Tracy McGrady's selfishness paved the way for Magic's future su...

Apr 7, 2009 Read more: Orlando Sentinel 32
H opefully, while the Orlando Magic were playing in Houston on Tuesday night, they ran down Tracy McGrady and thanked him for giving up on the franchise five seasons ago. Read more
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anon

Seattle, WA

#1 Apr 8, 2009
When Tracy McGrady was with the Magic he was young and influenceable. He probably became selfish because he was influenced by a selfish organization - the Magic, an organization more concerned about building a 3rd local overpriced basketball arena then concerned about the local community. Dwight Howard is fortunately more influenced by his agents so the Magic organization hasn't been able to destroy his attitude. That may not last.
Ray

Spring, TX

#2 Apr 8, 2009
5 years later and you're still shining about McGrady? Geez, get over it already!
Ray

Spring, TX

#3 Apr 8, 2009
shining = whining
The REAL Truth

Apopka, FL

#4 Apr 8, 2009
anon. i believe you are the only t-mac defender left in all of orlando. CONGRATULATIONS!

you must not be a magic fan if you're whining while we have one of the best seasons that we have EVER had.
Rockets Tickets

Gloucester, VA

#5 Apr 8, 2009
Certainly, based on history, it would seem that McGrady is not worth worrying about. But as a Houston native, I know that when I buy my Rockets Tickets every year, I am supporting a team that will find a way -- because of injury, lethargy, clumsiness, ego, whatever -- to blow a great situation in the playoffs. In spite of that, I'm going to visit http://myticketin.com/Event.aspx... and get my playoff seats with the hope that a season like '94 or '95 happens again, because Houstonians love our teams no matter what and we prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Nothing like supporting our boys!
DEAD HORSE

Hilton Head Island, SC

#6 Apr 8, 2009
hey, what do you know, its the annual bash t-mac article from bianchi.

poor guy has written pretty much the same article the last 3 years

GET OVER IT

please keep this guy away from the magic. back to florida today for real reporting...
Ryan

Jersey City, NJ

#7 Apr 8, 2009
It would be so ironic for a T-macless Rockets team to face the Magic in the finals this year.
Jose

Chestnut Hill, MA

#8 Apr 8, 2009
Wow, talk about kicking a guy when he is down. Would you also like to thank Grant Hill for destroying his feet?
Raju

Clermont, FL

#9 Apr 8, 2009
In all fairness, it was Weisbrod's stubbornness that ultimately forced McGrady out. It was Weisbrod's beginner's luck that Dwight over the sure thing in Okafor turned out good. He got lucky, and I'm thankful, but to say this is on McGrady is a bit of a deception.
Jimmy

Orlando, FL

#10 Apr 8, 2009
Raju wrote:
In all fairness, it was Weisbrod's stubbornness that ultimately forced McGrady out. It was Weisbrod's beginner's luck that Dwight over the sure thing in Okafor turned out good. He got lucky, and I'm thankful, but to say this is on McGrady is a bit of a deception.
It was not beginners luck. Weisbrod had the final say in those matters, but Otis and Dave Twardzick (sp?) had a major influence on his decisions. Anybody in their right mind (besides Dickey V.) could see in one workout that Dwight was the right pick.
Jimmy

Orlando, FL

#11 Apr 8, 2009
Raju wrote:
In all fairness, it was Weisbrod's stubbornness that ultimately forced McGrady out. It was Weisbrod's beginner's luck that Dwight over the sure thing in Okafor turned out good. He got lucky, and I'm thankful, but to say this is on McGrady is a bit of a deception.
And it is completely on McGrady. Weisbrod would never have had to force him out if he worked hard and took a leadership role in the locker room. He was a cancer. Weisbrod's hand was forced.
KGB

Orlando, FL

#12 Apr 8, 2009
I disagree with Bianchi once again! That year Tmac averaged 28ppg 6rpg 5.5apg and 1.4spg! That year grant hill did not even play!(he played the year before and averaged 15/7/4 for 29 games which was helpful but disruptive). AND they traded out spark plug and leader D Armstrong that season and we ended up with T Lue. We also did not have Pat Garrity (knee surgery) who would hit some timely game-changing shots in those days and was good for 10ppg. TMac prob felt like he was playing his heart out without the organization making moves to improve. We can thank Grant Hill...who later bailed on us because he did not want to come off the bench. TMAC did way more for the franchise and gave us some excitement! We let him go and stuck by Grant Hill.
What you should thank him for is because of that losing season we were able to pick up D12 the next.
mike

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Apr 8, 2009
what is the point? incessant whining coming out of the orlando media is played out by now.

there's no reason to take any more shots at mcgrady that you already haven't. i'm no apologist for the guy, but he had a gm that was more interested in hockey. blame the organization, not one player.
Dave

Irvine, CA

#14 Apr 8, 2009
Mike Bianchi you are a joke. Its obvious that you are riding Dwight Howards jockstrap to the max. Tracy McGrady was not the problem, it was the managements. If they had not traded away key pieces to the team T-Mac would still be in the team along with Dwight and it would be a real contender. And stop saying this Orlando team is a champion contender because their record is a fluke. They will not make noise in the playoffs, and you can only hope your weak team gets another superstar to lift them over the hump. The T-Mac situation happened years ago and you still cant seem to move on. That is why everytime i read one of your articles i can expect you to ride someones jock and blame Tracy. You will always be a joke.
KGB

Orlando, FL

#16 Apr 8, 2009
Dave wrote:
Mike Bianchi you are a joke. Its obvious that you are riding Dwight Howards jockstrap to the max. Tracy McGrady was not the problem, it was the managements. If they had not traded away key pieces to the team T-Mac would still be in the team along with Dwight and it would be a real contender. And stop saying this Orlando team is a champion contender because their record is a fluke. They will not make noise in the playoffs, and you can only hope your weak team gets another superstar to lift them over the hump. The T-Mac situation happened years ago and you still cant seem to move on. That is why everytime i read one of your articles i can expect you to ride someones jock and blame Tracy. You will always be a joke.
I agree with what you say re: Bianchi...but the Magic's record isn't a fluke because we have improved over a good 52 win season from last year. Can't call that a fluke. I'm also glad we don't have Tmac because of all his injuries.

“I will care when it matters”

Since: Mar 09

Seattle Washington

#17 Apr 8, 2009
bianchi is a terrible writer....every article he does is either blaming somebody else for the magics struggles, or hating on an upcoming team...like he did with lebron and the cavs, tmac and the rockets and like he does everytime a former magic player comes to town...can you say UNEMPLOYMENT LINE bianchi?
coachretier

Palm Bay, FL

#18 Apr 8, 2009
Mike, like it or not T-mac was by far the best player on our team, at that time. We expected an awful lot of maturity from a young star player. We got little in return for T-mac, and the Magic's record reflected the poor management and decisions that have haunted the franchise since 1989. So, our poor record once again allowed us a good chance at a high pick and luck landed us the #1 pick again. So we drafted Howard. And you want to credit T-mac tongue in cheek for our current success. Sounds like twisted logic to me.
jason

El Cerrito, CA

#19 Apr 8, 2009
Tmac is the scoring champ twice with the magics and he averaged more than wade right now as well as iverson, kobe during their scoring champ days. When the next best player next to him is juwan howard, its a no brainer any superstar would want to be traded. Look at how kobe responded to his GM before the gasol trade. O BTW since you mentioned shaq, did Shaq bailing out on your team also helped you?
Tiffany

United States

#20 Apr 8, 2009
Tracy is not selfish,he dont have one selfish bone in his body,he makes his teamates better if anything
Joe Shafer

Sugar Land, TX

#21 Apr 9, 2009
As a Rockets fan I can also say look how much better our team has played since he shelved himself with the knee surgery. Hell we may actually make it out of the first round this year without him!!

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