Even though Tracy McGrady hasn't played a single second yet in the 2013 NBA Finals, we've talked plenty about him so far. On Friday, McGrady was asked whether he would be ready to play off the bench if called upon and his response was, um, interesting. Now, T-Mac has expressed his feeling towards the current one-and-done ruling in the NBA, which forces college players to stay in the NCAA for at least one year.
Being one of those guys who skipped college to go straight to the pros, it may be surprising to hear that not only does T-Mac feel that players should actually play in the NCAA, but that they should stay longer than one year.
"I actually think they should implement having these guys go to school for two years," McGrady said. "What is it, one year now? At least go to school for two years because the league is so young. I think we need to build our league up. I mean, I hate to say it, but the talent in this league is pretty down."
As history has shown, for every one player that pans out after leaving high school or one year in college, there are plenty of guys that could've benefited from staying longer. T-Mac also expanded on his claim, saying that adjusting to life in the league can be difficult for a teenager.
"It was pretty difficult becoming a man so early and competing against grown men," McGrady said. "You're the best player on the floor in high school and then you come face the best players in the world. Also, the transition to living on your own, having to deal with the traveling, dealing with the different climaxes, getting into cities at 2 or 3 in the morning and then waking up the next morning for shootarounds and practices. I mean, it was a culture shock."
Taking those two aspects in perspective, McGrady may have a point. What do y'all think?
[via USA Today]