Tracy McGrady channeling his inner Michael Jordan

Tracy McGrady channeling his inner Michael Jordan
February 1, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Michael Jordan left basketball during the prime of his career to give baseball a shot.

Now, former NBA star Tracy McGrady may be going down that same avenue, except for the whole prime of his career part.

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McGrady, who retired from professional basketball last season, is considering foraying into minor-league baseball. During Friday night's Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets game, ESPN commentator and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy dished out some news on McGrady's new career aspirations.

"I think he's [McGrady] going to play independent league baseball as a pitcher this year." Van Gundy said. "I'm being serious. I've heard from sources in Houston, seriously, that he's throwing over 90 miles per hour."

Van Gundy hinted that McGrady may play for the team that once employed Roger Clemens in 2012, the Sugar Land Skeeters.

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McGrady is a part-owner of an independent league baseball team in Biloxi, Mississippi that's slated to start play in 2015. McGrady was a seven-time NBA All-Star, but always described the sport of baseball as his 'first love.'

"I love baseball, that was my first love," McGrady said last fall when he finalized a deal with the independent team in Biloxi. "Even to this day I love baseball more than I love basketball."

Randy McIlvoy, a sports director at KPRC-TV in Houston, even tweeted that McGrady has been working out with a former MLB star.

If McGrady's transition to baseball comes to fruition he better hope it's nothing like Jordan's. In one season with the Birmingham Barons, MJ batted .202 with 114 strikeouts in 127 games.

There's nothing wrong with being 'Like Mike,' but just not when it has to do with a baseball diamond.