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#1 MoBetta

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:33 AM

damn the link keep messing up. just go to the ajc blog


Portland–Hawks forward Tracy McGrady’s private frustrations over his playing time finally boiled over after he played just 4:39 during the 97-77 loss to the Blazers late Saturday.

“I’m tired of this [bleep],” McGrady said. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”

McGrady didn’t play after halftime against the Blazers. He didn’t dress for Atlanta’s 101-99 victory at Phoenix Thursday but said it was his decision to rest for the second game of a back-to-back. Against the Blazers, McGrady never returned after Marvin Williams replaced him with 7:21 left in the first half.

McGrady has played in 26 of 32 games this season for an average of 18 minutes before Saturday’s game. Last season with Detroit McGrady averaged 23 minutes in 72 games.

McGrady said Hawks coach Larry Drew hasn’t offered him an explanation when he doesn’t play him many minutes.

“If you don’t feel I can help, come tell me that,” McGrady said. “He ain’t told me nothing. I just want to help these guys win, man, which I know I can. But, damn, four minutes?”

McGrady made his comments after Drew’s postgame news conference. Earlier this week Drew, speaking generally about the limited amount of minutes available for his many veteran players, said he thinks it’s important to offer them an explanation when they don’t play much.

McGrady said he’s previously approached Drew about the topic but doesn’t plan on doing so again.

“I have before but I’m only going to do that one time,” McGrady said.

Drew has said he’s mindful of saving McGrady’s body from wear and tear. McGrady was a two-time scoring champion before a series of injuries that includes a herniated disk in his back. He suffered back spasms on Jan. 11 and sat out three games.

McGrady said that when he suits up, that means he’s ready to play.

“My body feels great,” McGrady said. “If it didn’t, I wouldn’t play.”

Under CBA rules, McGrady would be eligible for a trade on March 1. He didn’t go so far as to say he wants out of Atlanta but said he wants to play a bigger role for the Hawks.

“Hopefully, I’m here,” he said. “I like it here. I like the guys. That’s what I love most about it. I like the guys in this locker room. But at the same time, I still can play. No doubt in my mind.


This team is headed for disaster

Edited by MoBetta, 19 February 2012 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:40 AM

It's either gonna get a lot better or a lot worse in a hurry. I'm afraid it's gonna get bad.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:54 AM

The ship is slowly sinking further and further
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:55 AM

Drew might have lost the team

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:56 AM

Drew might have lost the team


Drew never had the team. This team has ran itself since last season.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:41 AM

Drew needs a savior. Like D'Antoni needed Jeremy Lin, LD needs someone. That someone isn't on the roster right now.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:37 AM

Wonder if LD sat him so long because Marvins family and friends were at the game? I think they said something about it before the game.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:30 AM

Wonder if LD sat him so long because Marvins family and friends were at the game? I think they said something about it before the game.


Why are we appeasing Marvin and losing by 20? Marvin played 25 minutes to TMac's 4. I would rather go to war with Tmac than with Marvin.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:17 AM

its not like marvin played bad. This was obviously an issue before this game as stated by TMAC himself.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:07 AM

At least this explains the question about Marvin's minutes. Some of us were puzzled that he would be pulled even when he was having a good game. In the Portland game, I could see Drew figuring that there was no point in wasting T-Mac on a lost cause.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:29 AM

T-Mac has a lot of empty possessions where he does nothing at all. Like a J.R. Smith type. I see why T-Mac was never a true superstar. Too many times when he doesn't have the ball, he doesn't do anything.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:00 AM

Does Tracy have a history of doing things like this? I don't know. If he doesn't, then I think it's a sign that there is a rift between the coaches and players. It would definitely explain the erratic and passionless play our Hawks have displayed this year so far.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:09 AM

T-Mac is like Terrell Owens and Shaq. He is not good for locker rooms of teams that aren't great. He finds an issue and turns the team v. thier coach like he did in NY and DET. This is why I didn't want T-Mac. Trade T-Mac. He's a good talent still but he can barely play 15 mins consistently.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:40 AM

Tmac has a good reason to be pissed! Drew has some type of love attraction with Marvin. He refuses to demote or bench him when he's obviously not contributing to the team as though he should. I bet other players are feeling the same way but are too scared to say anything. Larry seems as though he doesn't have a clue. Ivan gets pulled, Willie gets pulled when he's hot, Teague gets pulled for stupid reasons(Phoenix), Radmanovich gets pulled when he's hot, and Pargo got buried on the bench once the "great white hope" came back from injury. I'm tired of seeing Drews bullsh*t too.





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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:45 AM

Say what? This is Marvin's fault? Marvin who came alive and put up 8points in the 3rd and was active yet didn't see the game again for the last two minutes of the 3rd and the entire 4th? Nope, this is all on Drew. Overextended Teague who was pure horse dung, was afraid to use Zaza again after 7 minutes in the 3rd because he had 4 fouls and felt that Vlad with his inability to hit the 3 or rebound would have been a better option than bringing back Zaza, using Ivan or HEY! using that defensive C we're supposed to be working out on a 10 day on Aldridge. This is all Drew and nothing to do with any individual player for why Tracy didn't play.



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