Something that is very funny to me is that Tracy McGrady followed up his scoreless Finals appearance by immediately flying to China to play in one of those NBA Legends Tours. He is literally there right now, which is incredible because he was literally “playing” in the NBA Finals less than a week ago. Time flies when you’re a washed up basketball player, I suppose.
And even though that is a huge laugher, that Tracy McGrady was a part of the NBA’s second place team and the star of a team of misfit pros within the same week, T-Mac is also doing business out in China. He might not have gone there for that, but it still happened, as he somehow became the fake agent for high school star Aquille Carr in his old stomping grounds. From SLAM:
Aquille Carr’s professional career in China has begun. After posting 15 points and 8 assists in Chengdu followed by 9 points and 7 assists in Shenzhen against the Bayi Rockets during the USA Legends Tour, Carr was offered a contract in China for next season.
“How does it feel to have your first CBA contract offer?” Qingdao Double Star owner Max Shicanbin asked Carr.
Shocked, Carr said that he would have to talk with his agent. But Tracy McGrady stepped in and volunteered to assume the role, playing both sides of the fence with the owner of the club he played for until he joined the Spurs.
“We want stability,” McGrady said in his new role of player representative. “We also want a guaranteed contract and position on the team.”
So just to be clear, here is Tracy McGrady’s résumé from the past year or so.
- Bit player on Atlanta Hawks team who lost in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
- Completely out of the NBA with no suitors.
- Star of Chinese team, Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles, who finished in last place with a record of 8-24.
- Last man off the bench for the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.
- Headliner for NBA Legends Tour that features NBA legends such as Gary Payton and Bonzi Wells.
- Accidental agent for a high school kid who is choosing to play professionally overseas rather than at a university.
That is a weird 13 months, but at least T-Mac can say he’s getting some serious work experience before he eventually tries to coach, as retired players do. Which judging by his recent timeline should be Friday or Saturday.