6:03PM EDT October 10. 2012
In his prime, Tracy McGrady was two-time NBA scoring champion, dunking on dudes on a regular basis.
Now in the twilight of his career at the age of 33, T-Mac has opted to take his aging basketball talents to China to finish his career.
The seven-time NBA all-star announced on Wednesday that he's headed to play for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association via his website with a post titled, "Goodbye NBA, Hello China."
Multiple Chinese media outlets are reporting the one-year contract is worth $1 million.
McGrady, who last played for the Atlanta Hawks and saw his career production dwindle due to multiple injuries, expressed excitement to play in China, but treated his departure to the NBA as a farewell.
"As I enter this next chapter, I am excited to play for Qingdao Eagles in China," McGrady wrote on his website. "I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country. It will be an honor to play for them. Thank you to every fan that has followed me and believed in me. Injuries and all, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I am proud of the mark I left on this game and am grateful to have been a part this league. It was a dream to play in front of all of you, each night, in every stadium. Thank you."
T-Mac在自己的網站上面說 (引用於我自己翻譯的外電，全文可以看這篇 http://sky611713.pixnet.net/blog/post/51349432 )
McGrady will be one of the highest profile players in the CBA, particularly because he played with Chinese basketball star Yao Ming during their days with the Houston Rockets.
"Yao, we shared an experience together that will always be with me, thank you," McGrady wrote.
McGrady's goodbye post to the NBA on his website read more like a Hall of Fame speech. He thanked a list of random people from Mugsy Bogues to Stephen A. Smith to Jeff Van Gundy.
T-Mac在個人網站PO的告別NBA文稿讀起來倒比較像是入選名人堂的演說(XD)。他列出一長串他想要感謝的人的名單，包刮了Mugsy Bogues、Stephen A. Smith和Jeff Van Gundy。
He even thanked Kobe Bryant.
"Kobe, you made me work harder and it was an honor to play against you," he wrote.
Could McGrady be the next Stephon Marbury and get a statue in China for his basketball efforts? Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to the CBA championship in the 2011-12 season and has revitalized his career away from the NBA.
附贈一張網友自己合成的照片，心裡只有一句話叫做What The Fxxx...