For San Antonio Spurs forward Tracy McGrady, a career of "what ifs" could end here. The 16-year-veteran came into the NBA with plenty of expectations and a future that seemed bright when he was drafted by Toronto ninth overall in 1997. But injuries have taken their toll on McGrady, who has bounced from team to team throughout his career. He's played for the Magic, the Rockets, the Pistons and the Hawks, picking up a pair of scoring titles and making seven All-Star appearances along the way. His most recent stop before being picked up by the Spurs in April was China, where he averaged 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists for Qingdau of the Chinese Basketball Association. "Because I played with Yao [Ming in Houston,] I gained some fans over there," McGrady said. "That skyrocketed my popularity and when I played over there, I couldn't believe it. It was an overwhelming experience. They make you feel like a rock star. You go to the arenas and there are thousands of people waiting for you outside. It's always completely sold out." Conventional wisdom says an overseas move like that could mark the end of a player's career in the NBA, but after the Spurs signed McGrady as a free agent, the veteran finds himself at the Finals for the first time in his career. It may not be the ideal way to try and win a championship, but after his eight previous playoff appearances ended in the first round, McGrady will take it and try to move past the injuries that left him wondering about missed opportunities.
With injury-filled career, Spurs' McGrady at his first Finals
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 7