Tracy McGrady quits baseball, plans to try something else

tracy-mcgrady-welcomeWhen 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 3 great months of living out my childhood dream of playing baseball, I have decided to hang up the cleats,” McGrady said on his Facebook page.

“I firmly believe that you must go for things you dream of and when you know you’re done, you know when to walk away. I will forever be grateful to The Sugar Land Skeeters for giving me this opportunity,” he said.

“I have always been and will always be a fan of baseball and being able to play it at this level was a dream come true. Now onto other opportunities. Thank you all for the love support you continually send my way,” McGrady’s message said.

McGrady’s baseball stint wasn’t anything to brag about, but he said he did it for the experience and the love for the game.

“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 June.

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.


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