Tracy McGrady told reporters on Wednesday that he will consider retirement after the NBA Finals. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)
Spurs swingman Tracy McGrady told reporters on Wednesday that he will consider retirement after the NBA Finals. For McGrady, this is his first finals appearance since being selected No. 9 by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 draft.
McGrady, who turned 34 years old two weeks ago, has been used sparingly by head coach Gregg Popovich after signing with San Antonio days before the playoffs got underway in April. The seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion has played a total of 16 minutes so far in the three rounds leading up to Thursday's Game 1 against the Miami Heat.
After promising years with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets from 2000-2008, McGrady started to slow down because of nagging shoulder and knee surgeries. In May 2008, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his left shoulder and left knee and never returned to form; from the 2008-09 season to the 09-10 season, McGrady would appear in a total of just 65 games. In 2012, after brief stints with the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, McGrady signed a contract to play with the Qingdao Ducks in China.
Now back in the NBA, the 2012-13 season marks the first time in his career that he's playing in an NBA game despite having never suited up during the regular season.