AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Tracy McGrady wants to follow Michael Jordan's path to the national pastime.
retired seven-time NBA All-Star is aiming to become a baseball player,
and plans to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent
Atlantic League. That's the same team that Roger Clemens pitched for a
couple of years ago.
Jordan famously played in the Chicago White
Sox organization in 1994 during his first retirement from basketball,
reaching the Double-A level.
A statement from the Skeeters says that it is a "lifelong dream" of McGrady's to play baseball.
has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training
program," the statement said. "We look forward to monitoring his
The 34-year-old McGrady played for several teams,
including the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He last played in the
NBA in the 2011-12 season.
The Skeeters last made national headlines when Clemens pitched two games for them in 2012 at age 50.
made seven consecutive All-Star games from 2001-07. The 6-foot-8
McGrady, natural right-hander, was drafted out of high school with the
ninth overall pick in 1997 by the Toronto Raptors. He spent his first
three seasons with the Raptors before becoming a star with the Magic. He
spent four years with the Magic and led the NBA scoring in both the
2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
He then joined the Rockets where he teamed with Yao Ming to help Houston to three playoff appearances.
played for the Knicks, Detroit and Atlanta after a six-year stint with
the Rockets. He retired with more than 18,000 points and more than 5,000
rebounds in his career.