After 16 years in the NBA, Tracy McGrady has announced it is time to leave the game. the 34-year-old McGrady used his appearance on ESPN’s First Take on August 26 to announce his retirement. He just feels the time is right to walk away.
“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run but it’s time for it to come to an end.”
McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, was drafted in 1997 right out of high school and was one of the few players who have made the transition directly out of high school to NBA stardom. With Toronto, McGrady really made a name for himself playing alongside Vince Carter. McGrady became a feared scorer and one of the top scorers in the league. But injuries really prevented McGrady from making more of an impact.
Tracy McGrady went on to play for the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and had brief stints with the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs.
He had his greatest opportunity to win an NBA Championship this past season with the Spurs. The team lost in seven games to the Miami Heat. Overall in his career, Tracy McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game.
McGrady is leading the door open for a possible return to the NBA, but for now the two-time scoring champion has officially retired.