PLANS to bring newly-retired NBA star Tracy McGrady to Manila are being arranged just before the two-time former scoring champion flies to China for a possible second tour of duty with the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association late this year.
The 6-foot-8 McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday after 16 years that netted him two scoring titles, seven All-Star appearances and an assortment of injuries that slowed him down during the latter part of his colorful career.
Basketball player agent Sheryl Reyes said she is currently negotiating with McGrady’s American agents to bring in the former Houston Rocket and Orlando Magic superstar to Manila for a two or three-day visit that would include a fans day.
“If the deal we’re doing with Qingdao in China pushes through, there is a 95 percent chance that T-Mac will come over to Manila for a two or three-day visit. Medyo similar siya sa ginawa namin with Stephon
(Marbury) na nagkaroon ng fans day,” Reyes told Spin.ph.
Reyes, who handles a pool of PBA talents led by ABL Most Valuable Player Asi Taulava, Willie Miller, Harvey Carey, among others, believes McGrady’s visit could continue to boost the sport and inspire
the youth to pursue their basketball dream.
McGrady inked a one-year pact with the Qingdao quintet late in 2012 where he averaged 25.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 29 games. His team finished in last place in the
2012-2013 CBA season, limping to an 8-24 win-loss record.
McGrady first visited Manila in 2000 shortly after he was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Orlando Magic.
The Bartow, Florida native blossomed into a legitimate NBA superstar during his four-year stint with the Magic, winning two NBA scoring titles in 2003 and 2004, earning the Most Improved Player award and
being named to the All-NBA First team twice (2002-2003).
The Magic traded McGrady to Houston in 2004 where he was best remembered for scoring 13 points in 35 seconds to power the Rockets to an 81-80 come-from-behind win over the San Antonio Spurs.
He also played for the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, before winding up his NBA career with the Spurs this past season, where he came one win short of winning his first-ever NBA ring.
San Antonio bowed to the Miami Heat in seven games.