After undergoing season-ending knee surgery during the 08-09 season with the Houston Rockets, Tracy McGrady’s career never recovered. The McGrady that NBA fans can most identify with is one who filled up the basket night-in and night-out, abusing NBA defenses who tried to contain him. But after the 2009 knee surgery, McGrady’s career hit a tail-spin, failing to post double digits in scoring in a season for the remainder of his career. It was a screeching halt to a potent run for McGrady, who even ended up playing a year with the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association during the 2012-2013 season.
After officially retiring from the NBA in August of 2013, McGrady has been mostly irrelevant except for appearances at Jay-Z concerts in Houston and for his questionable suit choices. So while the McGrady we once knew has come and gone, he may be resurrected to relevance through another career opportunity: Professional baseball. That’s right, reports indicate that T-Mac has been working out as a pitcher, effectively hitting 90 + mph on radar guns. It has even been stated that he has been doing work on the mound with none other than Roger Clemens.
While it’s difficult to predict if McGrady’s baseball career will gain any traction, it’s a clear advantage to potentially be fast-tracked by having a prominent name and being a superstar from another sport. The 34-year-0ld might not latch on with a Major League roster anytime soon, but combine 90 + mph fastballs with being Tracy McGrady and he could easily land in an independent baseball league at some point this winter.