Tracy McGrady Announces Retirement from NBA After 16 Seasons

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Tracy McGrady, who was once the premier scorer in the NBA, has retired from basketball, making the announcement on ESPN.

McGrady, who recently recalled that Kobe Bryant was the toughest player he ever had to guard, had his career plagued by injuries. He made the announcement on ESPN show “First Take.”

The 34-year-old shooting guard was a two-time NBA scoring champion from 2002-2004. During the 2002-2003 season, McGrady averaged 32.1 points per game with the Orlando Magic.

He started his career with the Toronto Raptors but bounced around the NBA–even doing a stint with the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association–before playing with the San Antonio Spurs, appearing in his first NBA Finals last year.

He averaged 19.6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game over his career.

“It’s Kobe, all day…. Absolutely, ain’t nobody close,” he said of guarding Bryant in an interview last week, according to NBC Sports.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.