Be­trayed by body, Mcgrady re­tires

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS - By John Krawczynski

THOSE sleepy eyes al­ways be­trayed Tracy McGrady.

Whether he was pour­ing in 13 points in 35 sec­onds for Hous­ton in 2004 or sit­ting on the bench and watch­ing the San An­to­nio Spurs win an­other play­off game in June with­out need­ing him, that cool ex­pres­sion rarely changed. It all looked al­most too easy for McGrady, even if it rarely was.

McGrady an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the NBA on Mon­day, end­ing a 16-year ca­reer that in­cluded two scor­ing ti­tles, seven all-star ap­pear­ances, in­juries to his knee and back and zero play­off se­ries wins while he was lead­ing the way. The straight­from-high school pro­ject who blos­somed into a dom­i­nant, two-way su­per­star will al­ways be re­mem­bered, too, as a player who strug­gled with in­juries.

“Thank all of you who have sup­ported me over 16 NBA sea­sons, 7 all-stars, and count­less ex­cit­ing mo­ments,” McGrady tweeted on Mon­day morn­ing. “Re­tir­ing from NBA. Stay tuned.”

McGrady didn’t rule out con­tin­u­ing his ca­reer over­seas, per­haps in China where he played last sea­son.

McGrady was drafted by Toronto out of high school in 1997 and was out­shined early in his ca­reer by Rap­tors star Vince Carter, McGrady’s dis­tant cousin. He be­came a star in Or­lando, was traded to Hous­ton in 2004 and also played for the Knicks, Pis­tons and Hawks be­fore fin­ish­ing up his ca­reer with the Spurs last sea­son. He av­er­aged 19.6 points, 5.6 re­bounds and 4.4 as­sists per game in his ca­reer and at one point was con­sid­ered one of the best perime­ter play­ers of his gen­er­a­tion.

“Con­grats to Tracy McGrady on an awe­some ca­reer,” LeBron James tweeted. “7-time All-NBA (2 1st Team), 2-time scor­ing champ, and just an all-around daz­zling tal­ent.”

“There are a lot of things that go into win­ning in the NBA,” for­mer Rock­ets coach Jeff Van Gundy said in a phone in­ter­view. “And un­til McGrady’s body be­trayed him, he was a dom­i­nant player.”

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