It has been a long time since Tracy McGrady was really Tracy McGrady. He hasn’t played more than 66 games since 2007. He hasn’t made 40 percent of his shots since 2008. His scoring average has dropped every season since 2007 and last year he was happy to play for the Knicks. It’s been a rough few years for the one-time superstar.

However, if you listen to McGrady, he says he’s ready to be himself again. From the Detroit Free Press:

McGrady, 31, said he believes he can help the Pistons bounce back from the disappointments of last season while silencing some critics who think he’s done.

“I want to prove the doubters wrong — (saying) that you can’t play anymore, and this and that,” McGrady said. “It’s been some time that my body has felt the way it is.”

McGrady said he’s raring to go Wednesday if called upon.

“I’ll be myself,” he said. “I’m sure that’s what they want me to be. They didn’t pay me to change my game or take a backseat.”

No offense to Tracy McGrady who seems like a chill bro who is down to do great things for charity, but the reason the Bulls passed you up is because you didn’t want to take a backseat. I’m not privy to the internal workings of the Detroit Pistons, but I have a hard time believing that they think the key to rebuilding is an old former scoring champ who hasn’t had a decent season in years. Seriously, no offense.

Furthermore, I have a hard time trusting McGrady about his body when the majority of the latter part of his career has been spent telling people that he feels better than he’s felt in years. Maybe he does feel great, but that’s only because he’s comparing himself to himself, which is confusing but makes sense when you consider that McGrady has had every injury imaginable over the course of the past few seasons. I will believe it when I see it, and I do not believe that I will see it.

Then again, if Tracy McGrady miraculously regains his All-NBA form, then the Pistons got themselves a steal and I will eat my computer with sriracha.