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mary
01-08-2006, 09:55 PM
HOUSTON -- Houston star Tracy McGrady left Sunday night's game against Denver with a recurrence of severe back spasms.

Tracy McGrady
Guard-Forward
Houston Rockets

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
23 25.9 7.0 5.1 41.684 75.980

The 6-foot-9 McGrady, who missed eight games earlier in the season because of back spasms, missed a deep jumper near the top of the key in the final seconds of the first half. He started backpedalling, stopped abruptly, bent over and crumpled to the floor, screaming in pain as the buzzer sounded.

McGrady was lifted onto a stretcher and rolled off the floor, surrounded by several team officials and owner Les Alexander. An ambulance took McGrady to the hospital.

The Rockets are already missing their other star, Yao Ming, who's out at least another month after surgery to remove an infection from his left big toe.

Guards Rafer Alston and Jon Barry recently returned from leg injuries and Derek Anderson remains sidelined with a calf strain. The backcourt trio has missed a total of 45 games this season.

McGrady had topped 30 points in Houston's last five games. He had 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting in the first half against Denver.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2285167

Murphy3
01-08-2006, 10:14 PM
Too bad it wasn't Kobe.

sike
01-09-2006, 11:30 AM
Too bad it wasn't Kobe.
at first I laughed at this....then I felt bad.....then I laughed again....

EricaLubarsky
01-09-2006, 11:47 AM
I echo Sike's feelings except that Im a bad person and I didnt feel bad

snoop
01-10-2006, 05:34 PM
love tmac and feel bad for him

kriD
03-08-2006, 08:36 AM
McGrady aggravated back Sunday against Portland

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Back problems have sidelined Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady again.

McGrady was scratched from the lineup Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after aggravating his back problems against Portland on Sunday night.

McGrady left in the third quarter due to recurring problems with his back and did not return. McGrady, who had 18 points before leaving with 1:29 remaining in the third.

He was listed as a game-time decision Tuesday, but Keith Bogans started in his place.

The Rockets are 2-13 without McGrady, who is averaging 24.6 points, in the lineup.

Five-ofan
03-08-2006, 08:42 AM
How does someone so young and so athletic have such bad back problems?

Thespiralgoeson
03-08-2006, 06:24 PM
Fortunately for T-Mac, Houston won't make the playoffs. He needs to take the entire summer off and see if he can't recover. Back injuries are scary, could ruin his career if he's not careful.

dude1394
03-08-2006, 10:28 PM
In my opinion he is done. He'll continue to be a talent but a team will never be able to count on him being there. It's a shame, but that's my feelings about it.

Five-ofan
03-08-2006, 10:34 PM
He has had the exact same problems before.

Drbio
03-08-2006, 10:46 PM
How does someone so young and so athletic have such bad back problems?


Chronic back injuries are exacerbated by continuous physical exertion. He probably injured it in the past and failed to take the proper amount of time to heal. Once that trend starts it is a slippery slope to recovery. He may be at a point where his back will never heal properly.

jayC
03-09-2006, 12:06 PM
T-Mac is a top five talent when he is healthy. The problem is he is hardly ever healthy. Yao has been a beast since the break. If Yao finally figured it out. Houston is a dangerous team next season. The Rockets still need a point and an athletic three to go with Yao and McGrady.

dalmations202
03-09-2006, 01:22 PM
The Rockets still need a point and an athletic three to go with Yao and McGrady.
Why an athletic three? Why not use McGrady as the athletic three, and get a pure shooter for the SG. Then you can play the inside/out with Yao/SG with a pentrating/defensive PG, and use McGrady offside for cutting/slashing. Then Swift becomes a useful offside pick/inside finisher. You could also utilize Yao in the high/low game with his skills with the SG spotted up, and Swift/McGrady cutting/slashing.

IMO, they need a defensive minded PG who can penetrate, and a defensive minded SG who can shoot the three efficiently. Of course depth at all the positions would be nice as well.

MavKikiNYC
03-09-2006, 02:32 PM
Grant Hill's ankle.

T-Mac's back?

Man, what should've been a slam dunk for Orlando turned into an airball.

orangedays
03-09-2006, 05:49 PM
Why an athletic three? Why not use McGrady as the athletic three, and get a pure shooter for the SG. Then you can play the inside/out with Yao/SG with a pentrating/defensive PG, and use McGrady offside for cutting/slashing. Then Swift becomes a useful offside pick/inside finisher. You could also utilize Yao in the high/low game with his skills with the SG spotted up, and Swift/McGrady cutting/slashing.

IMO, they need a defensive minded PG who can penetrate, and a defensive minded SG who can shoot the three efficiently. Of course depth at all the positions would be nice as well.

Good post, what Houston needs is a PG with footspeed and lateral quickness who can also take some of the rock-handling pressure off of T-Mac (Rafer was supposed to fit that mold but his injury has made it difficult to gauge his effectiveness, though his ability to create has been disappointing thus far). The Rockets would be absolutely disgusting if they could find themselves a spot-up shooter, a la Redd, Allen (pipe-dream I know) - with Yao commanding double-teams in the post and a shooter just hanging around the perimeter, T-Mac would have all the room he needed to just be T-Mac. Swift has been a big disappointment, hopefully he will pick it up - one of the knocks against him is he's too skinny to be effective at the PF so he needs to pack on some weight, help take some of the post-defense pressure off of Yao and be able to bang around and grab 9-10 rebounds a night. Yao's taken huge strides in that direction but think how much easier Shaq's job would have been had he had the luxury of a Carlos Boozer/(insert banger here)-like player alongside him his whole career (instead of...Medvedenko?).

dude1394
03-09-2006, 05:59 PM
Grant Hill's ankle.

T-Mac's back?

Man, what should've been a slam dunk for Orlando turned into an airball.

Wow..pretty bad huh. But they had a shaq and let him go, tough.

Mavs had the bad luck to come into the league after the rockets fixed the game so that we our putrid record didn't get us the number 1 pick.

Thespiralgoeson
03-09-2006, 06:27 PM
Orange, I wouldn't count on Swift picking it up. He's just not that good. Personally, I think they need a passer in the high post at the 4 position. Webber, Walker, or Odom would all be perfect for them. Hell, I think Brad Miller would even be a good fit for them. As for their backcourt, I think Dalm hit the nail on the head about a defensive minded PG. Someone like Tinsley. As for the 2, I tend to agree that they need a shooter. Actually, I think every team should have a good spot up shooter in their starting lineup.

orangedays
03-09-2006, 06:39 PM
Haha, yeah...Swift does kinda suck. But I'm not willing to give up on him yet, though I believe that any success he enjoys will have to follow the ousting of Van Gundy.

Claxton
Allen
McGrady
Odom
Yao

That line-up is so sick I could vomit. *stops dreaming*

Thespiralgoeson
03-09-2006, 06:43 PM
Haha, yeah...Swift does kinda suck. But I'm not willing to give up on him yet, though I believe that any success he enjoys will have to follow the ousting of Van Gundy.

Claxton
Allen
McGrady
Odom
Yao

That line-up is so sick I could vomit. *stops dreaming*

As a Mavs fan, that's more like a nightmare.

Five-ofan
03-09-2006, 07:22 PM
I know you said its a dream but thats like saying
Nash
Allen
JhO
Dirk
Duncan

Yeah it would be awesome but it has no chance of ever happening.

orangedays
03-09-2006, 07:25 PM
Nash
Allen
KG
Dirk
Duncan

;)

Five-ofan
03-09-2006, 07:35 PM
Well you left 2 people that are currently on the rockets on the rockets so i decided to do the same :)