About ten years ago, when yours truly sincerely thought he was on his way to becoming a rap star, I had this song called “You Don’t Want To.”
It was your regular bragging song about how great I was, and I had this interesting line that for whatever reason I still repeat to this day (don’t ask me why; some lines just always stay with you) in regard to Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant.
“I am talking to Kobe’s Lady / She’s calling me Baby / T-Macking in the Bed /She screams Tracy McGrady? / It’s Orlando Magic / Secrets never revealed Playboy package”
Back then there was argument that long-term, McGrady could be better than Kobe. Times have changed in the last decade, haven’t they?
Here is what McGrady had to say about the possibility of him retiring:
“If it don’t happen this summer, I’ll ride off into the sunset,” McGrady told reporters before sitting out the Knicks’ season finale.
“If I could go through another offseason of working my [butt] off, and I don’t feel I’m getting any better, I can’t see myself coming back playing the way I’m playing right now. I just don’t see it happening,” he said.
I wish Tracy McGrady the best, but I don’t think he is more than a bench player at this point in his career. He is someone who can be a 6th man and every once in a while have a scoring outburst, but on most nights will give you 10-15 points at best.
If he isn’t going to be happy in that role, we could see an Allen Iverson scenario where he basically retires himself, not because he wants to, but because no one will want him.
It appears McGrady is saying that he knows this and won’t embarrass himself like Iverson did this year, but these guys are so competitive it makes you wonder.
It is good to know he is going to put in the dedication to try to get back to the way he was, but while his mind may be willing, I don’t think his body is.
At least he will live on in Littal rap lore.