"People want to write about who he was two years ago. He isn't that right now." -- Houston Rockets head coach Rick Adelman
Obviously, the Tracy McGrady era's over in Houston.
The Rockets' All-Star guard was granted an indefinite leave of absence by the team last week after complaining about his lack of playing time since returning from microfracture surgery on his left knee.
In six games this NBA season, McGrady's averaging 3 points and 1 assist in a measly 8 minutes of action a night.
With those pathetic numbers, his hefty contract and injury-prone history, it's no surprise of the lack of interest in the 12-year veteran McGrady by many NBA teams around the league.
On the other hand, the six-time NBA All-Star McGrady's only 30-years-old. For his career, he averages 21.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists a game. So, it's no surprise of some interest in him by others, with the hope he'll return back to full strength.
The bottom line?
It seems a desperate athlete's pride and livelihood is on the line once again in the NBA. McGrady's collecting $23.2 million this season, the highest in the NBA, but his contract expires this summer. He realizes his reputation's in shambles in the eyes of NBA owners.
He knows the Houston Rockets (20-14) didn't need his services any longer. He knows he's never led a team passed the first round on the playoffs. He knows he's only played in 35 games since the 2007-2008 season.
While it could be a risk, McGrady understands he needs to play well this season, something the Rockets had no intentions in helping him do, for the sake of his NBA career.
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