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McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Posted on: December 31, 2009 1:38 pm
Tracy McGrady is a man without a team. Unless you count the Western Conference All-Star team.

When the third returns in the 2010 All-Star balloting were released Thursday, McGrady had passed Steve Nash and moved into second place among Western Conference guards behind Kobe Bryant. Paper balloting will continue until Jan. 10, while wireless and online voting concludes Jan. 18. The All-Star starters will be announced Jan. 21.

Oh, the delicious irony of McGrady starting the All-Star game in the state of Texas while he's gotten himself banished from the Rockets for complaining about playing time. As the New York Times' Jonathan Abrams needled on Twitter, is McGrady going to wear a Rockets jersey, or one from Attack Athletics, the Chicago gym where he trains with Tim Grover?

Should T-Mac somehow hold off far more deserving candidates like Nash, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, and Brandon Roy, the best part will be this: The All-Star Game could very well be his last in a Rockets jersey. The game will be played Feb. 14 -- four days before the NBA trade deadline.

If McGrady is voted into the All-Star starting lineup in a season during which he's played all of 46 minutes, should fans be banned from casting All-Star votes? Nah, let the fans have their fun ... the All-Star Game is meant for their entertainment. However, it's worth discussing whether All-Star appearances should be dropped as an official statistic for consideration for such honors as induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. McGrady starting for the West and Allen Iverson for the East at a time when both are running on fumes would provide plenty of proof that such accolades are meaningless.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2010 8:20 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

The average NBA fan nowadays is an uneducated front-runner.  I almost feel ashamed to be a fan of this league.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2010 8:18 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

This only shows that fans wanna see the best game regardless of what they've done on the current season. I admit I voted for McGrady and Iverson. I'd rather see Kobe and McGrady vs Iverson and D-Wade than watch Nash and Gilbert Arenas. Just like a regular pick up game you wanna pick the best players and hope that they are capable of playing up to their normal standards. Whats the harm in voting them in especially if there is nothing preventing you from doing so.Uh, dude, have you watched a single NBA game in, like, 5 years?

This is awesome.  Allen Iverson will make the team on the stregth of being a whiny bitch.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2010 8:17 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Diamond D,

No he didn't.  TMAC announced that he'd be having season ending surgery on his twitter account, before the team did.  That is accurate.  However, it wasn't before consulting the team.  That was all a farce as Houston was trying to trade him; and my gut feeling is, TMAC had no idea.  Immediately, TMAC apologized.  He meant no disrepect.  Houston knew he was getting a second opinion; they knew that the only option was surgery.  They knew this.  They knew he couldn't play anymore on it.  Houston just wanted to announce it first.  TMAC mispoke.  Why are folks making so much out of this?

TMAC helped Houston win 2/3 of the games he played.  He did this hurt, esp the year vs Utah in the playoffs he has shoulder and knee pain that required surgery; still putting up triple doubles.  He may not have helped Houston get outta the first round....but if it wasn't for him; they wouldn't have been in the playoffs NOR had any SHOT at gettin out.  If you can sit there and tell me that those playoffs games with TMAC weren't exciting; there is something wrong with you. 

Without TMAC, they won less than 25% of an 82 game season.  Until the year they signed Artest to go alongside Yao.  Then they did start winning without TMAC.  This year, there is no way to guage whether they are winning cause TMAC isn't playing or just cause they got better and are still not respected in this league.  Kinda like Portland last year.  Reality will set in and they will not be playoff bound; while TMAC (their one shot) will be sitting at home.  Tell me then, how much you love the Rockets.

TMAC each year has lead the league in voting...and then suddenly he lost out the last count.  Obviously Stern has something to do with this.  It is fan voting; but Stern will make the final play.  Both Iverson and TMAC won't be all-star starters.  But, it won't be cause the fans didn't vote them in.  Stern is screwing with TMAC's legacy...but like anyone cares.  No one cares unless it is their player.  Tis the league and the way it is.

But even if he did make it; he'd sit and let the others guys play.  So for those that say he is selffish; when?  He has played second fiddle to Yao since he's been in Houston.  Tell me one thing he is "REALLY" done that is selffish.

The guy is trying to keep his career.  Tell me, which one of you would be any different?

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2010 10:24 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

McGrady being in the all star game is a big joke, it would be like putting reggie bush in the pro bowl as the starting running back, yes he is exciting, but he doesn't start and they both don't play often, McGrady plays less than Bush does. if this was an all decade all star game then yes, McGrady deserves this, but not in a 2009-2010 season of the all star game, he started off injured and now that he is back the rockets want less and less to do with him. he is not an all star this year and the fan voting in the nba is worse than the nfl.

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2010 8:48 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

The all star voting is nothing but a popularity contest. There is no way that a guy who has played 46 minutes this year should even get a wiff of the all star game unless he buys a ticket. Unfortunately sports these days are filled with selfish individuals who forget they play a game. Let them make $20 an hour and get workers comp pay when they get injured and maybe they would treat the sport and fans with more respect.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2010 6:18 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I'm not upset about it, but I'm also glad that TMac stated that he would not accept the starter role over more deserving players.  As far as the Rockets treating TMac like trash, where do you get that from?  Let me start off by saying that I'm a TMac fan and I wish the Rockets could find a way to keep him.  I think he is going to have a successful comeback, and even if he is only 80% the player he was before, he will still be valuable to whichever team gets him.  In my opinion, the Rockets have not treated TMac bad.  Last year, TMac announced to the media that he was shutting it down for the season and having surgery before he even discussed it with the Rockets organization.  I found that to be somewhat disrespectful to the coach, the GM, the players and the fans.  The Rockets have been very patient with Tracy, and have not wanted to rush him back for fear of him re-injuring himself (exactly what happened last year).  Now that he's back, Coach Adelmann(sp?) started him off with 8 minutes/game and that was supposed to be the plan for at least 10 games or so.  From what I read, TMac was on board with this plan and trusted the coach to make the right decisions for the team.  5-6 games into his limited role, TMac couldn't stick to the plan and continued to push for more minutes.  I don't hold that against him.  That's what we want out of a player....the desire to get in there and help the team.  BUT, Adelmann didn't agree with this and told TMac that he wouldn't increase his minutes.  Coach didn't see enough out of Tracy to justify altering the team chemistry, which is working out pretty well so far.  The Rockets are now a motion offense rather than the isolation offense and 2-man game they used to run with Tracy and Yao.  When Tracy gets the ball, things stand still and wait of him to either shoot for the perimeter or drive.  Coach is unwilling to change what's been working so far this year and who can blame him.  If Tracy would have stuck to his end of the deal and let coach decide what's best, he would still be playing for us.  Instead, he wouldn't back down and was told that he could go on home until we figure out what to do with him. we are...waiting for the right deal to move Tracy, hopefully for a good wing/outside shooter and a big man who can crash the boards and eventually serve as a quality back-up to Yao.

No hard feelings Tracy.  I hope you do well wherever you go, but the Rockets have changed and you had your choice to either change with them, or seek employment elsewhere.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2010 12:02 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Screw T-Mac. I am an avid Rocket fanand all he brought to Houston was selfishness and a waste of cap space. The Rockets are doing the right thing by banning him. He has destroyed our team for too long. The chemistry this team has would be broken if he started playing. Rick has made the right decision by getting rid of him. He is damaged goods and has been for quite sometime. Don't get me wrong I was excited when we got him, but he has done nothing for us. I wish him the best just not with the Rockets. It is your opinion, but an incorrect one in my mind. You obviously do not watch the Rockets at all.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2010 10:25 am

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

this is great..just what the national bonehead association needs. 90% of the league are morons that don't understand how the world works. You are still an employee. Only difference is that your career is out there for the public. think it would be great for league PR that he makes the team..don't worry. Stern will develop a new rule to prevent him.  how about gilbert arenas? guns in his locker? this would be grounds for termination at any employer save for the military, police etc.  what a joke this league is. i used to get the package. no more, i don't even watch...the quality of the product is an abortion.  why support this league? it is the worst entertainment of the big 4....nascar 4 left turns is better than this...and that doesn't say much...

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 10:07 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Couldn't the same thing about the first round hyatus been said about kevin garnett before he became  a celtic oh maybe he got out once, but his greatness isn't questioned. Mcgrady is nothing short of an nba stud especially after he stole the spotlight from vince  carter in toronto even though both ultimately left. injuries happen and people should be more forgiving. Do you hate grant hill, bill walton, heck even zydrunas ilgauskis. These guys all went through stretches of injuries and went on to be productive in the nba after them. billl walton was injured came back won a title with the trailblazers was injured for a few more years and came back to win a title with the celtics. Haters never prosper let the man play. Shaquille oneal had injuries and came back and won a title with the heat. Hate him or love him tracy mcgrady has mad skills and will help some team a lot.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 9:23 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I agree lmao! Its called the all-star game for a reason, it features the games biggest stars and like it or not Tmac is still one of the most recognized players in the NBA. Besides it might improve Tmac's trade value. What if just to piss off the Rockets he goes out and dominates the NBA's best? Think about it, he may not be good now but by gametime he could be fully recovered and back to his normal self.

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