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McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 4:26 pm
T-Mac is pretty upset about his playing time in Atlanta. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

When Tracy McGrady signed with the Hawks before the season, he knew he wasn't going to be playing a prominant role. He knew that, much like in Detroit last season, he'd likely be coming off the bench and would likely be playing less minutes than he did earlier in his career.

Last season with the Pistons, he did a great job with it. He played his role, did his job and didn't say anything about it. But that was with him still actually having a real role with the team. With the Hawks, he's seen his time on the floor cut game after game, with him not playing at all after halftime against the Hawks Saturday.

And McGrady's had enough. So he let it all out, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I’m tired of this [bleep],” McGrady said. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”

McGrady has played in 26 of 32 games for Atlanta this season for an average of 18 minutes before Saturday’s game. Last season with Detroit McGrady averaged 23 minutes in 72 games.

As for the why, McGrady says coach Larry Drew hasn't given him a reason.

“If you don’t feel I can help, come tell me that,” McGrady said. “He ain’t told me nothing. I just want to help these guys win, man, which I know I can. But, damn, four minutes?”

Drew has previously used the excuse of wear and tear for limiting minutes, but McGrady says he's feels terrific and if he didn't, he'd say so and not play. If he's in uniform, he expects to play.

Does he want out? Under league rules, he's eligible to be traded on March 1. But he's not ready to go there yet.

“Hopefully, I’m here,” he said. “I like it here. I like the guys. That’s what I love most about it. I like the guys in this locker room. But at the same time, I still can play. No doubt in my mind.”

McGrady signed with the Hawks to help a playoff team hopefully contend. He expected to play a big role and get his time. He's frustrated and if Drew is saving him, that's got to be communicated. Otherwise, you're going to have a disgruntled veteran and that's not a good thing for a locker room to have to deal with.

The Hawks need McGrady because their depth has been challenged. The team isn't going anywhere, but if they're to stay in the Eastern playoff picture, they're going to rely on players like McGrady giving them good minutes. He's not psyched right now, and wasn't afraid to say so. You know Larry Drew has heard it, so we'll have to see if anything changes. If not, something might be happening March 1.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:10 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

TMAC has been real classy all season long and has played very well while in the game.  He was a bit frustrated with that game and his limited minutes..and that is all this is.  Media loves to make something of nothing...they think that is their job.  This is nothing...this is journalism bull....and isn't worth reading.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:29 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

In trying to understand from McGrady's perception I could see that he expected to play the role played by Jamal Crawford the last two30 years. Crawford played over 30 min/game each of those years. Playing Saturday against Nicolas Batum and Gerald Wallace (and also Wesley Matthews) McGrady had three tough defenders and was ineffective. It happens.

But none of those things suggest they will get better with whining about them. There is never a time to trash the team or the coach because you fail to be effective. The coach is charged with winning. He will play those players who give him the best chance of winning. we like to think that players agree with that philosophy. All too often they succumb to personal agendas. But learn from Juwan Howard. Like McGrady, Howard was a team star playing 30+ min/game for 14 years. Then he dropped to 26 and then to 7 minutes per game. He kept his attitude strong and has played six more years, mostly because of his leadership and locker room presence. McGrady could do that. I hope he does.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:10 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Perfect example of how selfish this guy really is.  I had different thouoghts about him when ORL traded him to Houston back in the day.  Slowly but surely everything he said started with " I ".  This guy is done and needs to hang it up.

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:46 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:37 am

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

McGrady doesn't know WE ARE tired of him...


Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:25 am

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Somebody tell this guy he is no Jeremy Lin.

Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:12 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

the dude still thinks its 2004

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:06 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

Would anybody in here dissing him want to sit the bench over playing. Maybe the ones working at Walmart would since it is a step above what they are doing. He wants to play plain and simple. I say either give him the mins. and let him really show what he can do or trade him to somebody that will.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:05 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

what did this reporter do find him at the bar after the game drunk? cause that is the only reason he should be saying this shit to be honest i did not know he was in the nba anymore thought he retired. he had alot of upside to be one of the best but he was soft and choked in big games be happy tracy that you make great money my man

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:18 pm

McGrady on playing time: 'I'm tired of this s--'

he needs tp go play w/ Iverson

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