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TMac's Value to the Spurs

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TMac's Value to the Spurs

I've been thinking about Mcgrady's strange yet fitting position. He'll have the chance win a title despite the possibility of never playing one meaningful minute. Barring any tragic circumstance he'll probably be lucky to pick up garbage time at the end of a game.

So the question is - what does he contribute to this Spurs squad? He may be a veteran, but he's barely been with this team. So it would be a stretch to call him a leader. He is still a rather skilled player which is always useful. But ultimately his strengths as a ball handler and passer are two things that are taken care of by other teammates.

What he does bring is symbolism. Mcgrady is a walking symbol that must be hard to ignore in the San Antonio locker room. Old guys like Parker, Manu and Duncan know Mcgrady as one of the greats who never made it past the first round before.Then he wore down and fell into obscurity. Meanwhile they all have won multiple rings. Mcgrady's presence is surely a reminder of their blessed situation. They were found by a great organization that understands how to overcome the difficulties of winning in the NBA.

But Mcgrady's symbolism is even more potent for the young guys. Leonard, Neal, Splitter, Green, Joseph.

Players who grew up seeing a perennial all-star fill stat sheets, climbing his way towards a Hall of Fame career, and become an idol for every basketball fan. As good as these young Spurs players are, none of them come close to the level that Mcgrady once achieved. He was a great. To them he was TMac, a nickname that was given to him by a world fan base.

Imagine being Kawhi Leonard or Danny Green lacing up in the locker room before Game 2. Then looking over a couple lockers down to see the shell of a titan known as TMac, preparing for a game that he'll probably never play in. Like the overachieving pudgy kid who squeaks onto a High School team because of his effort and willingness to fetch the balls in shooting practices. Imagine that.

Opportunities sometimes only come once. Even if you're 21 years old, fresh into the league, this may be the last time you'll be here. Even if you elevate your play and somehow become a top 3 player, you could easily never be back here. Who knows, maybe Pop and Duncan retire after this series....Maybe you'll be traded to a dead-end team......Maybe you sustain a career altering injury just like Mcgrady. Just because an opportunity comes while you are young, doesn't mean it'll come again. The symbol that is Mcgrady says more than any Popovich motivational speech.

So to Leonard, Neal, Splitter, Green and Joseph - Carpe Diem. This chance may never come again. -Sincerely, a former god who is happy to be along for the ride.


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I must appologize ahead of

I must appologize ahead of time as it seems I'm on a negative streak right now. But you used a whole lot of words and typing for a very simple answer. what does tmac mean to the spurs? Nothing. The young guys get way more value out of being around champions like Parker and Duncan then they do from a vet who has never won a playoff series. No matter how talented he was. He doesn't have some inspirational story behind him. He was never known as a hard worker. He is one of the most talented players ever, but let's be real, he isn't contributing to the spurs. He's along for the ride.

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And I'm sure Mcgrady wishes

And I'm sure Mcgrady wishes everyday that he worked harder and capitalized more on his talent. He unfortunately had his stardom cut short from bad knees. I think you work yourself a little harder and focus more when you're in the presence of the tragic figure that is TMac.

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I wonder if the people giving

I wonder if the people giving me negs are doing it because this thread was created to show a former star respect and I didnt jump on board or if they truly believe that tmac is a big inspiration to the spurs and makes them a better team and is a contributor to their succes and I'm just wrong in not understanding how much he helps the team.

Lol, nvm, That was a rhetorical question.

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You get negs because you're

You get negs because you're unnecessarily being negative. This post whether theoretically true or not was very well thought out and entertaining to read. It's a very in depth analysis and could even hold some truth to an extent. It's obvious the Spurs didn't sign him to play much, but they must have signed him for some reason, and this post is one of the many possible ideas as to why they did.

Not to mention your logic of "He's along for the ride." is ignorant, no GM in the NBA is going to sign someone just because they asked to tag along. There is always going to be some reason or purpose a player is signed, even if it's just as a locker room/mental booster.

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Most naturally gifted player

Most naturally gifted player ever to play the game.

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When you say most naturally

When you say most naturally gifted in terms of what? I think Shaq and Bron quickly off the top of my head come up ahead.

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I think

Bron and Shaq work their butt out to be what they are now. Atestament to their good work ethic. Tmac.meanwhile was really a baller even with his bad work ethic.

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I think TMac symbolizes

I think TMac symbolizes persistence. He's been through alot since he entered to the league from leading the league in scoring and at one time beig better than Kobe Bryant to never being able to capatilze on his immense talents and get past the first rd of the playoffs up until now.
I also believe TMac is one of the most naturally gifted to ever play the game and I understand exactly what champzilla was saying. When you watched him play it was effortless yet efficient (for the most part) but he was so smooth with everything he was just gifted with the basketball in which only certain others can compare too. After all this and from bouncing around to fixing no work but China the Spurs knew they needed someone that could put them over the top mentally. He may never say work within that locker room but his presence is felt and he is someone who everyone will lean on as a crutch because he had it all and injuries ruined him but he never gave up. TMac is an all time great and will be HOF one day after years of patience on the ballot.

But he is not getting his ring this year because LeBron is not losing this year.

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I was

About to agree on everything you said till the last paragraph. Are you some kind of a fortune-teller? Or must be a delusional heat fan. Relax dude, if I were you, I should pray that Miami wins one on the road to even have a chance.

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I was

About to agree on everything you said till the last paragraph. Are you some kind of a fortune-teller? Or must be a delusional heat fan. Relax dude, if I were you, I should pray that Miami wins one on the road to even have a chance.

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I think TMac symbolizes

I think TMac symbolizes persistence. He's been through alot since he entered to the league from leading the league in scoring and at one time beig better than Kobe Bryant to never being able to capatilze on his immense talents and get past the first rd of the playoffs up until now.
I also believe TMac is one of the most naturally gifted to ever play the game and I understand exactly what champzilla was saying. When you watched him play it was effortless yet efficient (for the most part) but he was so smooth with everything he was just gifted with the basketball in which only certain others can compare too. After all this and from bouncing around to fixing no work but China the Spurs knew they needed someone that could put them over the top mentally. He may never say work within that locker room but his presence is felt and he is someone who everyone will lean on as a crutch because he had it all and injuries ruined him but he never gave up. TMac is an all time great and will be HOF one day after years of patience on the ballot.

But he is not getting his ring this year because LeBron is not losing this year.

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TMac can still be effective

TMac can still be effective off the bench as am 8th or 9th man as well.

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McGrady

llperez is right... McGrady is on the San Antonio Spurs strictly for the joy/train ride. I hope he appreciates what the Spurs are doing for him. McGrady's days as viable NBA player are done and he's able to watch these games from the best seats in the house and be paid well for it.

He can still make a boat load of cash in China, but time and injuries have stripped him of any NBA differentiating skill that he once had.

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"Eye still got it" - Tracy

"Eye still got it" - Tracy McGrady....But seriously T-Mac found his iner G in China

*Cough*Qingdao placed dead last in the regular season*Cough*

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LBJ Impersinator?

I have this sneaking suspicion that they signed him to imitate LeBron in practice time. I mean LBJ is one of the most unique players to ever play period and definitely the most unique still active. Enter TMac who fit that bill a while ago. Obviously I could be wrong and there is no way to prove it (or dispute it I guess) but I dunno, does it seem that illogical to everyone?

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