L.A. Lakers: Tracy McGrady Talk Is a Waste of Time, Even With a Time Machine

There's not really much news floating around the NBA since the current lockout has completely muted what would otherwise be a very active offseason.

That still doesn't mean players will not attempt to create news, the only questions are how far will they go and how outrageous can they be in order for their actions to attract major media attention.

In the case of Detroit Pistons forward Tracy McGrady, all it took was a picture he supposedly posted of himself on Twitter wearing his trademark No. 1 jersey but adorned in the Los Angeles Lakers' purple and gold.

Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer recently posted a story that is titled "Tracy McGrady wants to play for the Lakers," but there is no substantial evidence in the article to back up the claim, and furthermore, why would the Lakers even be interested?

McGrady and the Lakers have been connected in trade talks as recently as last season, but for some reason those rumors really never gained any traction, and I'm guessing this same rumor started over what could be a photo-shopped picture is destined for the same fate.

As it should be.

Don't get me wrong, I admire McGrady's almost superstar talent, and I too used to fantasize over what type of player he could be, but the reality of his potential kept getting in the way.

Some observers like to say injuries robbed McGrady of sharing the same revered space of a Kobe Bryant, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in recent NBA history, but what McGrady has accomplished on the court over his own 14-year career doesn't support that opinion.

T-Mac has averaged 20.4 points per game, 4.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds over the course of his career and although those are respectable numbers they are no way suggestive of the type of player who was once thought to hold the NBA at the end of his fingertips.

And to add a little perspective to those numbers the last time McGrady even ave...

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