Bulls news: Dwyane Wade congratulates Tracy McGrady for being part of 2017 Hall of Fame class
Tracy McGrady has been recognized for his stellar play during his days in the NBA by being part of the 2017 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. On Thursday, a reunion dinner was attended by some of the inductees as well as recipients of special awards given on the night.
One of them is Dwyane Wade, who was named the winner of the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award for being the player who “has found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect to their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others, and an avenue that helped shape that individual’s growth into a recognized visionary and leader,” according to Hoop Hall.
When he saw McGrady, Wade did not hesitate to approach and congratulate him for his well-deserved enshrinement. He also exchanged pleasantries with Rebecca Lobo.
“If you ain’t guard him, you ain’t got a clue.” Wade said
Tracy McGrady spent 15 years in the NBA, playing for six different teams. He was named an All-Star seven times, won the scoring title twice, and was the Most Improved Player back in 2001. He could’ve had a longer career in the league, but he suffered multiple knee injuries that proved to be costly as he failed to regain his old form.
The former ninth overall pick of the 1997 draft last played in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2011-12 season, and even signed a one-year deal with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association the year after. He’s still around the basketball scene nowadays as an analyst for ESPN.
As the saying goes, greatness recognizes greatness, and that may be the case with Wade and McGrady, as they are both widely recognized as two of the best players to ever play the game. With the Chicago Bulls guard nearing the twilight of his career, there is no doubt that he will also be inducted to the Hall of Fame someday.