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T-Mac Back? McGrady Might Play in China Again

Sep 21, 2013, 3:30 PM 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

Just a few shorts weeks ago, Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA. It’s always hard to gauge when the right time to go out is, but this felt right. McGrady had an incredible career that was ravaged by back injuries and bad luck, as he and Yao Ming rarely seemed healthy at the same time.

In my mind, McGrady belongs in the hall. Although playoff success eluded him, for many years McGrady was considered a Top-5 player in the game. It’s different eras, but if Bernard King’s lack of rings or playoff series wins didn’t stop his inclusion, it shouldn’t stop McGrady’s either.

But let’s snap back to what’s going on right now, because McGrady’s basketball career might not be over — at least overseas.

Although he’s retired from the NBA, McGrady is contemplating playing basketball one more year in China. “I have a lot of fans over there so we’ll see,” he said.

Via Mary Perez of the Sun Herald.

One thing that we know the basketball hall of fame takes into account is international play. While McGrady’s influence in China might not be a huge factor, another season at least puts it on his resume, right?

For those fans of the CBA in China who love McGrady so much, it’s the Sichuan Jinqiang Whale who have reportedly shown interest (h/t to HoopsRumors.com) in the 34-year-old. Yesterday, the team signed the 6th pick of the 2009 draft, Jonny Flynn to a contract. Could a Flynn-McGrady backcourt happen? I’d watch that.

If McGrady wants to keep playing in China or anywhere else around the globe, best of luck to him. He was robbed of a lot of time in his prime, so he deserves every minute he can spend on the floor.

  1. jthammerstix - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    You guys have a hard sweaty pants hog for tmac. Let him go please.

  2. Gabriel Johnson - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Im a fan of T Mac, its too bad he was injured so much.

  3. tannethrill - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I’d exclude him just for the double peace sign in his NBA Live photo when he was a rookie lol

  4. indianaviking - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    HoF? How low is the bar for induction?

    • antistratfordian - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      It gets lower and lower each year apparently. I have no idea what these people are thinking. There was not enough outrage at Reggie Miller getting in.

  5. antistratfordian - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    McGrady’s first stint in China was such a disaster (last place finish for the Qingdao Eagles) – I’m surprised he wants to go back.

  6. wsuperman4445 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I admit McGrady was a premier allstar in his prime but, do we just award him a hall of fame entry because of injury? what about many other players that have shown Greatness that their careers also were cut down because of injury and the like. to me at least the hall of fame is about players that have made an impact on their team where as if they did not have their play then the team would not have made it to the play offs and beyond McGrady’s best years were in Toronto and In Orlando but neither team advanced solely because of his play a player that is considered for the award should be player that made a difference to his team besides some great highlight video I challenge anyone to explain to me how McGrady did that to ANY of the teams he was on.. except for personal highlights..

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