Tracy McGrady isn’t ready for his NBA playing days to be over.
The seven-time all star has been working out in hopes of an NBA comeback, though so far the response from teams has been tepid.
The former All-Star last played for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 season, which ended in a heartbreaking defeat in the NBA Finals at the hands of the Miami Heat. McGrady was aging and worn down by injuries at the end of his career, but reports now indicate that he is getting back into playing shape with hopes of returning to the league.
Tracy McGrady talked about his comeback hopes with Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, saying that he’s been working out with Kobe Bryant.
“Yes, I was working out with [Kobe Bryant] to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email.
It’s not clear if there would be much interest for McGrady. At least two teams were reportedly contacted this summer about bringing him on board, but neither were terribly interested.
Even if he doesn’t come back to the NBA, it’s clear that Tracy McGrady is getting antsy to compete again. He gave baseball a shot this summer, trying out as a pitcher with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League.
News of the baseball comeback was announced by Jeff Van Gundy, who noted that the Skeeters have a knack for picking up big-name players.
“I’ve heard from sources in Houston – seriously – that he’s throwing over 90 miles per hour,” Van Gundy said. “The Sugar Land Skeeters – Roger Clemens pitched for them last year, it was awesome.”
Tracy McGrady could have another hitch in his NBA comeback plans. He has committed to a goodwill basketball tour in China this October, just when team training camps are starting. It may be McGrady’s plan to skip training camp or the early part of the season, joining a team in the late stretch of the year when his experience could be a bonus.