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McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:51 am
Posted by Matt Moore

It seemed like such a fine idea. The Bulls need veteran scorers. Tracy McGrady is a veteran scorer that needs a team. The Bulls almost added him in the draft, and then again almost added him in free agency. Here's a chance for him to finish his career on the team. They need depth at wing. McGrady's willing to come off the bench. It seemed like such a fine idea.

Except for that pesky thing called reality.

Sam Smith of reports on McGrady's workout with the Chicago Bulls yesterday, and it did not go well. It should come as no surprise that McGrady has lost his explosiveness, but hearing the words "ordinary player" used to describe him has to damage the ego. What's worse, from Smith's report, it would seem that the biggest problem with McGrady was not his play, but the circus he brought with him.

McGrady followed the workout by talking at length about what he can bring to the team, how he can help the Bulls contend for a title. That assessment belies a continuing denial on the part of McGrady regarding his own impact on the floor. What's worse, McGrady told reporters that along with Carlos Boozer, he could help the Bulls win percentage improve by 30 points to .800. So, you know, just about 25 wins.

McGrady can contribute, but he's got to be honest about who he is and what he brings. He should talk about bringing leadership and consistency (without specifically referencing his own playoff resume which lacks both of those attributes). He should not set expectations or maek projections. But with the Bulls, according to Smith, it may already be too late. Smith says it's "doubtful" the Bulls sign McGrady.

The circus rolls on to the next town.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:35 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

 So BrooklynSquad you want to bring up stats?  Sam Cassell,rookie year,playoffs and stats.Cassell put the Rockets up 2 games to 1 by scoring  7 straight points in the final 32.6 seconds to seal the game 93-89.In case you can,t comprehend that .Its called a CLUTCH performance in the NBA Finals .No less,by a rookie, witch makes it even more impressive.Surprised No doubt Olijawan and Drexler were the true beasts of the squad but less talk about the guards from those championship years.93 and 94 Vernon Maxwell 38.3 mpg   4.2 assist pg   68%  fromthe stife and 13.8 ppg.Kenny Smith 30.3 mpg  4.1 assists  80% FT  10.8 ppg.Sam cassell 21.7 mpg    4.2assists   86% FT and 9.4 ppg.Mind you these are the playoff stats,WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS, and so you do the math.Sam Cassell surely made a signifigant contribution to that CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD and if you go off of the min.s per game it,s an even greater accomplishment.While I,m putting you in your place lets not forget the 94-95 campaign.C Drexler 38.6 mpg 78% FT  20.5 ppg     &n
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sp;     S Cassell 22    mpg 83% FT  11    ppg                                                                                                                                                K Smith   29.6 mpg 90% FT  10.8 ppg                                                                                                                                                V Maxwell 16   mpg  only 1 FT in playoffs 3 ppg                                                         An even better Sophmore playoff performance.You do the math.Wink   And next time you want to pop-off try doing some homework.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          P.S Eddie House is a BUM!    

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:55 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Rassclott: good point: great list!

Actually could be lost a step or two or three list.

I do think Jermaine Oneil could put in a good year. His role in Boston will be limited to cover for Perkins until healthy, be another solid big to throw at opponents and put in a solid few minutes once Perkins is back.

So Jermaine may be the one asset on your list who could work out in my opinion.

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:29 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Here are the Lost a Step free agents for 2010:

Allan Iverson
Tracy McGrady
Shaq O'Neal
Jermaine O' Neal
Brad Miller
Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:09 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

As a knick fan, I was happy to see McGrady play his game quietly. I think the media is making up this hype. I think McGrady could be a great contributor to any playoff team. He didn't bring the circus, the circus followed him. He was a humble role player for the Knicks last season who didn't complain about their non-winning ways. The Bulls would be smart to offer him some kind of contract. 

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:09 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Kitch, you really are making very little sense.  An "old 29". so what it is like he is 31?!  Next thing, the NBA season starts before Boozer turns 29!  Next thing, some would argue that Boozer has had less wear and tear on his body than he would have if he would have played 7 straight seasons of 80+ games.  Next thing, if you are arguing that injuries cause the body more wear and tear, Wade has had 3 injury riddled seasons in his career also including back to back 51 game seasons.  Next thing, if you don't think the Bulls improved this offseason, you are the only one!  Read any newspaper or go to any sports internet site and read any NBA analysts recap of the offseason and they all think the Bulls did great.  Next thing, Miami(most likely), Orlando(maybe but maybe not), Boston(probably not but maybe) and Atlanta(no chance) will be better than the Bulls.

Last thing, if what you mean by saying that Chicago will regret signing Boozer is that Chicago will hate having a guy that averages 20 and 10, then I agree with you.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:08 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

So you liked him when he was an 18 year old rookie scoring 7.0 points per game?  Let me guess, your favorite player was Eddie House this past season right?!

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:33 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

     Although Sam Cassell is Ugly as heck possibly a body double for the He is way more worthy than the comparison you gave him with T-Mac.Sam Cassell is a 3 time,count em,3 time NBAChampion.He was an intricate part of the 1994 and 95 HOUSTON ROCKETS.I remeber watching those playoff/Championship games and Cassell was clutch in many of those key games in the playoffs.Cassell also has a championship with the 08' Celtics to boot.T-Mac cant hold the "PREDATORS jock-strap!

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:04 pm


As a Bucks fan I have to say I was disappointed that he DIDN'T sign with the bulls. He hasn't scored or played well in general the last few years (seems longer than that though) and nothing would help the Bucks chances more than having the Bulls spend too much money on a player most teams don't want, tends to get unjured, and costs more than he's worth. O well though, it should be a good battle for the division anyway. Maybe they should find Stephon Marbury and get him on the team

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:03 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Well said Jim. T Mac is one of those flair guys that played with a level of hype surrounding him, but probably never met his true potential. A ton of these guys have come into the league in the past 10-15 years just to wash up and be discusses in regards to being a "cagey veteran".. These players are rarely leaders. Guys like T mac, Vince Carter, you might even include a Juwan Howard, Micheal Finley, Antoine Walker.. great potential that amounted to normal run of the mill players ending their careers in a less then spectacular form bouncing through 6 teams in as many years or leaving under other circumstances. Take another Houston Rocket name... not as talented but equally as self absorbed.. Sam Cassel..   None of these guys seemed to have the all out heart and commitment consistently t
o be great.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:49 pm

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

Though Wade is only three months younger than Boozer, Carlos' body has a lot more wear and tear. During his tenure with Utah, he has had years where he played in 51, 33 games, and played in only 37 games as recent as 2008-09. By the time the season starts he'll be 29 years old, but it will be an old 29. Trust me, the Bulls will regret signing Boozer.

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