Did you ever think you’d read about Tracy McGrady on KSR twice in the same day?
Coach Cal has a new ally in his quest to advocate college players staying for at least two years before jumping to the NBA. Tracy McGrady spoke out in favor of such a requirement, citing his own personal experience to show how the two-year rule might benefit young players:
“It was pretty difficult becoming a man so early and competing against grown men,” McGrady said. “You’re the best player on the floor in high school and then you come face the best players in the world. Also, the transition to living on your own, having to deal with the traveling, dealing with the different climaxes, getting into cities at 2 or 3 in the morning and then waking up the next morning for shootarounds and practices. I mean, it was a culture shock.”
McGrady also argued that “the talent in this league is pretty down,” pointing out that a two-year rule would strengthen the caliber of players in the pros. And in a phenomenal candid quote, T-Mac eloquently stated the appeal of jumping to the pros straight out of high school:
“Well, let’s see, adidas gave me a $12 million contract. I mean, (expletive), enough said.”
Enough said? Not when it comes to this hypothetical two year rule. I think we’ll be hearing about this for quite awhile.