McGrady blasts at 'unfairness' in CBA league

Updated: 2013-02-20 16:37


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The major unfairness McGrady referred to was that the CBA referees didn't give a shot-clock violation penalty to the home team in key time of the match between Qingdao and Bayi on Jan 9.

He called the referees "blind mice" and was banned for one match for the outburst.

McGrady averaged 25 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his first CBA season, though his Qingdao Eagles finished the regular season as the bottom team.

"At the beginning of the season, it looked like I was such a big icon over there, all my teammates wanted me to come to save the day and they just sat back and watched T-Mac to do the magnificence. It's not the case," the seven-time NBA All-Star said.

The Eagles suffered 12 straight losses at the very beginning and McGrady said it was really a tough time for him.

"But these guys made great progression over the season and got back to their normal way of playing. The transformation is good and it's good to see their growth," McGrady said.

Referring what he did in the team's progression, McGrady said it's all about motivating.

"I told them if you don't play well, use that as a motivation and come back. Don't walk around with head down and feel sorry for yourself, because you are going to play and not going to be sorry for in next game," he said.

Another tough thing for McGrady was being away from his family.

"It is tough for me leaving four young kids at home and letting my wife take care all of them. My wife was able to come here during Christmas, but the time was not just right for my kids. I haven't seen my kids for four and half months," he said.

Asked whether he will stay in CBA next season, McGrady said he had three choices: "I can go back to NBA or stay in CBA, and I also can just sit home and watch basketball, staying with my family and coming to China to do some business."

McGrady said it was the passionate Chinese fans who made his CBA journey worthwhile.

"I am really grateful for them, and I am very humble for the love and appreciation Chinese fans show to me. I couldn't believe it, it's just overwhelming," he said.

No matter Qingdao was at home or away, as long as McGrady was there, there were always cheers for him.

"To all T-Mac fans in China, I just want to say thank you and I love you. You guys are with me for so long, and the support you give me is unbelievable and you guys are the best fans in the world," he said.

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