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There's a reason he ain't nicknamed "T-MacArthur"

April 22, 2009 |  1:26 pm

Over the last 24 hours or so, the NBA world has been all a-twitter over Tracy McGrady's prediction that the Lakers will come out on top in the race for the NBA title.  The focus, however, is mostly been T-Mac's endorsement itself of the Laker (and opinion that the Cavs may not be ready).  How it's yet another example of how everyone seems to consider it the Lake Show's O'Brien to lose.  How the average NBA player can't help but marvel at the Lakers' talent.  And considering his prediction is simpatico with mine, I can't help but find it reasonable.

Except for one thing...

The Houston Rockets team T-Mac technically plays for is still in the freakin' playoffs!!!

Seriously, what kind of professional athlete doesn't pick his own team to win it all while in the postseason's thick?  Injured or not, dude's still on Houston's roster (and cashing their checks).  McGrady must be mentally detached on a comically grand scale to name anyone but the Rockets.  I don't care if he doesn't actually believe it in his heart of hearts.  He shouldn't.  They won't win it all.  But dude, are you kidding me

Put it this way.  Ron Artest, who's certainly earned his rep as a cat who'll float a statement charitably defined as "odd," seemed more than a little surprised when informed of these comments from his "teammate."  Ron Ron did his best to cover, claiming that that must have been an imposter talking.  "He has total confidence in us." 


For those wondering how the Rockets have managed to find a season's worth of solid success without their franchise player available, this might lend some insight.  The man may be perhaps lacking something as a leader. 

For those interested, here are the podcasts for T-Mac and Artest.  The latter is very entertaining.  FYI.  Ron Ron's pick as Houston's "ace in the hole": One Von Wafer.  Who says the man is nuts?