Recently top amateur basketball players from all over the world attended the Adidas Nations event in California.
Two-time NBA Scoring Champion Tracy McGrady stopped by to get in on the action after recently ending his post-basketball stint in Minor League Baseball.
Once a top amateur talent himself, McGrady took the court at Next Level Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon, and then spoke to DimeMag about his short-lived baseball career and of course his time in the NBA.
Speaking about the parallels between baseball and baskeball, McGrady said baseball was a more mental game, while basketball is mental and physical as well.
“I think that the way you have to prepare yourself mentally for a baseball game is crazy, man. These guys arrive at the field five hours before each game starts. In basketball, we get there an hour and a half, two hours before, lace em’ up and get ready to play. It’s a grind that’s every day for baseball. Same routine every, every day,” McGrady said.
McGrady also spoke highly of the other players that he saw playing at the event.
“These guys got talent. A couple of these guys really stand out. I watched them today and I’ve seen some of these guys play because they’re in the area in Houston,” he said. “So I’m familiar with a few of these guys and I’m looking forward to seeing them on the next level.”
Further speaking about his NBA career and his favorite moments, McGrady named a few: scoring 13 points in 33 seconds, dunking on Shawn Bradley, scoring 62 points.
“I mean those are moments that I’ll always remember and that will be in the record books for a while,” he said.
Former NBA star said he doesn’t have any ideas on what he’s going to do next.
“I’ve got four kids at the house and it’s my priority to raise them and watch them become the person that they’re going to become,” he explained.
When Tracy McGrady was out of the NBA, and went to play in China, very few believed that he’d be back. And yet he did, signing with the San Antonio Spurs for the playoffs in 2013.
When McGrady finally retired, he surprised everyone again, by fulfilling his childhood dream – playing baseball. McGrady signed on to play in the minor league baseball for The Sugar Land Skeeters.
Former NBA star turned out to be smart enough not to torture himself and his ageing body in baseball, and has just called it quits after three months.
“I played in the NBA for 16 years,” he said on June 21. “And in the back of my mind for 16 years, I wanted to play baseball in some form or fashion. I just love this game and I wanted to give it a shot while I was still able to.”
McGrady retired, following a rather bleak short stay with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Playoffs in 2012-2013. He played in 15 NBA seasons, 4 of them with Orlando Magic.
McGrady was a 7-time NBA All-Star and led the NBA in scoring for 2 straight seasons (2002-2003, 2003-2004) with 32.1 ppg and 28.0 ppg respectively. He was also the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001.
He nearly won his first NBA title, but the Spurs lost to the Miami Heat in an epic seven-game finals series in 2013. McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that started in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school.Follow @exnbadotcom
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