Happy Birthday to Tracy McGrady | 5 Favorite T-Mac Moments
May 24, 2014 – Happy Birthday to Sugarland Skeeter Tracy McGrady, who worked 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with four walks in his second regular-season outing on Thursday night.
I wish him nothing but success in his new career and enjoy being able to watch all of his games since the Skeeters literally play across the street from my home, but as a T-Mac fan since the day he appeared in the Punks section of Slam Magazine as a high school kid ready to make the jump that Kobe did a year before, seeing these games just doesn’t touch the satisfaction of watching him put up arguably the most underrated offensive numbers in the last 14 years – especially in Orlando where he once averaged over 32 points a game.
I’m not taking anything away from Kevin Durant, but I’ve been pretty vocal and critical of the media’s praising of KD’s 25 points a game streak this season that KD himself didn’t think was a big deal. During one of my responses to the streak, I brought up T-Mac’s 2002/2003 season when he averaged 32 a game and put together this streak of impressive games that ended with a 12 point game vs the Mavs.
52, 46, 34, 28, 26, 48, 37, 43, 43, 32, 34, 36, 39, 37, 34, 41, 30, 39, 30, 12
I’m not saying this streak was better or worse than any stretch of KD’s streak this season, but I’m just saying there’s been plenty of great offensive stretches in the past that aren’t remembered and T-Mac was one of the great players to have one of those great stretches.
Here’s 5 other T-Mac moments that I remember very well and would like to share on T-Mac’s birthday.
T-MAC AND ARENAS SHOOTOUT AT HURRICANE CHARITY GAME
I was lucky to have a near front row seat for this game.
T-MAC 13 POINTS IN 15 SECONDS
The best last minute comeback I’ve ever witnessed.
T-MAC POSTERIZES SHAWN BRADLEY
McGrady’s best dunk and probably best dunk on Bradley.
T-MAC OFF THE BACKBOARD DUNKS
T-MAC’S LETTER TO MICHAEL JORDAN
In 2004, I also made this pretty bizarre tribute to McGrady (as well as the film Kill Bill) and 10 years later it remains the most bizarre tribute to T-mac on the web.