Another Shot at Redemption

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 20, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Tracy McGrady, the once superstar and former two-time scoring champion is on the comeback trail.

The one thing for Knicks fans around the world is he’s trying to comeback as a New York Knickerbocker.

That being said, McGrady who is close to 100% in his rehab from micro fracture surgery on his left knee brings an element of credibility not seen in these parts since Bernard King plied his trade as a small forward in the early 80′s.

When Penny Hardaway was brought in under Isiah Thomas as a take it or leave it (throw in) in the Stephon Marbury/Phoenix Suns trade, he was well past his prime and his game had gone further south.

However McGrady had the same type of surgery as Hardaway and Penny wasn’t as injury prone.

But, with McGrady being shelved for the better part of three seasons with various injuries one would think that he doesn’t have as much wear and tear on his 30-year-old body.

One could take a page out of Grant Hill’s play book for being able to comeback from an injury and make it to the All-Star game.

McGrady is a lot more fluid than Hill is and was so that can work in his favor which would be a great thing for the Knicks.

McGrady can also work and serve as an ambassador and recruiter for the Knicks. He as said that the money isn’t a factor in his life now and who could blame him with him making 23 million this year alone.

With 29 games left in the season (including Saturday’s game vs. the Thunder at MSG) and having to play in the Coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, McGrady could make things look fun and easy.

OTHER NBA MOVES

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided on Antawn Jamison instead of the super athletic Amare Stoudamire.

The jury is still out on that one although most in the field think that in the short term the Jamison would work better.

But the more dynamic and magnetic player would be Stoudamire and he could’ve been a catalyst in keeping LeBron in Cleveland. In his Cleveland debut Friday night at Charlotte, Jamison went 0-for-12 from the field as the Cavs fell 110-93 to the Bobcats.

The Dallas Mavericks, who needed an infusion of talent and also to be able to rid themselves of the troubled Josh Howard, were able to bring in super small forward Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood.

Butler is an All-Star type of player and the 7-foot Haywood will probably feel 8-feet tall now that he’s out and away from the troublesome time he’s had in the nation’s capital.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In his New York debut on Saturday night, Tracy McGrady had 26 points, four rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes in the Knicks’ 121-118 overtime loss to the Thunder at Madison Square Garden.