Well I guess it makes a little more sense as to why the Spurs released Jackson earlier this week, they just signed Tracy McGrady. It's interesting for sure, I don't really know what to think about it, going to be weird seeing him in silver & black.
While T-Mac is only 33 years old, it’s been a long time since he gave coach Gregg Popovich nightmares with that amazing 13-points-in-35-seconds flash fire in Houston. Dec. 12, 2004, to be exact, back in the days when the 6-foot-8 McGrady was athletic, graceful, high-flying and could do virtually anything he wanted on a basketball court.
But since averaging 21.6 points for the Rockets in the 2007-08 season, McGrady has undergone microfracture surgery on his left knee, come back to earth with his game and was out of the NBA after sitting on the bench in Atlanta last season. Coach Gregg Popovich will likely use him in limited minutes to back up Kawhi Leonard at small forward after waiving veteran Stephen Jackson last week.
McGrady is eligible for the playoffs because he was not on an NBA roster at any time this season. His size can pick up a few rebounds and he’s always been a willing and adept passer. But the explosiveness that used to get him to the basket is gone and now he’s merely a jump-shooter.
McGrady averaged 25 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 29 games this season in the Chinese Basketball Association, but was not able to lift the Qingdao Ducks, who finished 8-24 and in last place in the 17-team league.
Joining the Spurs would seem to give McGrady the chance to fill that one glaring hole in his resume. He is currently the only NBA scoring champ in history to never win a single series and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
“I’m just glad to be part of this environment,” McGrady told Chris Broussard of ESPN via text. “Something I never experienced while being my best.”
San Antonio always been a no-nonsense organization that rarely makes excuses and McGrady’s has been a career full of them, leaving a trail of recrimination in his wake from Orlando to Houston to New York to Detroit to Atlanta.
With Manu Ginobili trying to make a playoff comeback from a bad hamstring, Tony Parker not up to form since he suffered a severely sprained left ankle in early March and Jackson now banished, the Spurs search for an offensive boost going into the playoffs is bordering on desperate.
Holy crap that 13 points in 35 seconds game was 9 years ago! Where does the time go?
I haven't been following McGrady much over the last year but I wouldn't have thought he would be more valuable than Stephen Jackson. But then again I don't have the basketball brain that Popovich does.
I think its a good signing. He showed in his time with Detroit that he can contribute as a facilitator and jump shooter. I think it will work for the spurs.
Them signing tmac is more of a no confidence vote in some of the younger players in the roster when it comes to facilitating such as de colo and joseph
maybe pops wanted to make sure that if anyone "mutombos" his team...someone will retaliate ;)
I remember him giving Boston some trouble in game 3 of the playoffs last year
i can't wait!
He can still play some. Not only will he take the back-up role for Kawhi, if GInobili isn't 100%, he'll most likely get a little more than garbage minutes.
If Ginobili misses the first round, we could see T-Mac playing 15-20 minutes a game.
T-Mac can play 1-3. Pop loves guys with versatility so this is a great fit. Cant wait as a pistons fan i was surprised its taken this long for him to sign back in the league