Tracy McGrady says he'd like to go back to Orlando


Thumbnail image for mcgrady_Knick.jpgTracy McGrady wants an NBA job next year. A good one. Ideally as the revered veteran who adds experience and a little spark to a title contender. That would get him a ring and an ego boost — two birds, one stone.

So sure, he likes the idea of playing for his hometown Orlando next year, as he told the New York Post. And anyone else that would listen.

“Of course because it’s home, that’s home,” McGrady said yesterday before the Knicks’ 118-90 loss to the Blazers at Rose Garden. “I hated it that I left. I hated I left because I established myself there and made a name for myself. It was a situation where the GM [John Weisbrod] that was there made a huge mistake…”

“They got him out of there because he was out of his mind,” McGrady said of Weisbrod.

Weisbrod had a little Isiah Thomas in him — trades bad, draft good. He got death threats from Orlando fans over the seven-player McGrady trade and breaking up that team. Then he turned around and drafted Dwight Howard (kind of a gimme in the top spot, unless you loved Emeka Okafor) and he traded in that draft or the rights to Jameer Nelson (trading a future first rounder).

But this is about McGrady. Who would probably love to play in Orlando, but will be reminded that beggars can’t be choosers this summer.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.