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Aug 06

More Tracy McGrady Goodness

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Not McGrady’s best game in a Magic uniform, but a great one nonetheless. Click here for Part II.

16 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@PK

Potential from strictly a talent aspect.

PK
PK

@Eddy: can you explain how? Or you just admitted that reaching his potential was winning a scoring title and no playoff series? Nobody is saying he wasn't great when it comes to body and skills, but it's the mindset that separates good players from great ones (and sometimes a bit of luck)

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@PK

T-Mac did fulfill his potential, though.

PK
PK

Yeah, if "potential" was was the rating factor T-mac is the best but it thankfully isn't. Get over it, one of the things that separates real great players from those T-mac ones is living up to their potential.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

Everyone nailed it on the head. McGrady was a special talent in his prime.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@drew
Yeah, T-Mac had issues with both injuries AND bad luck (mostly with other teammates' injuries), in addition to some poor decisions lately stemming from his pride. A lot of great players didn't win a title in the 90s because of MJ and Scottie, and they didn't have to deal with the injury problems T-Mac has had as well. Oh well, I still wish him nothing but the best.

drew
drew

It's nice to see T-Mac getting love. One of the best to ever do it. Never understood why people shower hate on a guy because of injuries. Durability and luck have a lot to do with the way a player is viewed by the masses, but McGrady's brilliance was truly a thing of beauty.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@Raptor
I would say .0001% chance T-Mac plays with the Magic again. Certainly not this year, at least.

Thomas
Thomas

That Armstrong dive really was great. Diving across the feet of Sam Cassell for a ball in a regular season game. I think that is better than Rondo's dive. Not to mention Cassell throwing him back to the ground when he tried to get up.

Armstrong is the guy that I miss.

Joe
Joe

T-Mac was possibly the most talented player I've ever seen. He's right up there with Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson. Top 5 all-time at least. And he was so much fun to watch.

It's a shame that people think Kobe is better. The difference is that Kobe has stayed healthy, and he was lucky enough to be drafted by the perfect franchise, where he could play with dominant post players for his entire career.

McGrady? In his prime years, he had guys like Pat Garrity trying to play center. And an injured Grant Hill taking up all their cap space. Such a shame.

Raptor
Raptor

What are the chances of T-Mac joining the Magic?

Frank The VA
Frank The VA

T-Mac will always be one of the greatest.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@Mikeyho
Yeah, that was great, but c'mon, T-Mac was doing it all in that first half. 30 points on 15 shots and 7 boards? Not to mention two beautiful feeds to Horace (one which Horace dunked, the other T-Mac dunked to follow up Horace's missed lay-up). I agree with Larry, these videos are somewhat saddening because he really was a joy to watch.

And the graphic that showed there said a lot, considering the Magic at that point were 30-19 when T-Mac scored 20+. So that flies in the face of people who were like "T-Mac needed to pass the ball more", since they didn't have anyone else who could score reliably.

John
John

What could have been. He was as good as anyone in his prime, I just wished that we could have seen Dwight and TMac. We won 37 games with Steve Francis and a terrible trade for Doug Cristie who never put a Magic uni on. There was no one that could guard him those years. I really have to agree with Larry it really is sad.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

I wasn't as impressed with baked beans 48 as I was with Armstrong's unbelievable dive that made Rondo's dive from the playoffs inferior. Mcgrady could really get hot though.

Larry
Larry

These videos tear me up. McGrady is by far one the most unique talents the game of basketball has ever seen. His hayday in Orlando and Houston was just breathtaking. Now he is just a broken down 31 year old, how tragic is that. I miss T-Mac.

His potential was just of the charts.