Reasons why McGrady got his chance and Iverson did not


mcgrady-spursSo, a couple of days ago, the San Antonio Spurs made a move, and signed Tracy McGrady for the upcoming NBA playoffs. McGrady probably couldn’t have been happier.

“It’s official,” McGrady told ESPN.com in a text message Tuesday afternoon.

With the second-seeded Spurs set to face either the Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, this may be McGrady’s best chance to show what he can bring to the table.

“Whatever happens, I’m just glad to be a part of this environment,” McGrady said via text. “[It’s] something I never experienced while being my best!”

So now an interesting question – some people were wondering why T-Mac got a second chance and such guys like Allen Iverson did not?

At first it seems like Spurs could’ve signed Iverson – he, afterall has been in the NBA finals, and has more playoff experience than McGrady (Iverson played in 71 playoff games, McGrady in 44).

Well, first of all, McGrady never “fell of the radar”. Despite him saying there will be no “NBA return”, McGrady was under constant view of the NBA, and what they saw were the averages of 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists from McGrady in the Chinese Basketball Association.

This was the proof that McGrady could still play and is willing to accept the minor role on a team with winning chances.

Iverson? He refused to sign a contract in the NBDL, he never even wanted to play from the bench – believing he’s the same guy he was in 2001. Even if he can play, the attitude was obviously wrong.

As a result – McGrady earned some money in China, and now is back in the U.S. with the Spurs, to try to help them win an NBA title. Looks like McGrady’s stint in China did bring benefits afterall.

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