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Report: Tracy McGrady works out with Kobe, eyes return to NBA

Sep 3, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

Tracy McGrady AP

When last we saw Tracy McGrady, he was a minor league baseball pitcher. Before that he was playing basketball in China. Before that he rode the bench for the San Antonio Spurs during their 2013 Finals run, playing 31 minutes through the entire playoffs, shooting 0-of-7. The last time he played meaningful minutes in the NBA was 2012 with the Hawks. Then in 2013 McGrady said he was retiring and we celebrated his career.

Now McGrady is thinking comeback.

And to see if he can get there he is woking out with Kobe Bryant.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has the details.

“Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night.

Bryant and McGrady, 35, worked out three days a week for a period of time in August, several sources, including McGrady, told Yahoo. At least two NBA teams were contacted over the summer about their potential interest in McGrady, but none registered a desire to further explore the possibility, league executives told Yahoo Sports.

If McGrady gets a chance — and that’s a big ‘if” — it likely will be a mid-season acquisition. One main reason for that is when NBA training camps open in October McGrady will be taking part in a tour of China (where he remains very popular as Yao Ming’s former star teammate) that pays him handsomely.

“The comeback will not happen, unless I have the drive whenever I get back,” McGrady told Yahoo in the email.

If he’s missing training camp it’s not likely a team just gives him a roster spot over a young player they can develop for the future. Especially if he’s not contributing. Which he likely will not be.

But McGrady is trying to get foot in the door again.

  1. avb300 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    He should just play in the Euro league, try to dominate, and if he does, NBA teams will sign him.

    It was pretty bad watching a former superstar ride the bench in 2013 with the Spurs and see them lose in the finals. Seems like a few years ago he was dropping 30 a game in Orlando.

    • freshstarz - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      i really wanted him to win a ring (even if it was on the bench)

  2. asimonetti88 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    would love to see him join the Lakers. T-Mac and Kobe… my Lakers would immediately be the favorites for the 2003 NBA Championship :)

  3. gasan2013pananaw - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Aw come on Kobe. You gotta be kidding

  4. blogsk3tball - Sep 3, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    If it didn’t mean a few ‘one team’ hall of famers leaving their franchises, I’d love to see one HOF oldies team of Nash, Kobe, T-Mac, Dirk, Duncan, Shaq, KG, & Carter taking on the league in their 40’s LOL.

  5. campcouch - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Plenty of mediocre players grabbing a game check in the league now. Why not, 10 day contracts were made for times like this.

  6. 32magicman - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Sign him up Buss!

  7. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Tracy McGrady eyes return to NBA and fractures orbital bone in the process…dude Tmac your body is no longer loyal to the game; just gohed and stay retired bro…..please?

  8. southerndownfan - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    You got to be kidding right ?

  9. swortybounce - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I give him credit, at least he doesn’t have the Iverson mentality to think he is too good to be a role player.

  10. alabamacowboy - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Don’t do it T-Mac.

  11. udkidd - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    He and Kobe came into the league together and for a while they were neck and neck as the top NBA players in the league, McGrady even with scoring titles. How far has he fallen and yet Bryant is still one of the game highest paid players (even though he shouldn’t be).

    • arrondior - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      McGrady on his way to his prime was better than Kobe in his prime. Unfortunately we never got to see a prime McGrady due to injuries.

      • romestar82 - Sep 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        agree with Arrondor,T-Mac surpassed Kobe in fact Shaq wanted a trade for T-Mac and Kobe

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        let’s do a fact check…

        Tracy peak 30.3 PER, led league
        Kobe peak 28.0 PER, didn’t and hasn’t ever led league in PER

        Tracy peak .262 win shares per 48 min’s, led league
        Kobe peak .224 win shares per 48 min’s, didn’t lead league, never led league

        but as arrondior said, T-Mac couldn’t ever sustain it due to injuries…

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        so everything being equal, youd rather have had tmac vs kobe? Ive seen Tmac at his best and ive seen kobe….im taking kobe

  12. southerndownfan - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    The Vince Young of the Nba

  13. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Somebody buy this guy a dog so something will satisfy his need for attention.

  14. therealhtj - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Last Vegas – Basketball Edition

  15. lhollis74 - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Arrondior, romestar, and sportsfan, how many playoff games has Tracy won? Oh, I’m guessing that is irrelevant to this kobe hater argument,lol.

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