Houston News: Tracy McGrady Takes Shot At A Baseball Career.

By Phillip Pyle

Nov 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets former player Tracy McGrady cheers against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The folks over at Larry Brown Sports have reported that ex-Houston Rockets All-Star  Tracy McGrady has indeed begun training to attempt a career as a professional baseball pitcher.

During Friday night’s NBA on ESPN broadcast, McGrady’s name came up while Van Gundy and partner Mike Breen were discussing Kevin Durant’s remarkable 12-game streak with 30 or more points. McGrady actually had a 14-game streak during the 2002-2003 season, which is the second longest streak all-time.

That tidbit then segued into Van Gundy revealing McGrady is considering a switch to baseball as a pitcher.

“Speaking real quickly of McGrady, I think he’s going to play independent league baseball as a pitcher this year. In the independent league,” Van Gundy said.

“I’m being serious. I’ve heard from sources in Houston — seriously — that he’s throwing over 90 miles per hour. The Sugar Land Skeeters — Roger Clemens pitched for them last year, it was awesome.”

Randy McIlvoy of KPRC in Houston later confirmed Van Gundy’s impromptu report after speaking with his sources close to the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Sources w/the @SL_Skeeters tell me that Tracy McGrady is eyeing pro baseball as a pitcher. CLocked at 91 MPH. Working out for 2 months.

— Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) February 1, 2014

I am also told that Tracy McGrady’s workout routine has been 2-3 times/wk throwing & working some w/Roger Clemens. @SL_Skeeters#hounews

— Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) February 1, 2014

Tracy McGrady had an incredible run as a NBA star, but was subdued by injuries that ended his career after 16 seasons. If McGrady can work his way up the Houston Astros, need basically anyone that can run and catch, and the amount of publicly would be enormous. Interesting to see where this story goes.