NBA player takes his talents to China
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
In his prime, Tracy McGrady was two-time NBA scoring champion, dunking on dudes on a regular basis.
Now in the twilight of his career at the age of 33, T-Mac has opted to take his aging basketball talents to China to finish his career.
The seven-time NBA all-star announced on Wednesday that he’s headed to play for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association via his website with a post titled, “Goodbye NBA, Hello China.”
Although multiple Chinese media outlets are reporting the one-year contract is worth $1 million.
McGrady, who last played for the Atlanta Hawks and saw his career production dwindle due to multiple injuries, expressed excitement to play in China, but treated his departure to the NBA as a farewell.
As I enter this next chapter, I am excited to play for Qingdao Eagles in China,” McGrady wrote on his website. “I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country. It will be an honor to play for them. Thank you to every fan that has followed me and believed in me. Injuries and all, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I am proud of the mark I left on this game and am grateful to have been a part this league. It was a dream to play in front of all of you, each night, in every stadium. Thank you.”
McGrady will be one of the highest profile players in the CBA, particularly because he played with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming during their days with the Houston Rockets.