The older, wiser Tracy McGrady still hasn’t learned.
Eight years ago, his Orlando Magic led the No. 1-seeded Detroit Pistons, 3-1, in a seven-game, first-round series. McGrady hadn’t advanced in the playoffs in any of his previous five seasons. Apparently overwhelmed with joy and a lack of knowledge of the NBA switching from a five-game first-round format, McGrady said, “’It feels good to get in the second round.”
The Pistons won the next three games by 31, 15 and 15 points. McGrady still hasn’t won a playoff series.
In a 2005 interview with Megan Manfull of the Houston Chronicle, McGrady claimed he had grown from his gaffe:
I learned my lesson. … That mistake will never happen again."
I guess that mistake hasn’t happened again. But McGrady still told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
"The next off-season will actually be my first off-season in three years where I can do basic training without me experiencing pain," said McGrady, who will be an unrestricted free agent. "I’m not going to training camp trying to get healthy, rehabbing still. I’ve been trying to do that for the last three years. Now I will be completely healthy and be able to do my normal regimen."
After that quote, I’ll be shocked if McGrady doesn’t suffer a catastrophic injury before the end of the season.
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