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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.
Comments

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:12 pm
 

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

Where is T Macs biy Whoosh who is always bashing Kobe?  T Mac STFU you suck!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:45 pm
 

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

He's made 150 million dollars in his career, still young as hell to enjoy his life yet doesn't wanna stop playing in the NBA.  I dont understand these guys, I can't understand players past their prime that made that kind of money who don't stop playing.  Don't they have lives off the court?


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



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:35 pm
 

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

He's made 150 million dollars in his career, still young as hell to enjoy his life yet doesn't wanna stop playing in the NBA.  I dont understand these guys, I can't understand players past their prime that made that kind of money who don't stop playing.  Don't they have lives off the court?
It's very easy to say, man. Picture what McGrady (and just about all professional athletes, for that matter) has in his mind. He has played basketball his entire life. He grew up dreaming of playing in the NBA and worked his butt off to make it his livelihood. He's not an idiot; he knows he doesn't even have a tenth of the ability he once did, but because of how much he has dedicated his life to the sport, it has to be tough for him to let go.

It's easy for us to sit here and say "yeah, he has money and isn't effective anymore, so why doesn't he just retire and enjoy the rest of his life?," but you have to take into consideration his love for the game and what it would mean for him to never set foot on an NBA court again as a player. That's gotta sting.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:12 pm
 

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

T Mac doesnt even have a leg to stand on, he's not productive when his out there anyway, and he want to complain about playing time. He needs to pull a Jeremy Lin next time he hits the court, and maybe then he'll get some minutes, until then the can play that little violin that plays only sad songs.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:09 pm
 

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

the guy made over 40 million the past couple years,
for SUCKING beyond belief.

and he's COMPLAINING ?!

He's made 150 million dollars in his career, still young as hell to enjoy his life yet doesn't wanna stop playing in the NBA.  I dont understand these guys, I can't understand players past their prime that made that kind of money who don't stop playing.  Don't they have lives off the court? 



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:04 pm
 

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

Who cares...it's T-Mac and it's Atlanta. What does that mean? First round exit! Was it supposed to be McGrady helping the Hawks out of the first round or The Hawks helping him out of the frist round? Am so confused. Either way, their not gonna do much. I'm surprised that T-Mac and Vin-sanity(Carter)...(ya that's right, someone else used that stupid nicname before LIN-Sanity) didn't decide to hook up and take another franchise down together.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:54 pm
 

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

the guy made over 40 million the past couple years,
for SUCKING beyond belief.

and he's COMPLAINING ?!





Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:51 pm
 

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

Royce Young wrote:

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.

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I'm not sure things in Detroit with him or the team dynamic were all that great last year. 

The Pistons, as a team, were in turmoil last February, to the point that the coach felt compelled to play only six players in a game in Philadelphia in February, as five others missed all or part of a previous shoot around.  And the coach, John Kuester, ended up getting fired at the end of the year.  The coach got kicked out of the blowout loss against Philadelphia, with some guys smirking on the bench after the ejection.  Jarebko was injured most of the year, the team dynamic was a mess at times later in the season, and it wasn't really a great situation.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:29 pm
 

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

WAAAAAHHHHHH!



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

When somebody throws you a bone they don't need to hear if it tasted good or not. The Hawks tossed McGrady a bone by giving him a job instead of the scrap heep where he should be and now he shoots his yap off like he is Magic. Would it surprise anybody if old Trace ends up in a 6 x 8 with three squares a day?   


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