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01-30-2003, 08:29 AM
<< McGrady wants Jordan to start final All-Star Game
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Michael Jordan is fine with coming off the bench in his final All-Star Game. Tracy McGrady, however, has other ideas.
McGrady, a starter for the game, wants Jordan's kids to see their father start and will move to the bench to make it happen, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
"I have thought about this for a while. I'll do it, absolutely," McGrady told the newspaper. "For what Michael Jordan has done for this league and this game, I'll do anything.
"It's his last All-Star Game. I don't have any problem with that. I'll get in the game. I'd love to see it. I have to call the league office to see if I can do it."
Jordan plans on retiring at the end of the season.
"T-Mac wanting to do that doesn't surprise me," Magic coach Doc Rivers said in the Sentinel. "As aloof as he looks, he has a real sense for the history of the game. And he doesn't look at it like he's kissing Michael's butt. He wants to beat Michael's butt any other time."
A league official told the Sentinel it's possible Jordan could start.
"That's a terrific gesture from Tracy," said the official who requested anonymity. "We'll have to see. We've made exceptions before." >>
Here (http://espn.go.com/nba/news/2003/0129/1501046.html) is the article. What do you think about that? Ass kissing or a great gesture? I think itīs kinda cool of McGrady to do that, after all Jordan was a huge idol for him when he was younger. Also MJ started that thing by giving him a pair of worn sneakers signed for T-Mac after their last game.
01-30-2003, 10:28 AM
Being McGrady's age, I understand that Michael is Michael, man. I STILL have a wall full of posters and newspaper clippings of the guy in my old room at my parents' house. I think that's cool of Tracy to do, and so far this season, between some of the off the court stuff and the fact that he's carrying both my fantasy teams, T-Mac is no longer overrated in my book. He's one loaded-shoulders playoff series win away from being above Kobe in my opinion.
It's nice to see such a classy move. It's also a smart move. If you want respect, you need to give respect.
01-30-2003, 02:23 PM
I think that is a cool gesture from McGrady. I don't really care for him, just something about him, but he's no doubt talented.
On the flip side, I had just been over at realgm.com and read this about the speculation of Carter stepping aside. Clearly, he had NO intention of stepping aside so Jordan could be a starter one last time.
Carter won't step aside for Jordan
Added: 30th January, 2003 8:56 AM ET
Vince Carter will start the NBA All-Star Game and enjoy the experience. Speculation that he may bow out of the starting lineup to allow Michael Jordan one last hurrah is just that
speculation. Jennifer Quinn of the Toronto Star reports that Carter was puzzled by the notion.
"Next question" was his response to the initial inquiry. When prodded, Carter explained, "It's not like I planned on getting injured, but, you know, it happened. I'm thankful for the opportunity to play regardless of the amount of games I've played, and that's why I've taken the initiative to get back and get healthy and then play in some games so when I go in the All-Star Game I can go out there and have a lot of fun."
A recent Washington Post story said that there is a "chance one of the starters" could give up that honour for Jordan; the Washington Times says only "there has been some speculation that Carter, who has appeared in just 11 games this season due to injury, will allow Jordan to start."
It has happened in the past. Doug Collins allowed John Havlicek to take his starting spot in 1978. Tim Hardaway let Magic Johnson start in 1982. Carter said he intends to take his place alongside the other Eastern Conference all-star starters: Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace, Allen Iverson and Jermaine O'Neal. As a reserve, Jordan will be appearing for the 14th time.
"It is what it is. The fans vote on who it is they want to see, and who are we to change that?" former all-star Antonio Davis said yesterday.
01-30-2003, 02:31 PM
I don't see why McGrady would wanna kiss MJ's ass by giving the starting position... it's just ot of pure respect I think. I would have done the same thing if I'm in his shoes.
We can't blame Carter for being the starter... afterall it's not like he's lobbying to play in the ASG. It's the fans who voted him (something I scratch my head over) so there's no problem if Carter will fulfill the fans requests.
Really Carter should step down. But then again he did get voted in. I think that people have the right to see carter and Mcgrady they are two of the highflyers in the game. 38 when MJ was sick. The shot that broke the Jazz, that's enough for me. But if Mcgrady does it good for him. I just think its the fan's game and voted for him to start not MJ.i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif
01-30-2003, 04:21 PM
Fans voted to see T-Mac and Carter start. The fans voted who they wanted to start and that is the whole point of the All Star game. MJ still is my fav player in the NBA regardless how he plays. BTW, that article does mean 1992 instead of 82 right? Hardaway wasn't in the NBA that long ago.
01-30-2003, 04:36 PM
McGrady is a class act period. Doesn't anyone remember when he flew that boy down from DC who was a victim of the sniper spree? I remember McGrady saying that he was "honored" that this kid said he was his idol. His motives are purely genuine and it's truly refreshing.
01-30-2003, 04:48 PM
that is very brave....http://image.collegeclub.com/images/cc/user/matchu/299/305/1043964637958.gif
01-30-2003, 06:53 PM
<< If you want respect, you need to give respect. >>
01-30-2003, 11:29 PM
Very very wise guy.............
and Iverson did it, too, by calling up MJ when the starters were announced.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Jordan said thanks, but no thanks.
Jordan turned down offers from Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson to relinquish their starting spots in the All-Star Game.
McGrady, the Orlando guard who led the Eastern Conference in fan balloting, made his offer Thursday. Iverson made a similar offer in a private phone call a week and a half ago, Jordan revealed before Thursday night's game between the Bucks and Washington Wizards.
``It shows what type of people they are, about the history of the game, about guys who have paved the way,'' Jordan said. ``I would have done it for Dr. J. and I'm sure Dr. J. would have done it for someone else.
``That, to me, just shows how much they care about the game. I take it as a compliment, but I would rather for them to play and start and let me come off the bench.''
Jordan said Iverson called him after the starting lineups were announced earlier this month.
``He said, 'If you don't mind, I'd like to step aside and let you start,''' Jordan recounted. ``No one knew about it. He called me personally and I didn't make it known.''
But Jordan said he's not bothered by not starting. In his previous 13 All-Star selections, the fans voted him in.
``I have no ill feelings,'' Jordan said. ``I am very happy for them. If I hadn't done it for 14 years, OK, it's a different scenario. I experienced it for many years and I think it's something they should feel proud about.''
The 39-year-old Jordan will almost certainly will retire after this season.
``I've got plenty more chances of being an All-Star starter,'' said McGrady, making his third All-Star game appearance. ``It's about me being there and witnessing his last All-Star game. It's a blessing, man. It's an honor, too.''
The game will be played Feb. 9 in Atlanta.
Jordan has averaged 20.2 points in 12 All-Star appearances, missing the 1986 contest because of injury, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1996 and 1998. In 1997, he had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the only triple-double in 51 years of All-Star game history.
``What he's done to the game, for the game, he's very inspirational, especially for a guy like me who grew up watching Michael Jordan,'' McGrady said. ``He's always been known for being an All-Star starter, so why not?''
Precedent has been set for McGrady's and Iverson's offer.
John Havlicek started in 1978 because current Wizards coach Doug Collins stepped aside.
``I've always kidded him to this day that it was very difficult for a Sixer to step aside for a Celtic,'' Collins said. ``But I would do it again in a minute.''
Tim Hardaway also sat in 1992 so Magic Johnson could start. Johnson turned out to be the game's MVP.
``I think it's a great move. Good p.r., Tracy, way to go,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said. ``But I'm kind of ticked that Vince Carter didn't think of it.''
Carter was named a starter in fan balloting even though he's been hurt most of the year. But Jordan said he didn't begrudge the Toronto Raptors star for not stepping aside.
``It's a Catch-22,'' Jordan said. ``If he gives up his spot, some fans will be disappointed. Even me accepting Tracy's or Allen's spot would make fans look bad. That's not the way it's meant to be. Keep it the way it is. There's no bad person in this whole scenario.''
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