Tracy McGrady’s glory days are well behind him. He might not even play a second in this NBA final, yet, he sure still talks a world-class game.
Supremely confident, honest, and unafraid to speak his mind, it was no surprise that McGrady was surrounded by media on Friday afternoon throughout a half hour availability session.
Few were willing to leave the scrum with the two-time NBA scoring champion dropping constant gems.
Tracy McGrady went there. Again.
On Friday, the 34-year-old Spurs reserve said what he has in the past — that the Raptors could have done big things, had he chose to stick around instead of fleeing to his hometown Orlando Magic.
It wasn’t anything new, McGrady and Vince Carter have been singing that tune for years, but by finally getting to the NBA Finals now, after being out of the league for a year, McGrady appears to have realized even more what could have been.
“At that time, I think Toronto probably could have competed for championships with the Lakers, that’s what I think,” McGrady said Friday.
But he was sick of being in Carter’s shadow and was eager to prove he could be the man on another team.
He nearly doubled his 15.4 points per game scoring average to 26.8 after joining Orlando, and led the NBA at 32.1 and 28.0 per game during his final two seasons there.
“Toronto, they didn’t know I was capable of that type of performance as far as scoring. I didn’t (even) know I had that in me,” he said.
McGrady said he thought he was more like LeBron James, a stat-stuffing do-everything player, but the “backing of my coaches and teammates” helped him emerge as a nightly 30+ scorer.