Tracy MacGrady already received the highest possible decoration for an NBA player when he entered the Hall of Fame last September, something that undoubtedly made him feel very proud. However, this doesn’t prevent the two times maximum scorer of the League receive as something really special to be honored by the Orlando Magic as one of the best in its history, just what happened coinciding with the meeting played by the Florida against Toronto Raptors, the team that selected him in the 1997 Draft.
“Yes, I am now in the Hall of Fame Naismith Memorial, but today is a really special day for me. On a personal level, while growing up in Auburndale, Florida, my mother used to come every summer when I played basketball in Orlando … and I told her that she would one day see me playing with this uniform”, he said during the entrance ceremony. Magic Hall of Fame.
The truth is that Orlando was a turning point in McGrady’s career. With no room to explode in Toronto, where his cousin Vince Carter blocked his way, he arrived in Florida and for four seasons, all as All-Star, guided the Magic to three consecutive postseason appearances. Especially painful was the course of 2002-03, which ended with defeat in the first round against the Pistons after being 3-1 up.