After a stellar NBA career that spanned 15 seasons, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady has finally called it a day in the League.
Speaking on ESPN's First Take programme, McGrady said that he still believes he can play, but the lack of playing time might take him overseas, opening the door to a possible return to China. He played for the CBA's Qingdao Eagles in 2012-2013.
McGrady had a splendid relationship with Yao Ming, but injuries prevented the duo from giving the Rockets a title shot
It's been 16 years playing the game I love. I've had a great run, but it's time for it to come to an end," McGrady said in the First Take interview.
The 2003-2004 scoring champion was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in 2013, but did not get to see the floor in the Finals against Miami, even when Manu Ginobili was struggling against the Heat defense.
"When we were in the Finals and Manu was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely," McGrady claimed. Nevertheless, he did acknowledge that the Spurs management considered him an insurance player with little chance of playing.
The 15-year veteran averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists since being drafted out of Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina, and led the NBA in scoring in 2003 (32.1 points per game) and 2004 (28.0 ppg). Since then, however, his scoring numbers have steadily declined; prior to playing in China, he last played for the Atlanta Hawks (2011), where he averaged a measly 5.3 points per outing.
To most NBA fans, though, McGrady will be best known for what is considered one of the greatest comebacks of all time, a 13-point explosion in 35 seconds that won the game for Houston against San Antonio in 2004:
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