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McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 4:26 pm
T-Mac is pretty upset about his playing time in Atlanta. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

When Tracy McGrady signed with the Hawks before the season, he knew he wasn't going to be playing a prominant role. He knew that, much like in Detroit last season, he'd likely be coming off the bench and would likely be playing less minutes than he did earlier in his career.

Last season with the Pistons, he did a great job with it. He played his role, did his job and didn't say anything about it. But that was with him still actually having a real role with the team. With the Hawks, he's seen his time on the floor cut game after game, with him not playing at all after halftime against the Hawks Saturday.

And McGrady's had enough. So he let it all out, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I’m tired of this [bleep],” McGrady said. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”

McGrady has played in 26 of 32 games for Atlanta this season for an average of 18 minutes before Saturday’s game. Last season with Detroit McGrady averaged 23 minutes in 72 games.

As for the why, McGrady says coach Larry Drew hasn't given him a reason.

“If you don’t feel I can help, come tell me that,” McGrady said. “He ain’t told me nothing. I just want to help these guys win, man, which I know I can. But, damn, four minutes?”

Drew has previously used the excuse of wear and tear for limiting minutes, but McGrady says he's feels terrific and if he didn't, he'd say so and not play. If he's in uniform, he expects to play.

Does he want out? Under league rules, he's eligible to be traded on March 1. But he's not ready to go there yet.

“Hopefully, I’m here,” he said. “I like it here. I like the guys. That’s what I love most about it. I like the guys in this locker room. But at the same time, I still can play. No doubt in my mind.”

McGrady signed with the Hawks to help a playoff team hopefully contend. He expected to play a big role and get his time. He's frustrated and if Drew is saving him, that's got to be communicated. Otherwise, you're going to have a disgruntled veteran and that's not a good thing for a locker room to have to deal with.

The Hawks need McGrady because their depth has been challenged. The team isn't going anywhere, but if they're to stay in the Eastern playoff picture, they're going to rely on players like McGrady giving them good minutes. He's not psyched right now, and wasn't afraid to say so. You know Larry Drew has heard it, so we'll have to see if anything changes. If not, something might be happening March 1.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:34 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

This whiner should feel lucky to even be on an NBA roster...............on a team as good as the Hawks, he's a number 10 man on the roster.......never struck me as much of a team player

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:12 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

I remember him wanting out of Toronto because of Vince Carter getting most of the limelight. He plays the games for strictly himself. Last year he was just appreciative to be back in the NBA. Now that that feeling of return has gone, he wants to be the center again.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:00 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Lin, Nash and Dirk- these are the guys who deserve the press. TMAC- seriously?? What has he ever done in his career except waste his god given talent: another amazing athlete with nothing to show for it except a huge payday. Yet he still whines.

Teams must learn the answer to the holes in their lineup are young up and coming players, not old on the way out, entitled players that just can't get over themselves.

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:44 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Get over it T-mac your not as good as you were 6,7 years ago. Sure you should get AT LEAST 5 to 6 minutes more per game. So ultimately suck it up.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:27 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

sorry  T mac but you are pretty bad these days, stfu and take your role, lucky to be in the league still

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:46 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

boom, there is Kobe's backup at SG grab him for cheap, league veteran minimum Lakers!

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:46 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:32 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

McGrady is the poster child for crybaby NBA Gazillionaires who have contributed nothing to their teams, nothing to society, nothing to the game. Hopefully in a hundred years, historians will look back with shock at the fact that millions of hard working Americans, due to layoffs and greedy corporations, were losing their homes while a complete waste of oxygen like Tracy McGrady was constantly being handed enormous amounts of green to do nothing but complain. Trade him to Siberia.

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:27 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:19 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

I dont understand how YOU cant understand this? That boggles my mind. Some people actually enjoy what they do for a living.

Bulls***.   If McGrady was playing because he enjoys playing he would recognize he has limitations, would shut up and not be a distraction to his team.  If he enjoyed doing what he's doing he wouldn't be that angry getting less minutes, he would be appreciative of the chance to continue doing what he loves to do.

BUT, that's NOT why McGrady is in the NBA.  He's still playing because he was hoping he still had it, he was hoping he could have a big year and land one more big contract.

In today's sports world it's ALWAYS about the money..... don't ever forget that.

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