October 05, 2010
Speaking to FanHouse's Tim Povtak before practice on Tuesday, Detroit Pistons guard and former All-Star Tracy McGrady(notes) was surprisingly candid when referring to his thoughts on the new-look Miami Heat featuring LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes) and Chris Bosh(notes).
"I am envious (of Miami's Big Three). I'm jealous as [expletive],'' McGrady chuckled Tuesday morning before a Pistons workout. "I look at all the teams I've been on, and I never had a Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh on the same team. I'm jealous, but I'm happy for them. I hope they win 10 damn championships.''
Give him credit for being honest, and while McGrady will get slammed for this comment (you're not really supposed to admit to being jealous about being on another team, while you're signed to play for your own team), he's well within his rights to want to play with some of the best basketball players of his era. Or, the era that comes after Tracy McGrady's era that Tracy McGrady still happens to play in.
If NBA players (just as we did) grew up wanting to hit Larry Bird on the break for a corner three, or take in a bounce pass from Magic Johnson, or feeding Michael Jordan before he hits his fadeaway, why does that have to go away when they get older? Tracy's 31, and I'm 30. I'm jealous as spitfire that I don't get to play with the Miami Heat even though I currently stink terribly at basketball, so why does Tracy have to feel differently because he's playing in the same league as them?
McGrady carried the Magic, for years, when Grant Hill(notes) was injured. He has never made it out of the first round of the playoffs, but he's never been on a team that deserved to beat the team it lost to in the first round of the playoffs. You may not like the way he left Toronto, Orlando or Houston; but his prime years were also decimated by injury. He'll take in a lot of flak for these comments, but I think it's time to give the guy a break.