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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: May 26, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:17 am

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

As a Bulls fan when I first heard the rumors of the Bulls possibly signing Tracy McGrady I was excited.  After the excitement started to wear off I started remembering things like how injury prone he is and how awful he was for the Knicks last year I started to become more and more skeptical about McGrady's possible signing.

I thought, maybe it would work out if he was healthier after working out in the offseason and if he was willing to accept the role of a reserve player here to provide a handful of quality minutes off the bench each night and also provide some veteran leadership.

Well it seems like Mr. McGrady thinks he is the missing piece.  Unfortunately, he's not.  Mr. Mcgrady, you are no longer a key offseason acquisition, you are a role player/roster filler.

When I heard him quoted talking about how him and Boozer are really going to help the Bulls I immediately decided in my own mind the Bulls are better off without him.

Move on Chicago, move on.  There are better fish in the ocean to fill your roster with.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:49 am

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

I agree!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:48 am

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

I don't think Mc Grady was a good idea in the first place! He stunk with the Knicks, so why would we think he could be better a year later with the Bulls? Move on!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:28 am

McGrady doubtful for Bulls

I used to like MxGrady. 13 years ago. The Bulls do not need an attitude. This is going to be a very good YOUNG team. Theyt need leadership. Not egotrips.

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