Retired NBA star Tracy McGrady making the switch to baseball


Former NBA star Tracy McGrady has a new sports career on his mind. The retired seven-time NBA All-Star has plans to make the switch to baseball.

TMac will be a pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters, a team in the independent Atlantic League.

“Just having a tryout for a minor league team is more fulfilling than anything I can imagine as far as baseball,” McGrady told by phone Tuesday. “I’m just going to train as hard as I can and pursue my dream. Where this takes me, I don’t know.

“I’m doing this for the love of the game. I’ve made money. The Atlantic League doesn’t have salaries like the major leagues. So this is a kid who’s trying to fulfill his dream. This isn’t a gimmick. I’ve played baseball. I know the game of baseball. And I’m going after what I’ve always wanted to do.”

McGrady spent the last part of 2013’s NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs.