The last part of the decade we saw two great superstars who are future hall of famers are in danger of getting unemployed being on top doesn’t mean you stay there on top there are no guarantees basketball is an evolving game it is a continuous learning where you hone your craft through years of experienced and hard work. 4 to 6 years ago who would have thought former MVP and scoring champion Allen Iverson and seventh time All-star and 2003-04 scoring champion Tracy Mcgrady’s situation now. Allen Iverson who have been a consistent scoring machine have been without a team for almost a month after the Memphis Grizzlies release Allen when the disgruntled Iverson was unhappy on his role in getting off the bench. Aside from his skills there are no other good qualities for the 6-foot guard you can emulate in. He doesn’t have good relations with his teammates, he doesn’t like to practice and he has a massive ego. His previous team that drafted him took the risk in signing back their former franchise player seeing such great talent putting it to waste. Iverson was back to where he started but instead of taking the Sixers to greater heights like the way he brought them to the finals in 2001 they are now struggling and found themselves on the bottom top with 10-23 record just 7 games ahead by the hapless New Jersey Nets.
Tracy Mcgrady’s situation is totally different from Iverson. When the Houston Rockets lost Tracy Mcgrady due to injuries last season they battled their way out and was resilient throughout the course of the season giving the defending champions Lakers a scare when they took the series to seven games despite losing also their prized center Yao Ming. With all the adversities they overcome the Rockets become accustomed without their All-stars in their line-up. They are used to be playing as a team, diving loose balls, taking the charge and fluid passing good news for the Rockets bad news for Yao and Mcgrady. Yao is still a good used for the Rockets with his 7-foot-6 height and shot blocking ability he also has good post moves and can intimidate players driving to the basket but in Mcgrady he is in a crowded position with coach Adelman preferring to use young bloods in Trevor Ariza and rookie Chase Budinger. Tracy Mcgrady had been put in a situation where in he had been a distraction to the team. The Rockets as a group have learned to play fast and competitive throughout Mcgrady and Yao’s injuries and Mcgrady who is still recovering from a knee injury is used to playing backcourt offense. After his comeback game with limited minutes Mcgrady decided to leave the Rockets and move on. The problem would be that Tracy has still a year left on his contract and I don’t see any team willing to pay for his 23 million dollar salary. It’s too risky and who would want to trade with a dollar sign on his head and a busted knee.
The wheel turns as it is whether you’re up or down but no matter how low or how down you are the Brightside is that when you hit rock bottom there’s nothing to go but up. We might not see these two superstars back on their old form again but whatever it is I hope they went down trying.