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Tracy McGrady says he may return to play in China

Jul 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao Reuters

Tracy McGrady was on the playoff roster of the San Antonio Spurs as they made their run to the NBA Finals, but understandably, he wasn’t able to contribute all that much.

McGrady’s skill set has diminished far below the electric level it once reached, and he’s no longer capable of registering meaningful minutes against the game’s best players.

But McGrady can still play, and showed as much in China before coming to the Spurs last season. And a return there isn’t something he’s ruling out.

From (via HoopsHype):

In a pre-game press conference in Nanning, McGrady said he might come back to China Basketball Association (CBA) league despite its under par competitive environment.

“For those who have played years in NBA and still want to prolong their career like me, CBA is a great alternative,” said McGrady who played a whole CBA season before he joined the Spurs, clutched 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, and his all-star performance help him sustain his highly respectable status in China.

But he didn’t reveal much about the next stop of his career. “I am happy to be home with my wife and kids. But if possible, I may come back to CBA. I haven’t really thought about that,” said McGrady.

Those numbers endeared McGrady to the fans in China, and showed he still has something left.

McGrady did appear six times in the playoffs while with the Spurs, but never for more than eight minutes in a single game, and each time the contests had already been decided by the time he checked in. If he’s truly looking to continue to play, then China seems like his best option.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    TMac should be bitter at Ray Allen, he cost him a Ship!!!

    • JMClarkent - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      He can’t be too angry; even if they did win it isn’t like he contributed. I was interested to see what he could do still with a few minutes; if Pop didn’t play him I guess he really is toast.

  2. gatordontplay - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    he deserves an invitation to spurs camp at least

  3. doctordunkenstein - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Tmac should join the globetrotters next, guaranteed championship and would be less embarrassing then tagging along with the spurs for the playoffs last year

  4. money2long - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    “T-Mac Ends His China Run Impactful! 30 Points/4 Dunks/Shammgod Ankle Breaker ”

  5. fnc111 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Why’d the spurs sign him in the first place? Who the h would want to play in China? Not a better pro league for him?

  6. money2long - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    i tried to post this video (“T-Mac Ends His China Run Impactful! 30 Points/4 Dunks/Shammgod Ankle Breaker ”) but this site has difficulty cooperating.

  7. newyorkshets - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Zzzz he’s finished. Moving on.

  8. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Never forget when he scored 13 points in 35 seconds.

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