HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Hall of Fame week always reminds us of a seemingly endless debate we have here at the hideout about the worthiness of some of the game’s current stars and whether or not they’ll one day end up in Springfield.
One of those stars we talk about often is Tracy McGrady, who at one point earlier in his career seemed like he would be a lock for the hallowed halls of the Naismith Memorial. That view isn’t quite as clear these days. The journeyman nature of his career the past few years has made the argument for McGrady a bit tougher.
The news that McGrady might be working out for the Charlotte Bobcats, courtesy of Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, who insists that the rumblings are strictly “informal and exploratory,” makes you wonder if there really is still a viable market for faded stars of his ilk?
Unlike some others from his generation, injuries and various other issues have prevented McGrady from settling into the twilight of his career as a franchise staple.
Reports that Allen Iverson is considering a move to China to play if he can’t find a team in the NBA willing to give him look is another reminder that not every superstar career has a fairy tale ending.
Iverson, who has already played in Turkey, has perhaps the best perspective and understanding of how dramatically things can change from highest of highs for some NBA superstars to the long road back to the league once you’ve lost your way. He’s desperate for another shot and is willing to go the other side of the world to play if he can’t find a place here, as this Netease Sports report (translated) makes clear:
“I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can’t get back there, I’m hoping to play ball here (in China). China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like ‘Hey, we really need you.'”
Makes you wonder if there is any NBA team out there willing to say the same about either McGrady or Iverson?