Back in August, after playing in the NBA for 16 seasons, Tracy McGrady made an appearance on ESPN First Take and announced that he was retiring.
"It's been 16 years playing the game I love," he said. "I've had a great run, but it's time for it to come to an end."
A little more than two months later, McGrady doesn't sound like he regrets making that decision at all. He did an interview with Hoops World recently and admitted that he's "loving" retirement. He's getting the chance to hang out with his kids, give his body a rest, and enjoy life. And during the interview, he also provided an excellent explanation as to why he really decided to retire.
"I was just drained and tired of the bullshit to be honest with you," he said. "Not really getting the opportunity to show what I could do. I wasn't going to put myself through that kind of situation again."
Translation: "I didn't want to work my ass off to get into shape for this season and then spend it sitting on the bench for, like, the Bobcats or something. So eff that, I'M DONE!"
McGrady isn't giving up on basketball altogether, though. He wants to stay involved with the game by possibly working in a front office someday. And it appears as though he's already starting to try and judge NBA talent. Just check out this tweet that he sent out the other night:
Sitting here watching the Lakers, and I feel sorry for my boy Jellybean when he comes back!— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) October 23, 2013
Yikes! Who slipped the truth serum into T-Mac's post-retirement Gatorade?
Anyway, we hope to see McGrady back in the league in some capacity soon. But for now, we're glad that he seems to be at peace with his decision to hang up his sneakers for good.
[via Hoops World]