A lot of attention is being drawn to Yao Ming’s left foot fracture. The injury will end his season.
More importantly, Yao’s injury will effectively end Tracy McGrady’s career.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Tracy McGrady. At one time, the man was considered to be one of the top three players in the league. He doesn’t get the acclaim that he used to get but he’s undoubtedly still one of the best perimeter players.
The sad fact is that T-Mac just hasn’t had much success in the playoffs. He is like the Paul Giamatti or Ed Norton of the NBA. T-Mac puts in some incredible performances yet he can’t hit gold.
I don’t know whether it’s due to his deficiencies as a player. He obviously hasn’t really had much help around him. Sometimes, I wonder if it’s because T-Mac, like Giamatti, isn’t exactly the prettiest boy around. But that doesn’t explain why Geoffrey Rush and Sam Cassell have gone home winners.
There are times when it just isn’t meant to be.
The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the league. They haven’t lost a game in two months. That’s straight-up ridiculous.
A lot of Rick Adelman’s offense runs through his bigs. This may be a problem with an old Dikembe Mutombo tentatively moving into the center position. Luis Scola, an Argentinian national team stud, has very good court awareness and passing skills. Either way, Adelman should go small and try to capitalize on Bobby Jackson’s recent signing.
The Rockets are currently seventh in the west. If Jeff Van Gundy were coaching this team, I would write them off immediately. Van Gundy’s defense-first mentality cannot sustain the Rockets without Yao. Adelman needs to pump up his supposed offensive creativity and turn up the tempo.
This was their year and looking around at the loaded Western Conference, it’s tough to bet against the field moving forward. All of these stud line-ups in the west will have gotten a season to gel. They will be that much more formidable in the long haul.
If Tracy finds success in the playoffs, don’t look for it anytime soon. He should take some notes from his old teammate, Grant Hill. Age a little bit and then join a contender as the “wiry, old veteran.” Sadly, that may be his only shot at winning it big.