In today’s NBA news, one former star retired from the league while another former star’s agent told the media that his client’s whereabouts were known.
Tracy McGrady retires from NBA
Tracy McGrady took to twitter today to announce his retirement from the NBA.
Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned. #mac
— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) August 26, 2013
McGrady appeared on ESPN’s First Take this morning to clarify his intentions going forward. Although the 34-year-old confirmed that he was done playing in the NBA, he didn’t sound as fully committed to hanging up his sneakers all together.
When asked if he would consider playing overseas like he did last season, McGrady responded, “Officially retired from the NBA. Door’s still open.”
McGrady was arguably the NBA’s best player in the early 2000s. In his career year of 2002-03, McGrady averaged 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.
He retires with career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
He entered the NBA in 1997 straight out of high school and teamed up with his cousin, Vince Carter, in Toronto to form one of the most promising scoring tandems the NBA had seen.
Eventually, McGrady grew tired of playing under his cousin’s shadow. He left Toronto in 2000 and became a superstar for the Orlando Magic.
McGrady will leave the NBA with a somewhat bitter taste in his mouth. He signed on with the Spurs in time for the postseason but was used sparingly throughout the playoffs. On First Take he admitted that riding the bench during the Finals wore on him.
“When we were in the Finals and Manu [Ginobili] was struggling, I felt I could contribute, absolutely,” McGrady said.
If anyone wants to argue his Hall of Fame credentials, take a moment to consider:
Tracy McGrady is 1 of 7 players in NBA history w/ 8 straight seasons of 20 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG. The others? Kobe, LeBron, MJ, Oscar, KG, Bird.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 26, 2013
Agent says Lamar Odom is not missing
ESPN reports that Lamar Odom is in a Los Angeles hotel currently dealing with an unspecified drug problem.
Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, refuted a TMZ report from Sunday that said Odom had gone missing.
“Lamar is not missing. His wife knows exactly where he is,” Schwartz told ESPN’s Marc Stein. Without going into too much detail, Schwartz added, “Playing in the NBA is still very much a part of Lamar’s plans.”
Odom had been courted by both Los Angeles teams this summer. However, one source told the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina that the Lakers are no longer pursuing the former Sixth Man of the Year.
The Clippers are closing in on a deal for Antawn Jamison, meaning they are likely out of the Odom sweepstakes as well.
For more on the Odom situation, click here.