Slam Dunk: Tracy McGrady Lands NBA Front Office Gig

NBA legend (high praise for a 38-year-old) Tracy McGrady has been tapped by the Orlando Magic as a special assistant to the CEO. McGrady spent some of his prime years with the magic, including the ’02-’03 season where he won his first NBA scoring title.

Tracy McGrady was a scoring machine and one the NBA’s marquee players during the early 2000s. His name still rings bells around the league; if McGrady’s on-court sauce translates to the front office, the Magic will have made a savvy hire in T-Mac.

McGrady was drafted straight out of high school, ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA Draft. The following year, the Raptors drafted Vince Carter, who is McGrady’s actual cousin. The two got along famously…to start.

“They say they’re cousins… But Siamese twins is more like it.”

Dee Brown, Toronto Raptors teammate

The Raptors rode Carter and McGrady to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history following the 1999-2000 season, but the pair’s relationship soured. Bad blood. To get away from Vince Carter, McGrady decided to sign with the Orlando Magic (he and Carter reconciled shortly after).

McGrady spent four extremely productive years in Orlando, leading the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons before joining the Houston Rockets for the ’04-05 season. He still holds the record in Orlando for most points in a single game; he dropped 62 on the Wizards in ’04.

Adidas gave him his own signature shoe line. For a few years, he was the guy for Adidas.

He never won an NBA championship, but T-Mac left an indelible mark on the league. 6’8, 210 lbs, McGrady was as smooth as he was explosive. His laid back demeanor made everything he did look effortless. One time he fell asleep in the locker room, woke up right before tip-off, and went off for 41 points. They called him “The Big Sleep” after that; a great nickname, all things considered.

Post-retirement,he worked with Roger Clemens to become a minor league pitcher for the Sugarland Skeeters so he could cross “pro baseball” off his bucket list. He’s also worked for ESPN as a basketball analyst, but now he’s taking his talents (back) to Orlando, hopefully to recapture the Magic he found there during the prime of his playing career.

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