To this day, many believe that Tracy McGrady revolutionized all-around scoring and paved the way for the slick, less physical yet versatile scorers such as Kevin Durant and many others. However, some reckoned that none of it matters if you can’t help your team win the chip. And that is often brought up whenever there’s a debate about T-Mac being one of the best pure scorers in the NBA.
T-Mac is okay with Hall of Fame
As a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time scoring champ, McGrady sure is one of the best players of his generation. In 2017, the NBA made it official by inducting T-Mac into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Despite the accolades, some naysayers still refuse to give McGrady respect and only view him as just a talented scorer, nothing less, nothing more. So when the man himself was asked to comment about it in a rare interview, he was evidently tired of hearing the same thing.
Nevertheless, T-Mac still addressed it and pointed out that his Hall of Fame induction is enough to shut all his critics up.
“[I’m in the] Hall of Fame… How much more respect do you want?,” McGrady stressed. “I hear people saying… ‘T-Mac, they don’t give him his respect’ but I’m the Hall of Fame. I mean, that’s a lot of respect. What else do you want?”
A title would be sweet but not necessary
Some people are very particular about NBA championships. Aside from basing a player’s level of greatness, they also delve into details such as whether he had help from another star or not. So if a player never won a single title, like McGrady, his name is outright crossed out.
But according to T-Mac, he would’ve loved to win a championship, but even without one, he sleeps soundly at night just thinking about the things he had accomplished as a player.
"I was an All-NBA player, I led the lead in scoring, I was a top-selling athlete with Adidas, and I'm recognized in China,” McGrady explained. “Nothing in my life would have changed if I won a chip. Would I have wanted to win one? Of course!"
Indeed, a championship is the highest feat in the league, but that should never be the determinant of how much respect a player deserves.
At the end of the day, McGrady’s right about his take on his legacy because with or without a championship ring, T-Mac is undeniably an all-time great.