Tracy McGrady: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Shooting Guards

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Learn the Incredible Story of Basketball Superstar Tracy McGrady!

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In Tracy McGrady: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Shooting Guards, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's superstar shooting guard, Tracy McGrady. T-Mac rocked the basketball world in the early 2000s by quickly blossoming into a perennial All-Star with the Orlando Magic. While he struggled later on in his career with injury problems, fans remember Tracy McGrady for his incredible explosiveness and thrilling ability to get to the basket.

He may not have ever won an NBA Championship, but T-Mac certainly left a lasting legacy in the NBA, as other greats such as Kobe Bryant cite Tracy McGrady as one of his toughest matchups to ever play against.

Here is a preview of what is inside this book:
  • Early Life and Childhood
  • High School Years
  • Tracy’s NBA Career
  • Getting Drafted and Rookie Season
  • Second Season, Vince Carter's Arrival
  • Improving Star, First Playoff Season
  • The Move to Orlando & Becoming the Most Improved Player
  • Carrying the Magic
  • Back-to-Back Scoring Championships
  • First Season in Houston
  • Injury-Plagued Season
  • Final All-Star Season
  • Final Run of a Superstar Shooting Guard
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Ending Days of a Once Great Superstar, Retirement
  • McGrady’s Personal Life
  • T-Mac’s Impact on Basketball and Beyond
  • Tracy McGrady’s Legacy
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Can there be such a thing in basketball as too much talent?Outside of the basketball court, we frequently talk about those who get too talented, too quickly. Some people grow up to be natural geniuses. However, these geniuses coast on their talents and never become diligent or mature enough to fulfill their potential. Sometimes, they get surpassed by those of lesser talent, but who have learned to work hard thanks to their lack of talent. “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.” That’s a saying that applies to today’s reality. No matter how much talent you have, hard workers always trump your talent whenever you don’t work half as hard as they do.

When we look at Tracy McGrady, you could argue that he was the most talented shooting guard ever – maybe even above Jordan and Kobe. There was nothing McGrady could not do. He was a bigger wingman than any other superstar shooting guard in history. He was just as athletic as any other great off-guard the league has ever had. Plus, T-Mac had the skills that could rival those of Mike and Bryant. While McGrady’s high school career was not very distinguished, the potential that he showed at a single basketball camp was so immense that he went straight from high school to an NBA lottery pick. After several seasons as a role player, McGrady eventually developed into one of the premier superstars in the NBA and led his teams to regular season wins and the playoffs season after season. While McGrady was blessed with more natural talent than almost all NBA players, he was cursed to have some of the worst teammates for any NBA superstar. When he played for the Toronto Raptors in the early part of his career, he was a teenager playing alongside Marcus Camby, Doug Christie, Damon Stoudamire, and his cousin Vince Carter. At that point in his life, he was seldom used and was merely a role player who was trying to get his huge break as a star. When he played in Orlando, he was paired with the often-injured Grant Hill. It was when he moved to Houston when he was able to play for a good playoff team as he was teamed up with the 7’6” Chinese center, Yao Ming. However, injuries to him and Yao hindered the Rockets from playing their best.

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Clayton Geoffreys was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. Growing up, Clayton could often be found spending afternoons reading in the local public library about management techniques and leadership styles, along with overall outlooks towards life. It was from spending those afternoons reading about how others have led productive lives that Clayton was inspired to write this book. Usually Clayton write works around sports to learn more about influential athletes in the hopes that from his writing, you the reader can walk away inspired to put in an equal if not greater amount of hard work and perseverance to pursue your goals. If you are a sports junkie like Clayton, you can read his sports-related works on Steve Nash, Stephen Curry, Vince Carter, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Tim Duncan, Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson, and Karl Malone. Clayton also wrote 88 Productivity Hacks: Key Habits on How to Beat Stress, Achieve Goals, and Live a Fulfilling Life, which can also be found in the Kindle Store.

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