Healthy, Team-Oriented Tracy McGrady Return Will Propel Houston Rockets to Top

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IDecember 13, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20:  Tracy McGrady #3 of the Houston Rockets warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With all the Tiger Woods gossip and bashing going on, the sports world has put smaller issues such as the Tracy McGrady situation on the backburner.

Thank goodness for that.

But the latest news coming out of the Houston Rockets camp is that everyone, including head coach Rick Adelman, general manager Daryl Morey, and T-Mac himself, is on the same page.

Although McGrady’s return date is still up in the air, the seven-time All Star is currently a leader in the Western Conference for the annual fan-voted best of the bests showdown in early 2010.

Merry Christmas, T-Mac; even without hitting the hardwood yet this season, it’s obvious that fans can’t wait to see you return to the court.

Hopefully, McGrady will be pulling back on that Rockets jersey well before mid-February.

Here’s the thing; Houston’s Rockets are absolutely on a roll right now and they are doing a damn good job of making quite a bit of noise in the West.

The big question is how everything will work out when T-Mac makes his triumphant return, and here’s my take on it: if McGrady comes back healthy and with a team-oriented attitude, the Rockets will be on their way to championship contenders.

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Regardless of what fans and the media alike have been saying about McGrady’s recent verbal outbreaks (myself included), the guy can play basketball to the level of the Kobe Bryant’s and LeBron James’ of the world.

He’s proved that time and time again; and that’s why he’s a seven-time All Star and counting (and it appears as though he’s heading for number eight; at this rate he’ll be starting for NBA’s superior conference alongside some other superior names in the league).

I love T-Mac; the city of Houston loves T-Mac; NBA fans can’t wait to see T-Mac bring back his magic to the court; and now that everyone is on the same page in the Lone Star State, it’s time to focus on the future of this incredible Morey-assembled team.

If McGrady returns to the Rockets and can slide right into this Adelman-led squad that is continuing to somehow surprise people regardless of their impressive record, Houston will be title bound.

The Rockets have a really good team as is; T-Mac’s eventual return, with the right attitude?

Watch out Western Conference, there’s a new contender in the house!

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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