FAMOUS for scoring 13 points in 33 seconds in an NBA game, Tracy McGrady is now being recognized for his career achievements.
McGrady, a two-time NBA scoring champion, will be inducted to the 2017 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” McGrady told NBA.com on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
“You’re talking about going into a class of greatness. Legendary. This is forever. It doesn’t matter how many playoff games you lost. What you didn’t accomplish. None of that matters. It’s what I did do. What I did accomplish over my career. To be honored with this prestigious award is phenomenal.”
The high-scoring forward retired in 2013 after playing in the NBA for 15 seasons after coming out of high school. He will be inducted with 10 others in September in Springfield, Mass.
McGrady averaged at least 24 points for seven straight seasons. He tallied 19.6 points per game with the Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks, Pistons and Hawks. He is a seven-time All-Star and a member of seven All-NBA teams.
At a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona, McGrady talked about being vindicated after a pro career in which his scoring ability failed to translate to success in the playoffs, particularly as a franchise player for the Houston Rockets.
“I was always the underdog. Never really had a championship-contender team. I fell lots throughout my career in the playoffs. This is not about being good. This is not about being great. This is about being with greatness. Greatness for your entire career and being honored for that greatness. With greatness, right?," McGrady said.
"This is elite. It doesn’t matter how many championships. Anybody can be a champion. But everybody can’t be in the Hall of Fame. This is it. This is my championship.”