’’ McGrady, a Detroit guard, said in an interview with HoopsHype. “I just wasn’t. I wasn’t.’’

“That could be it,’’ McGrady said. “I just think I could cruise through practice and still be effective. Some guys have to really go (all) out to really have an impact on practice. My ability was just I had God-given talent to where I could just cruise through practice and still be an effective practice player… I was inconsistent. Some days, I have really good (practice) days where I just go hard and a lot of days where like, ‘Uh,’ and I just go through the motions. But I work hard. But I’m just not the best practice player.’’

McGrady basically confirms what Van Gundy said. To use the easy and obvious example, Michael Jordan could have cruised through practice and had an impact, but that was not his makeup. And those legendarily hard Bulls practices are a key reason the banners hang at the United Center. We could go down the list of Kobe and Garnett’s practice habits, but the point is made.

We’re talkin’ ‘bout practice. And it does matter.

  1. loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    ha! just confirming T-Mac maybe one of the greatest bums to play the game…more so than starbury and stevie franchise.
    i never liked the kid. never did i see him capable of playing elite NBA ball. he took tons of bad shots, never made the players around him better, bad defense, and just had an all around lazy demeanor.
    i’m shocked he has lasted this long.

  2. blusmooth - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    loungefly74 ARE YOU AN IDIOT?

    “never did i see him capable of playing elite NBA ball.”– he won two scoring titles. I hope you don’t “see” anything else.

    “never made the players around him better”—did you see who was around him? wow. and even with that check his assist numbers.

    i’m shocked he has lasted this long.–do you have ANY clue as to the type of career he’s had?? or are you just talking out of your ass????????

    • loungefly74 - Mar 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM

      no blueclues…er…blusmooth. i am not an idiot. if you UNDERSTAND basketball, you would have noticed t-mac played extremely selfish. of course he won some scoring titles…he shot the ball 27+ each night! his teams lost…obviously, you were easily fooled by his slanted and deceiving stats. he never rose to elite talent. if you think that…well, that says a lot about ya. please find an article by a reputable writer who says t-mac will be in the HoF, was a great player…i dare ya.
      the article points out that because he was a lazy bum in practice…he never was a great player in the game. i’m curious bluetooth…er…blusmooth, who did you think was good? because t-mac WAS NOT AN ELITE PLAYER.
      about his career…he was hurt ALL the time. why would teams take a chance on a bum who is injury prone AND ballhogs??? nobody…no GM…begged to get t-mac on their team. ya noticed that? noticed how after a team had him, they would easily give him up?
      your problem blue moon…er…blusmooth…is you look at numbers only.

  3. heyooooh - Mar 16, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Thank God the Bulls did not pick up this loser this past offseason.

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