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Tracy McGrady Announces Retirement After 16 Year NBA Career

Tracy McGrady is folding up the warm-ups/jersey and is officially announcing his retirement after a stellar and sometimes injury plagued 16 year NBA career. The 34 year old has battled injuries for a majority of his career, but when he was on the floor he scored at will and really put on a show. During his prime, he was regarded as an All-Star, but many uttered some different words as injuries really never let him bloom to his full potential.

Drafted ninth overall in 1997 out of high school by the Toronto Raptors, McGrady spent a majority of his career bouncing around. McGrady retires with career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game.

“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love. I’ve had a great run but it’s time for it to come to an end,” McGrady said.

This season was the first in which McGrady made it out of the first round of the NBA playoffs, thanks to seven-game first-round series losses in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He played twice in the 2013 Finals loss to the Miami Heat, not scoring any points in 14 minutes, 22 seconds of action at the end of blowouts. He was not under contract with any team for next season.

Many are wondering what is next for Tracy McGrady… the writers at NoFlopping.com believe he will take a front office position or transition into a coach for an NBA team.

During his announcement on ESPN’s First Take he did let viewers know, “the “door’s still open to him playing overseas.”

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About Anthony Fernandez

Anthony Fernandez has been a NBA Sports Writer for the past 7 years working with his work featured on sites like RealGM, Yahoo! Sports, HoopsHype, TerezOwens and AthletePromotions.

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