The nostalgia of Throwback Thursday; the ‘remember whens’ and good ol’ days. See the game clock drop four zeros and hang a jersey up one last time and it’s the start of the same nostalgic haze.
Here’s proof from a career that started right here in our city and tapped seven other systems along the way.
Recognize this young buck?
Throw back to a few weeks ago: Tracy Lamar McGrady, the Raptors fourth ever draft selection at the age of 18, announced his retirement after 16 years in the court race.
Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned. #mac
— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) August 26, 2013
Throwback to a few days ago: McGrady, the young superstar that helped drive the Raptors to their first postseason in the organzations history, dropped words in a phone interview that had offseason Raptor fans retweeting like it’s 1999. Literally. His last season with the franchise. And then he left the place he now claims was the site of some of his ‘glory days’.
“Had I been a little older and wiser and knew what was ahead of me, I would have stayed, no doubt, with those guys. But that was some of the best times of my life, man. Being with (Charles) Oakley and Kevin Willis and Antonio Davis, Muggsy (Bogues), Dell Curry, Dee Brown. Man. I still talk to a lot of those guys to this day. Because I appreciated how they looked out for me. They were all professionals.” (Dave Feschuk at Toronto Star)
T-Mac admitted that the ‘boo’s’ that rang on his return to Raps turf in years to follow fueled his game. He also admitted, “In hindsight … I wish I had stayed in Toronto. There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship. I think about that often.”
But ‘what ifs’ and expired wishes won’t overshadow the days where it all started for T-Mac. The dynamic balance between fresh talent and vets, the on-court chemistry with him and his cousin Vince and the memorable hype from Raptor fans during some of the most elevated days for the franchise.
Happy Retirement, Tracy.
Let’s relive those good ol’ glory days.