The Detroit Pistons’ most pleasant surprise of the season, reserve Tracy McGrady, has decided to join the ever-growing chorus of those criticizing LeBron James and the Miami Heat. McGrady says L.B. should have taken his talents to Chicago:
“[Chicago] was a better decision, a better place for him,” McGrady told the Daily News. “You can’t just go somewhere and have that type of chemistry he had in Cleveland.”
McGrady’s professional diagnosis is that James and guard Dwyane Wade can’t play well with each other.
“When they’re on the court together, they’re terrible,” McGrady told the paper. “Him and D-Wade don’t complement each other. They’re somewhat the same type of players, ‘Bron and D-Wade. … Both of those guys need the ball, and they don’t shoot the ball like Ray Allen. That’s why they’re having trouble scoring in the halfcourt, because they can’t get a rhythm, because one of them is dominating the ball. That guy might be getting off, but the other guy [isn't].”
I’m sure some will view this as piling on, but there are a couple reasons that I give McGrady’s candid comments a little weight. First, championing a situation in Chicago is somewhat surprising given McGrady’s recent flirtation with and rejection by said Bulls team early this offseason. The team basically determined McGrady wasn’t and probably couldn’t be healthy. Given that assessment was leaked from the team and could impact a comeback effort, I could see McGrady harboring a little resentment toward the club. Secondly, McGrady has always seemed like a player with a superior basketball mind to match up with his prodigious talents. I remember being impressed with his analysis of the pairing of himself and Yao Ming once he left Orlando for Houston way back when. And now that his explosive athleticism has diminished, I think Pistons fans are seeing the terrific, cerebral player McGrady was all along.
Given that it could drown in a sea of instant analysis and speculation about the fate of head coach Erick Spoelstra, I wonder if this will even make a ripple in the waters of Miami as Detroit is set to play the Heat Wednesday.