According to a report by Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Hawks forward Tracy McGrady is, well, less than pleased with the amount of playing time he has been receiving during his tenure with the Hawks, to put it nicely.
Following Saturday’s 20 point rout at the hands of a dangerous Portland Trail Blazers squad in which McGrady played 4:39, he had this to say during a postgame interview.
“I’m tired of this (bleep). You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a (bleep). “If you [Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew] don’t feel I can help, come tell me that. He ain’t told me nothing. I just want to help these guys win, man, which I know I can. But, damn, four minutes?”
On the surface this quote seems like a disgruntled McGrady just complaining about his status as an Atlanta Hawk, however McGrady has a right to be frustrated at Larry Drew. Now mind you, he should not have taken his feelings regarding this matter to the media, but the 32 year old does still have some value remaining in the tank.
Today, McGrady is well known for his rather lengthy injury history which includes multiple knee and shoulder injuries and that he has never played 82 games in his entire 15 year NBA career, rather than his ability to perform.
While McGrady is now a shell of his former perennial NBA All-Star self as a consequence of his bevy of injuries, he still has the ability make a positive impact on an NBA team if given the minutes to do so.
McGrady still has the ability to play decent defense and although he will not score 25-30 points per game like he did in the prime of his career, he still can score about 5-10 points a night and garner a few assists if given about 15-20 minutes per game or close to that mark.
The NBA veteran can provide some experience and depth to a rather thin team and he can definitely serve as a valuable component to an NBA team, including the Atlanta Hawks, if given the opportunity.