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Tracy McGrady: Making Most of Minimal Minutes, Aiming To Prove Worth

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IDecember 21, 2009

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: National Basketball Association (NBA) star player Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets attends a ceremony to launch an Adidas shoe on August 29, 2005 in Beijing, China. McGrady helped Adidas launch the special edition of the shoe for the Chinese market. (Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images)
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All the T-Mac slamming and trade talk trash needs to stop.

Tracy McGrady is doing a damn good job at making the most of the minimal minutes he is receiving while also aiming to prove to the world that he’s still a star.

“It’s everything; haven’t played in so long, new guys, coming back from a difficult surgery,” McGrady told Houston Chronicle writer Jonathan Feigen before Friday’s game. “It’s mentally, physically, it’s everything that has to do with being able to go out and play without thinking. That’s kind of the stage I’m at right now, going out there, trying to get in a rhythm, knowing what moves to make on the basketball court. All that stuff, I have to get familiar with again.”

The Rockets have a very good team as is, but in order to go deep into postseason play (which I know is still months away), having a healthy McGrady is a necessity for Houston.

Fans tend to quickly forget how great McGrady has been in a Rockets uniform.

I know it’s been an extremely long time since anyone has seen T-Mac at his best, especially since he’s made his move to the Lone Star State, but he has had many moments of greatness while wearing Rockets red.

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It’s time to embrace the return of McGrady for what it’s worth; the Rockets need T-Mac if they want to make a miracle run for the NBA title.

At this point and time, Rick Adelman is just slowly working McGrady back into the puzzle, and I think that’s the best course of action right now.

McGrady is also handling this all with class, and with this kind of attitude I have no doubt that once he’s back to stay, the Rockets will be getting a giant boost from their seven-time All-Star.


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

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