Every time I asked a general manager implicated in a Ponzi-like scam to acquire Tracy McGrady, the general manager reacted as though I were insane. I'd say, hey, it wasn't me who reported that.
Now we know why the GMs reacted with astonishment to T-Mac rumors. McGrady told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Tuesday night that he's done for the year and will need microfracture surgery on his ailing left knee.
Of course, it was prematurely reported last week that McGrady was out for the year, so it's best to wait for the official word from Rockets GM Daryl Morey.
UPDATE: Or, official word from T-Mac, who just made the announcement in his blog. "I’ve met with numerous doctors and gotten a number of opinions, and unfortunately, I will be undergoing microfracture surgery on my left knee immediately," McGrady wrote. "Microfracture surgery is a serious procedure, but I’m confident that I will be able to return next season with the same strength and explosiveness you are all used to seeing from me."
Earlier Tuesday, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander asserted that McGrady wouldn't be traded before Thursday's deadline, but reiterated what Morey was saying in Phoenix during All-Star weekend -- that results of second and third opinions on McGrady's knee would be back sometime this week.
UPDATE: But it was news to the Rockets, who are none too pleased that McGrady announced his plans to have surgery without consulting with the team.
"There should be a protocol, there should be a procedure where we have a chance to sit down and talk about the situation and not be announced in the press," Rockets coach Rick Adelman told reporters Wednesday. "I don't know why that happened, why he did that. Certainly, that is not the way things should be handled."