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Thursday And-1 Links: Tracy McGrady makes minor league baseball roster as pitcher

Apr 24, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Tracy McGrady is a professional baseball player. A pitcher nonetheless. He made the roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league team. Give the man some credit, with his NBA days over and not wanting to just collect checks in China (or wherever) he chased a dream and got it.

• When Joakim Noah first came into the league, he wore the same shoe company that his father the legendary tennis player wore — Le Coq Sportif. Now Noah is suing Le Coq Sportif for money and claiming that those shoes helped lead to his foot problems.

• I’ll add that trainers/player development people around the league will tell you a chunk (not all but some) of the plantar fasciitis is about ill-fitting shoes.

• If you want to know now the names and backgrounds of the assistant coaches who will be interviewing for head coaching gigs this summer, read this.

Terrence Jones had his criminal charges in Portland dropped (for allegedly kicking a homeless man), but a civil compromise was reached.

• The Miami Heat have reached a new deal with the city of Miami to keep the team there through 2040. By then LeBron James will probably own the team.

Chauncey Billups wants a front office job.

• Here’s a Q&A with The Logo, Jerry West.

• Mark Cuban says the $550 million price tag for the Milwaukee Bucks is a “bargain.” I think he and I define that word differently.

• Gregg Popovich donated money to help Butler rebuild it’s facilities. Because he’s a Hoosier.

• This is old but in case you missed it, here is’s Lang Whitaker being a D-League coach.

• Also old but still funny: Can the Portland Trail Blazers name all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

• You had to know the Miami Heat had a senior dance team, right?

• Finally, I leave you with this from Lance Stephenson, and without comment.

  1. doncorleone17 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    T-Mac to the rack !!! How much I miss those days. I hope he thrives as a pitcher I heard he throws harder then CC & Kyle Farnsworth

  2. kcroyal - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    It’s not the minor leagues. It’s an independent league. Thanks.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      The independent leagues are minor leagues. They’re different from affiliated minor league teams, which is to say they are not part of Minor League Baseball (MiLB), but they are considered minor league teams all the same.

  3. saint1997 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Can someone explain to me why everyone loves T-Mac and nobody loves Melo? Throw Iverson and Vincent Carter in there as well if you like, I just don’t understand the hate for Carmelo and the love for those three oft-inefficient high scoring non-ring wearers

    • borderline1988 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Probably a lot of that has to do with Lebron James.

      In the early 2000s, people idolized the MJ and Kobe type players.

      Nowadays, fans want to see an all-around game. If the only thing a guy does is score, his game is seen as lacking, regardless of how good of an offensive player he is.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        T-Mac had an all-around game. He could obviously score, in so many different ways, but he was a good rebounder who had great handles and court vision. He may not have been a game changer on defense but could play solid defense on the other team’s perimeter players. Just like MJ and Kobe, he was more than just a one-dimensional scorer… For a while, there was an argument about who was better, Kobe or T-Mac…

        The reason T-Mac is more beloved is that he had the advantage of playing before social media. In the world of Twitter, everything is immediately blown up and overscrutinized. T-Mac did what Melo did in Denver not once, but twice.

      • saint1997 - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:31 AM

        Yeah that is a really good point and interesting as well. LeBron has developed this new standard where if you can do 5 things on the court all right it is better than doing one thing really well. People have tried to make the argument that Nic Batum is on a similar level to Melo, for that fact exactly. It’s obviously rubbish – but that is the effect of such an across the board player

  4. timb12 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    And T-Mac could have done more had he not had injuries shorten his career.

  5. redbaronx - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    “And here’s T-Mac with the windup….wait no! He’s rushing home plate and …yes he’s DUNKING the Baseball down the umpires shirt and yelling “In your face!” “

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