Rockets ‘have made no plans’ to retire Tracy McGrady’s jersey
After a 16-year career full of individual accomplishments, Tracy McGrady was officially inducted into the 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. While some basketball fans believe McGrady did not deserve the honor, numerous players have come to his defense.
During his career, McGrady played for seven teams but had his best years with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. However, Tom Haberstroh of ESPN reveals the Rockets have made no plans to retire his jersey and the decision has been put on hold with new owner Tilman Fertitta:
According to league sources, the Rockets have made no plans to retire McGrady’s jersey in Houston, and revisiting that decision has been put on hold while the new ownership comes into place. Last week, Alexander reportedly agreed to sell the franchise to Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion. Currently, Trevor Ariza has been wearing No. 1 for the Rockets over the past three seasons. As of now, he won’t have to find another jersey for training camp.
In McGrady’s stint with the Rockets, there was unfortunately a decline in each of his six seasons due to injury. Despite playing with Yao Ming, the seven-time All-Star was never able to advance past the first round of the playoffs in three appearances.
While there will continue to be debates about McGrady’s place in the Hall of Fame, he was one of the best scorers during his prime years. The two-time scoring champion was also in the conversation with Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Vince Carter as one of the league’s best perimeter players during the 2000s.