Tracy McGrady has never played an entire 82 game NBA season in his 11 year career. Ailing injuries and unfortunate luck have prevented T-Mac back from becoming one of the best players in the league, getting into the Hall of Fame, and most of all, winning a Championship.
In 2000, Tracy McGrady was dealt to the Orlando Magic where he would play alongside Grant Hill. The two of them had a chance to bring the Magic to the playoffs, and possibly take it all the way. But with bad luck on Tracy's side, Hill played only 4 games that season due to an ankle injury. The team ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks.
In the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, Tracy complained about multiple back spasms and missed eight games because of the injury. In January of the same season, T-Mac faced the Denver Nuggets and was taken out of the game on a stretcher because of severe back spasms. He missed five games due to the re-occurring injury. The Rockets couldn't win games without him and missed the playoffs that season.
Once again, back spasms prevent him from playing in seven games near the start of the season. When returning, T-Mac said that he was not the same anymore. He stated that the pain in his back slowed him down and prevented him from being as explosive as he used to be.
But when 7'6" Yao Ming went down with a leg injury, T-Mac was forced to step his game up. Tracy carried his team for the rest of the season, averaging 24.6 points per game, a career high 6.5 assists, 5.3 boards, with 1.3 steals, ending the season with the fifth best record in the league. They lost the playoffs in the first round to the Utah Jazz.
On Nov. 15, 2007, T-Mac injured his elbow and an X-ray revealed that it was just a minor strain. Dec. 10, Tracy left the game due to an ankle injury and did not return. Dec. 15, T-Mac injured his left knee in the first quarter, but returned in the second half. Dec. 19, McGrady limped noticeably with a sore left knee and was replaced for the rest of the game.
He missed the next 11 games.
Apr. 9, 2008: McGrady sits out because of soreness in his strained and bruised left shoulder. Tracy ended the season missing 16 games. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and shoulder, needing at least three months of recovery.
It has been only 11 games into the season so far and Tracy McGrady is already down with a knee injury. This time it seems more serious than ever before. Tracy said to reporters that he feels like he is back to square one again. T-Mac stated that he has sharp pain going through his knee and feels as if he never had surgery this off-season. "I'm feeling the same pain," T-Mac says.
So what is going to happen with McGrady this season? Will he ever be able to stay healthy for an entire season and win a Championship before he retires? Will he make it to the Hall of Fame? Will his ailing knee, shoulder, and back even let him continue to play his game of basketball?
If T-Mac's injuries continue to occur he won't be able to play like the super-star player we know and love anymore. Tracy will either have to fight through his pain to play the game he loves, or he will be forced to retire.