Ball Don't Lie - NBA

Like most people, Tracy McGrady(notes) thinks there is something badly wrong with the Miami Heat.

Unlike most people, he doesn't think it's ever going to get any better.

The Pistons swingman and former All-Star sees an unavoidable contrast in the similarly styled LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes). And he points out that the ball-dominating, one-time franchise players just can't share a court together because neither one is comfortable playing off the ball.

Quoth Tracy, to the New York Daily News.

"That's why when they're on the court together, they're terrible. They're rhythm players that need the ball. I'm like that. I can't stand out there and catch and shoot. I've never been a guy that sits out there waiting for the ball to come to me."

McGrady wasn't done there, however. The one-time prize of the 2000 free-agent pool, who famously spurned the Chicago Bulls after a recruitment visit, says that LeBron should have signed with Chicago instead of the Heat.


"It was a better decision, a better place for him," said McGrady, who scored a season-high 13 points off the bench for the Pistons Sunday, but was 0-for-3 after intermission. "You can't just go somewhere and have that type of chemistry he had in Cleveland."

I wasn't aware that LeBron had much chemistry running in Cleveland, working in one of the league's most predictable offenses. But I suppose compared to the freak show in Miami, those Cavalier teams must look like the 1969-70 New York Knicks.

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