Magic to honor Tracy McGrady on opening night
Orlando set to commemorate former star's prolific time on struggling team against Pelicans on November 1st.
The prodigal free agent is coming home, for a night at least.
Tracy McGrady, whose best years came in a frustrating but brilliant stretch with the Orlando Magic from 2001 to 2004, will be honored at the team's home opener vs. the Pelicans on November 1st. McGrady will be honored at half-court and be on the local broadcast doing color commentary.
McGrady retired in August after 15 seasons in the NBA. He finished as a bench player for the Western Conference Champion Spurs last season following a stint in China.
In an MVP-caliber year for a Magic team beset with bad injury luck (Grant Hill) and poor talent, McGrady averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists with a 30.3 PER in 2003. A subsequent trade to Houston in 2005 was supposed to usher in an era of contention in his prime next to Yao Ming, but the two stars could never stay healthy enough.
It's cool that the Magic chose to open their 25th anniversary season with McGrady, though Shaquille O'Neal is clearly the bigger star in franhise history, along with Penny Hardaway. You'd have to put McGrady third there, ahead of even Dwight Howard, however. The press release also doesn't indicate a jersey retirement for McGrady's No. 1 jersey. Whether the jersey will ever be retired by Orlando is an interesting question.
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