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Tracy McGrady: I Haven't Felt This Good In A Long Time

Tracy McGrady, who earlier this week helped the Atlanta Hawks topple the previously undefeated Miami Heat, said his legs feel better than they have in years, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“It feels good,” McGrady told the paper. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had that feeling. My legs feel fresh. Everything just feels good. It feels right. That’s a good sign. I haven’t felt this good in a long time, probably since the beginning of my knee injury.”

McGrady is serving as the sixth man on the 4-2 Hawks team this season, a role in which he hopes will allow him to regain relevance in the league after a series of knee injuries tremendously derailed his career. Through six games this season the former All-Star has averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in limited playing time. He has also shot 51.2% from the field, and an alarming 80% thus far from three-point range.

The 30-year-old was once the game’s best scorer. From 2000 to 2007 McGrady averaged at least 24 points per game or more, and in 2002-03 and 2003-04 he led the league in scoring. In his prime, he was named to seven All-Star teams in seven years.

McGrady, however, has played in just 143 games out of 252 potential contests in the past four years due to various knee injuries which took much of the explosion out of his game. The former superstar has not averaged 10-or-more points per game since the 2008-09 season when he averaged 15.6 points per contest in just 35 games played.

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