Posts Tagged ‘Tracy McGrady’

Steve Francis is not a great pitcher

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re reaching that time of year when basketball players start to pop up at baseball games to throw out ceremonial first pitches, which can have a variety of results. Last year we took an in-depth look at all these throws, and we will probably do that later this summer, but we need to take a second and check out this effort from former Rockets great Steve Francis. We know former Rockets forward Tracy McGrady can really pitch the ball, and although McGrady and Francis were traded for each other in the NBA, when you consider the first pitch Francis delivered at last night’s Houston Astros game, a Francis/McGrady baseball swap probably wouldn’t make much sense.

(via Complex)

Tracy McGrady is back to being a rookie?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was speculation this week that Tracy McGrady wanted to return to the NBA, a rumor that McGrady himself debunked yesterday on Facebook. But two years ago, McGrady spent a season in China, and even though he was in his 30s at the time, he was still a rookie. And as we see in this new commercial from Foot Locker starring McGrady and Portland’s Damian Lillard, rookies have to do their rookie duties, no matter how old they may be…

VIDEO: Rookie Life

Backboard déjà vu

VIDEO: Gerald Green does it for self

We’ve seen Tracy McGrady put his creativity to use. Many times.

Vince Carter took it to another level.

Dwight Howard even added his own Superman touch to it.

And now, once again, Dunk HQ legend Gerald Green is writing a new chapter in the “Do It Yourself”, pass-off-the-backboard-for-a-slam manual.

This spur-of-the-moment play is nothing new for Green, who stunned the Blazers last season with something similar. This time, it’s the Magic who are the victim of Green’s “make a way out of no way” thought process.

Let the scouting report show: it’s probably best if opponents don’t let Green step through and around them at the right elbow.

Orlando Magic legends reunite in Taiwan


ALL BALL NERVE CENTERPenny Hardaway and Tracy McGrady are two of the greatest players in franchise history for the Orlando Magic, thought they never actually played together — Penny was there from ’93-99, while T-Mac arrived in 2000. But now the two retired legends will join forces and hit the hardwood together…in Taiwan. According to this poster, Penny and T-Mac will team with several other former NBA players, including Latrell Sprewell, Keyon Dooling and Vin Baker, to play in some sort of All-Star game next week. Better late than never…

(via BIL)

T-Mac hangs up the cleats

By Joe Boozell

Former scoring wizard Tracy McGrady was last seen in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, riding the bench in their 2013 Finals loss to the Miami Heat. T-Mac decided to exchange his sneakers for spikes in 2014, beginning an independent league baseball career with the Sugarland Skeeters. “Inside Stuff” had this short feature on McGrady’s quest to the mound a few months ago.

VIDEO: Tracy McGrady on “Inside Stuff”

Unfortunately, like his basketball career, McGrady’s baseball career has ended quite abruptly. CBS reports that McGrady is calling it quits after four appearances, a 6.75 ERA and an abnormally high walk rate. Sabermetrics talk aside, T-Mac is sure to be missed on baseball diamonds and basketball courts everywhere.


Throwback Thursday: All-time best Raptors

VIDEO: NB90s looks back on Vince Carter’s glory days in Toronto

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: The top Raptors of all-time


On May 22, 1994, Toronto was scheduled to enter the NBA as an expansion franchise for the 1995-96 season. It was on that day that the team’s nickname, the Raptors, was unveiled and an NBA team was fully realized. Today, we look back on the greatest players to ever suit up for the Raptors, from the early days in the “dino” jerseys to the current group this season that took home the Atlantic Division title and set a franchise record for wins.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Top Raptors of all-time

What do you most remember about the Raptors? Leave your comments below!

Tracy McGrady makes minor league pitching debut

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we checked in with Tracy McGrady, the retired NBA player who was attempting to begin a second career as a baseball pitcher. The good news? McGrady made the team! The bad news: He made his first start on Saturday.

The thing is, he wasn’t terrible. He was on a tight pitch count, so he only last 1 2/3 innings. But he gave up 2 hits, with 2 walks, 2 earned runs, and a home run. In the video below you can see some of his highlights. One of the hits (around the 21-second mark) is a dribbler that barely gets through the right side of the infield. The other hit, around the 50 second mark, is a bomb to left field that hits the foul pole.

All in all, McGrady looks smooth on the mound. Also worth noting is that the catcher is Roger Clemens‘ son…

VIDEO: McGrady’s debut

Tracy McGrady makes opening day baseball roster

By Lang Whitaker,

Tracy McGrady Charity Softball Tournament

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back we checked in on retired NBA swingman Tracy McGrady, who was toying with the notion of returning to action, though not as a basketball player but as a baseball pitcher.

Now, after going through spring training, it appears that McGrady has made the opening day roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league baseball team in Texas.

Via the Skeeters…

“It’s an honor to be a part of this club for the 2014 season,” said McGrady. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”

The 6-foot-8, right-handed pitcher officially reported to Spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance with the Skeeters against Alvin Community College on April 16. Through 1.0 inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

“We are excited about our team this season and having Tracy McGrady as a part of it,” said Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti. “We’re also excited to see what unique opportunities this could present for us in putting a good product on the field and we look forward to Tracy helping us win some ball games.”

I just wonder how long it will be before I can get a Skeeters/McGrady jersey?

When Other People Wear Shaq’s Clothes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the largest human beings in the world, which means he wears some of the largest clothes in the world. So if you ever see some of Shaq’s clothes laying around, be sure to try them on and snap a photo, because it’s never not funny.

The most recent example of this comes from Sacramento, where Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas found a shirt belonging to Shaq — a Kings co-owner — laying around and tried it on.

Of course, this is just the most recent example of this phenomenon. Just a few weeks back, Shaq was a guest on the first week of Jimmy Fallon‘s new gig hosting the “Tonight Show.” And on that night, he let Fallon try on his jacket…


Going back a few more months, when Tracy McGrady was pulling a shift on NBA TV’s “GameTime” and he needed a suit, he thought he could pull off wearing one of Shaq’s suits that was sitting around the Turner studios…


And a few months before that, Reggie Miller was in the Turner studios and decided to give one of Shaq’s coats a try…

Tracy McGrady Reportedly Considering Baseball Career

Tracy McGrady Charity Softball Tournament

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTracy McGrady retired from the NBA over the summer after a 16-year career. But his days as a professional athlete might not be finished.

During the Thunder/Nets game on Friday night, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy mentioned that McGrady — who played for Van Gundy in Houston — was considering becoming a baseball pitcher. Van Gundy said McGrady was going to play independent league baseball this summer, and that in workouts McGrady was throwing over 90 miles per hour.

McGrady talked about his love of baseball frequently even when he was playing in the NBA. A Houston-based sports anchor followed up on Van Gundy’s news with his own info via Twitter…

Since then, according to another report out of Houston, a professional baseball scout who has been working with McGrady says this isn’t unthinkable…

“When Tracy came out I was already to tell him, ‘Tracy I don’t want you to get embarrassed going out here doing that,'” Spinks said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

“Once he got on the mound and started throwing, I looked at Deacon Jones (special assistant to the Skeeters president), Deacon looked at me, and (I said) there’s something there.”

After Spinks began working with McGrady he became convinced the seven-time NBA All-Star could play professional baseball.

“If the season starts tomorrow Tracy McGrady will be able to pitch on that Skeeters team,” Spinks said.

Spinks and McGrady have been working at Constellation Field, the home park of the Sugar Land Skeeters.

“He’s not throwing as hard as everybody said,” Spinks said. “I don’t know where that came from.

“(McGrady is throwing) between 85 and 86 miles per hour and that’s without adrenalin, that’s without hitters at the plate and the longer he throws, the looser he’ll get and the harder he’ll throw.

“I can see him throwing in the 90s, but he’s nowhere in the 90s now, not even close.”