Tracy McGrady In Motown: New Team and Same Results

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20:  Tracy McGrady #3 of the New York Knicks smiles after making a basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2010 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons made headlines by acquiring seven time All-Star Tracy McGrady. This was one of few options for McGrady, who saw his chances fade in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Tracy McGrady was once a prolific player in the NBA. He has accomplished many individual accolades during his time in the NBA. McGrady was once in the same breath as Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony today. A lot has changed since then. After multiple issues with his ailing back and a microfracture injury, we do not know which T-Mac will show up The Motor City.

T-Mac has a great skill set and is entering a system that can showcase what he has left in the tank, well that's if he has anything left. The former All-Star seems to be motivated and ready to silence his critics. This is a chance to show up on the court and play with a new found motivation. 

I am not doubting McGrady's ability, but we all know he has the back of Betty White (Golden Girls) and a heart that pumps Kool-Aid. Detroit is a perimeter driven team with Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Rip Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince leading the troops. It will be interesting to see how McGrady fits in. Is Mcgrady's ego to big to come off the bench? We will see how that goes.

The bench experiment lasted three games with Allen Iverson last season in Memphis. I think McGrady realizes that he is not his old self, but is willing to contribute.

No matter how this experiment goes, if he averages 15ppg or 20ppg, one thing is for certain with McGrady: he will not go past the first round of the playoffs and he will not play more than 70 games.  

Tracy McGrady was one of my favorite players in the early 2000's It would be great to see him bounce back (a la Grant Hill), but it is hard to believe. I hope at the end of the season I am writing an apologetic letter to T-Mac for the comments I stated. We will see how motivated he is. I know Pistons fans are hoping his actions speak louder than his words.