Tracy McGrady went from an obscure high school talent, to playing in the NBA for 16 years, scoring 19,490 points, winning two scoring titles, making seven All-Star appearances as well as seven All-NBA teams.
Not a bad NBA career right there.
Besides the countless injuries on his body, many wondered why McGrady was choosing to retire, rather than chase a ring with a contender.
During an interview with Hoops World, McGrady said “he wanted to spend time with his kids, and he was honestly just tired of the bullsh*t of coming off the bench for mediocre teams.”
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“I was just drained and tired of the bull**** to be honest with you,” McGrady said. “Not really getting the opportunity to show what I could do, I wasn’t going to put myself through that kind of situation again.
“Right now, I’m just enjoying my life and enjoying being free. It hasn’t been that way since I was 18 years old; every year grinding it out, getting my body ready for the NBA’s rigorous regular season. I’d be in training camp and preseason right now, but instead I get to relax and be with my kids, just enjoying life. My kids love it and I’m really enjoying the opportunity to be around them. My boys are seven and four right now and my daughters are 10 and five. Just to be able to go out and get to see them play in their little league, basketball league and soccer league, it feels so good to be out there and to see that. I love that. They love having me there, seeing them play, and that brings joy to me. Being away and traveling all the time during an NBA season, you don’t get those opportunities so I’m enjoying it.”