Jun 5, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (left) talks with shooting guard Tracy McGrady during practice for game one of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
According to ESPN, Tracy McGrady has called it quits in the NBA leaving the door open yet again for him to play his professional career overseas. Here is what McGrady had to say about his time in the NBA.
“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said on ESPN’s “First Take.”
“When we were in the Finals and Manu (Ginobili) was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely,” McGrady said.
He acknowledged, however, that Spurs management told him that he was an insurance policy and likely wouldn’t play.
Asked to clarify if he is now considering playing in China, McGrady said: “Officially retired from the NBA. Door’s still open.”
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. He signed with the Spurs in April after working his way back from injuries but never got on the floor for a team that made a run to the Finals.
McGrady told “First Take” that he still thinks he can play and was disappointed to not get a chance to help San Antonio.