Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady has been taking heat from all points in recent weeks as he sits out with several nagging problems in his left knee. The Chicago Tribune suggested that he’s not happy in Houston and wouldn’t mind being dealt. And the Detroit News reported that one Piston said McGrady should get a new nickname in honor of his cousin, New Jersey guard Vince Carter, who goes by the handle “Half-Man, Half-Amazing.” That Piston’s idea for McGrady? “Half-Man, Half-A-Season.”
Well, a member of the Warriors (who shall remain nameless because the comment was off the cuff rather than officially on the record) had this to say recently about McGrady’s various knee ailments, which have been blamed for his eight-games-and-counting absence: “He’s not hurt, not hurt bad enough to miss games. He’s just tired of losing.”
Obviously, it’s hard (if not impossible) to know that for sure from two time zones away, but it’s certainly interesting to see how a reputation gets perpetuated and cemented around the league.