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Tracy McGrady, stop jinxing yourself

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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  • Jan 30, 201111:49 am
    by Alan


    It is amazing that people blasted Joe D for signing T-Mac for the vet min.  His contract is easily the best performing one on our roster.  And his re-signing with Detroit is likely to be a top 3 priority this off-season.

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  • Jan 30, 20113:12 pm
    by Pratik Narula


    rebuilding can def. start w/ tmac in the picture especially if pistons can play well enough to make it to the playoffs…even if its first round wud b a big step up if u were to think about last year…and i think him n tayshaun play well together..or if tay leaves..then austin daye can easily fit into the picture..deron williams is a free agent nxt year. I WANT HIM to b a piston. obviously he wont want that unless joe D can wrk his magic. W/ greg monroe developing and a healthy JJ this team can b unique. there fun to watch

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