Tracy McGrady is very popular in China — he was still a relatively high-flying star with the Houston Rockets when Yao Ming was a dominant NBA center. You know, back when everyone in China was watching and rooting for the Rockets. Then, after McGrady played 16 NBA seasons, he suited up for one more in the Chinese Basketball Association to cash in on that popularity.
His star has not yet faded over there.
He’s so big in China he got his jersey retired — somewhere, we’re not exactly sure where — after his 2015 summer tour of the country. There is video proof.