It’s no secret Tracy McGrady was always a superb athlete.
Word is the former NBA star’s next move is an attempt at a career as a professional baseball player. During Friday night’s broadcast on ESPN when the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder, former Rockets coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy threw this out there:
“Speaking real quickly of McGrady, I think he’s 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 said McGrady will try to play for the Sugar Land Skeeters if he decides to pitch. McGrady wouldn’t be the first star athlete that has played for the Skeeters. Roger Clemens made a brief appearance in 2012 when he started two games at Constellation Field. His son, Koby, is still a catcher for the Skeeters.
McGrady played for the Rockets for six years – from 2004-2010 – and went on to play for four more NBA teams as well as a team in China before retiring after last season when he played for the San Antonio Spurs. He and his wife, CleRenda, have a home in Houston.