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Ankle problems kept Hill from helping McGrady in Orlando, while foot problems for Yao Ming spoiled a potentially devastating tandem in Houston. McGrady also had microfracture surgery on his knee in 2009, which combined with chronic back spasms to limit him to 65 games over the next two seasons. All of a sudden, that effortless athleticism was gone.
The Rockets made it to the second round in 2009 with both McGrady and Yao on the bench with injuries, only adding fuel to his critics.
While McGrady bowed out in first round after first round, some started to question his work ethic. Where was Michael Jordan’s competitive fire? Where was Bryant’s passion? How badly did McGrady really want it?
After a stint with the Hawks, McGrady spent most of last season playing in China until the Spurs jettisoned Stephen Jackson and asked McGrady if he was interested in being an insurance policy for them in the playoffs. He played just 31 minutes in six games during San Antonio’s run to the NBA Finals.
Sitting on the bench in San Antonio, surrounded by healthy All-Star talent for the first time in his career, McGrady couldn’t help but wonder what might have been.
“That’s really the story of my career,” McGrady told Grantland in June. “What if. What if Grant Hill was healthy when we were in Orlando and what if the Magic would have signed Timmy (Duncan) as well? What if I was healthy when Yao was healthy and when we played a Game 7 against the Lakers in the second round? What-ifs. That’s what you can put on my career. `What If: Tracy McGrady’s Career.’”
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