Tracy McGrady Injury Ticker Reminds Rockets Fans How Much Money Is Being Spent On The Injured Star

The Houston Chronicle Seems To Dislike Tracy McGrady

12/4/08 in NBA   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Although I'm not a Rockets fan, I'm well aware of the fact that Tracy McGrady is a frustrating individual to root for. He's constantly battling injuries, he never leads his team out of the first round of the playoffs, and he has no killer instinct whatsoever despite being immensely talented.

His latest irritating move is that he recently visited the one and only Dr. James Andrews to get an opinion on his ailing knee. Andrews recommended one week off for T-Mac and a slow return to the court with restricted minutes. McGrady, however, has instead chosen to just shut himself down until Christmas. And that decision has not gone over well with some people, nor Houston's largest newspaper.

Yep, the Houston Chronicle is officially fed up with T-Mac's crap and has decided to go directly for the throat. Right on the Chronicle's Rockets team homepage, mid-way down, they've got a Tracy McGrady Injury Ticker that alerts all the citizens of the city to exactly how much money the lazy bum is making while he rides the pine of his own free volition during these difficult economic times. Here's a screen shot of the ticker as it currently stands. (Update: the paper has since taken down the "pay for no play" portion of the ticker. Losers.)



Not only do they throw his own quote out there about why he shut himself down, but they make it loud and clear what his "Pay for no play" total is. Which through 4 games is about 25 times what the average person in Houston makes during an entire year.

Damn that's some harsh treatment by the Chronicle. Although at this point, it may actually be warranted.

By the way, something tells me T-Mac may stop giving interviews to the paper from this point on. Just a hunch.

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12/5/08   |   Fuzzynimpkins

chicachericola wrote:
As a matter of fact, yes. I am the gm and personal trainer of a gym. I know all about injuries. I have runners knee. I tore a tendon in my ankle and taught classes anyways. I have worked with a broken ankle and severed tendon. I have chronic back problems due to DDD's and no matter how much my back hurts, I have to put on a smile and go teach classes, train clients and do business matters. The only reason i was out for strep was because it is contagious and my boss wouldn't allow me to be there. In the past 3 years, I have missed four days for being sick. So if it isn't communicable, my ass is at work. Also, you are missing the point completely. His history in Orlando is everything. It establishes the fact that that if the man has this many problems, maybe playing in the NBA isn't what he should be doing. Also, If he is legitimately hurt and the team wants to pay him, thats their perogative. But the team doctor cleared him to go back on "light duty". He shoudn't get to decide when and if he goes back or not plus get paid for it. If you are taking your own time off, it's on your own dime.

you know what?? it just depends on how ur body responds to injuries. the nba season is rigorous. 82 games, some back-to-back's, conatsntly flying in and out of cities. it takes a toll on the players. i kinda understand what u are tryin to say. every job has its flaws

12/5/08   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

Fuzzynimpkins wrote:
you guys are all T-mac haters. oh and k.c.chiefs, assuming tht u have a desk job, ur sick days are just for the flu. would u go to work if u had back spasms?? would u go to work if u couldnt move ur shoulder??? would u go to work if u had pain in ur knee???? i think not.

As a matter of fact, yes. I am the gm and personal trainer of a gym. I know all about injuries. I have runners knee. I tore a tendon in my ankle and taught classes anyways. I have worked with a broken ankle and severed tendon. I have chronic back problems due to DDD's and no matter how much my back hurts, I have to put on a smile and go teach classes, train clients and do business matters. The only reason i was out for strep was because it is contagious and my boss wouldn't allow me to be there. In the past 3 years, I have missed four days for being sick. So if it isn't communicable, my ass is at work. Also, you are missing the point completely. His history in Orlando is everything. It establishes the fact that that if the man has this many problems, maybe playing in the NBA isn't what he should be doing. Also, If he is legitimately hurt and the team wants to pay him, thats their perogative. But the team doctor cleared him to go back on "light duty". He shoudn't get to decide when and if he goes back or not plus get paid for it. If you are taking your own time off, it's on your own dime.

12/5/08   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

I am glad that everyone seems to be friends again.  T-Whack still sucks.  The Rockets are better off without him.

12/5/08   |   tony_ploo

alright first of all the sick day argument doesnt work just think about it T-mac's job relies mostly on what he can do physically were as most of the so called "normal" people it is not relied upon as much.. and those of them that do are not competing against the best in the world in their field.. so think about it before you hate :)  also I personally like seeing him sit right now their upcoming schedule is pretty weak so they should be fine without him while giving him time to heal and get back to doing what he does

12/4/08   |   Fuzzynimpkins

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Lol, I'm a chef, and go to work everyday with what you listed, suffer most of it on the job, and I'll go ahead and add serious burns and cuts to that list.

I hate to use age into my argument, being only 19 myself, but for a 16 year old to tell me what sicknesses or injuries I have that would stop myself from going to my job each and every day is almost insulting. I go through all that, because again, unlike Tracy McGrady, I have to worry about my bills being paid every month, make sure I have enough money for food, and make sure I can make my car payments to get myself to work every day.

I am not a "T-mac hater", I don't know the guy. But I do know for the amount of money that a organization is paying a man that only comes to work about 75% of the time (I realize through no fault of his own, but the principle still stands) is absolutely unbelievable. Tracy is not the only athlete that is injury prone, or overpaid as an athlete that never gets out of the first round, but as the people of Houston can determine on their own..enough is enough.

ok, tht makes some more sense
by the way, i wasnt tryin to be mean or anything with whatever ive said so far.
i just hate it when people hate on T-mac. (you've cleared it up that u do not) its because i lived in toronto when he got drafted. and thn he went to orlando and i went moved to houston. and thn he came to houston. so basically ive been a T-mac fan since he entered the league.

12/4/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

erskinejoey wrote:
Its pretty bad how much haters there are of T-Mac, especially in Houston... i mean the guy doesn't get suspended, he doesn't bad mouth his coaches or teammates, his coaches and teammates don't bad mouth him, the Rockets are doing pretty well, and it seems like Houston wants him out of there... and aaronturner i think being a professional NBA player (especially 8+ years) is more demanding then Marine Corps...

NBA player more demanding then the Marine Corps?

Your opinion does not deserve a second look.

12/4/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

Fuzzynimpkins wrote:
you guys are all T-mac haters. oh and k.c.chiefs, assuming tht u have a desk job, ur sick days are just for the flu. would u go to work if u had back spasms?? would u go to work if u couldnt move ur shoulder??? would u go to work if u had pain in ur knee???? i think not.

Lol, I'm a chef, and go to work everyday with what you listed, suffer most of it on the job, and I'll go ahead and add serious burns and cuts to that list.

I hate to use age into my argument, being only 19 myself, but for a 16 year old to tell me what sicknesses or injuries I have that would stop myself from going to my job each and every day is almost insulting. I go through all that, because again, unlike Tracy McGrady, I have to worry about my bills being paid every month, make sure I have enough money for food, and make sure I can make my car payments to get myself to work every day.

I am not a "T-mac hater", I don't know the guy. But I do know for the amount of money that a organization is paying a man that only comes to work about 75% of the time (I realize through no fault of his own, but the principle still stands) is absolutely unbelievable. Tracy is not the only athlete that is injury prone, or overpaid as an athlete that never gets out of the first round, but as the people of Houston can determine on their own..enough is enough.

12/4/08   |   Fuzzynimpkins

erskinejoey wrote:
Its pretty bad how much haters there are of T-Mac, especially in Houston... i mean the guy doesn't get suspended, he doesn't bad mouth his coaches or teammates, his coaches and teammates don't bad mouth him, the Rockets are doing pretty well, and it seems like Houston wants him out of there... and aaronturner i think being a professional NBA player (especially 8+ years) is more demanding then Marine Corps...

thank you, so far ur the only person who somewhat agrees with me. i dont get why everyone hates on T-mac. i live in Houston and i love the way he plays. i don twant him to be traded

12/4/08   |   erskinejoey

Its pretty bad how much haters there are of T-Mac, especially in Houston... i mean the guy doesn't get suspended, he doesn't bad mouth his coaches or teammates, his coaches and teammates don't bad mouth him, the Rockets are doing pretty well, and it seems like Houston wants him out of there... and aaronturner i think being a professional NBA player (especially 8+ years) is more demanding then Marine Corps...

12/4/08   |   streetballer123   |   3249 respect

Tracy McGrady's prime is over and the best days are behind him. I think he is immensly overrated by people and as a Rockets fan, I prefer him to be traded. Not only that, it's costing them.

12/4/08   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Fuzzynimpkins wrote:
you guys are all T-mac haters. oh and k.c.chiefs, assuming tht u have a desk job, ur sick days are just for the flu. would u go to work if u had back spasms?? would u go to work if u couldnt move ur shoulder??? would u go to work if u had pain in ur knee???? i think not.

Actually, after 16 years in the Marine Corps, I go to work everyday with pain in all that you listed.  I go to work everyday, unlike any professional athlete, because, if I don't, I don't get paid.  I am sure that most that post on here are in the same boat.  So, to your comment, I think so.

12/4/08   |   Fuzzynimpkins

you guys are all T-mac haters. oh and k.c.chiefs, assuming tht u have a desk job, ur sick days are just for the flu. would u go to work if u had back spasms?? would u go to work if u couldnt move ur shoulder??? would u go to work if u had pain in ur knee???? i think not.

12/4/08   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

T-Whack blows.  He doesn't give a damn about anybody but number one.  We will never win a championship relying on him to be a major player.  He's soft and his attitude lacks intensity.  Heck, the guy looks half asleep.

At least with McGrady on the bench, Adelman is letting Yao shoot the 18 footer that teams seem to challenge him to hit.  Which he does.  Once teams start to double him outside the post it will open things up even more, so maybe MCGrady is actually helping the Rockets, in spite of himself.

Trouble is Yao has injury problems, too.

12/4/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

Fuzzynimpkins wrote:
wow, u really show that u dont follow basketball. forget Orlando, its about Houston now. "Otherwise put on your damn uniform and play" - NO, right now tmac is playin bad because the injury is still bothering him. who cares if he gets paid when hes not playing. ever heard of something called a sick day?? also, the rockets are paying him to win a championship. i bet theyd rather have him miss games right now than miss them in april. resting right now will enable him to play later in the season when most of the players are back. oh and since you said that you dont follow basketball, i dont recommed starting anytime soon

Sick day? Really?? You have no idea how ludicrous that statement is for those "normal" people that were not so gracefully given an athletic ability to be given multi-million dollar contracts to bounce around a basketball and put it in a hoop.

Missing 16 games last year, 11 the year before, 35 games in 05-06...Being the NBA doesn't play back-to-back games often, simple math could just multiply all by 2 to give you a better estimate and missing 32, 22, and 70 days out of the year respectively. Being the NBA season is only 9 months out of the year as well, you can easily see that those days are even larger for a 12 month period.

I'm not sure what great job you have that allows 25+ "sick days" a year, much less being paid still for every one of those days you're missing. If you are so lucky, please tell me what job that is exactly, and I'll be sure to make a life decision and apply wherever it is you are currently employed; assuming of course you actually have a job yourself.

12/4/08   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Fuzzynimpkins wrote:
wow, u really show that u dont follow basketball. forget Orlando, its about Houston now. "Otherwise put on your damn uniform and play" - NO, right now tmac is playin bad because the injury is still bothering him. who cares if he gets paid when hes not playing. ever heard of something called a sick day?? also, the rockets are paying him to win a championship. i bet theyd rather have him miss games right now than miss them in april. resting right now will enable him to play later in the season when most of the players are back. oh and since you said that you dont follow basketball, i dont recommed starting anytime soon

Is that you Tracy, did someone hurt your feelings?  I follow basketball and McGrady has shown throughout his career that he cannot be counted on to complete anything.  They brought him in to win a championship?  Good luck with that. 

12/4/08   |   Fuzzynimpkins

chicachericola wrote:
I don't blame them one bit. I don't follow basketball, at all, but I know he was a giant pain in Orlando's collective ass. If he is concerned about his condition, go get a second opinion to back up your claim to stay off the court. Otherwise put on your damn uniform and play. he could be onto something though. I had strep throat and was out of work for a couple of days. Maybe I need to decide that i just don't want to go back until after Christmas yet expect my employer to still pay me.

wow, u really show that u dont follow basketball. forget Orlando, its about Houston now. "Otherwise put on your damn uniform and play" - NO, right now tmac is playin bad because the injury is still bothering him. who cares if he gets paid when hes not playing. ever heard of something called a sick day?? also, the rockets are paying him to win a championship. i bet theyd rather have him miss games right now than miss them in april. resting right now will enable him to play later in the season when most of the players are back. oh and since you said that you dont follow basketball, i dont recommed starting anytime soon

12/4/08   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

You're right, I need that job.

12/4/08   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

I don't blame them one bit. I don't follow basketball, at all, but I know he was a giant pain in Orlando's collective ass. If he is concerned about his condition, go get a second opinion to back up your claim to stay off the court. Otherwise put on your damn uniform and play. he could be onto something though. I had strep throat and was out of work for a couple of days. Maybe I need to decide that i just don't want to go back until after Christmas yet expect my employer to still pay me.