View Full Version : Tmac plans to retire at 30
11-16-2006, 08:36 PM
Said playing 10 yrs in the NBA the wear and tear has diminished his skills, plans to retire at the end of his contract and probably play baseball.
11-16-2006, 08:49 PM
it was an interview on tnt during the game.
11-16-2006, 09:24 PM
To play baseball?
11-16-2006, 10:23 PM
He wants to surpass LeBron.
And being more like Jordan is the plan.
11-16-2006, 10:32 PM
So does this mean he was a bad pick for my keeper league...?
11-16-2006, 11:58 PM
Shaq said the exact same thing 10 years ago.
11-19-2006, 05:00 PM
he plans on it but, i suspect that if presented with a new contract- all of a sudden his mind has changed.
11-19-2006, 10:25 PM
11-20-2006, 01:36 PM
Did he get caught gambling on basketball, too?
I guess he really is the Air Apparent afterall.
11-20-2006, 02:58 PM
TMac's reasons do make sense. I also saw the interview. He is apparently doing it for health reasons. Considering he sat out a considerable part of last year with a bad back it is certainly possible.
11-20-2006, 03:03 PM
I know twisting my body around while swinging a bat, always helped my back rest!!!
11-20-2006, 04:02 PM
While I think TMac is really just talking here and would only likely retire that early if his back turns into a Grant Hill-type situation, this does once again bring up an interesting subject:
How long will these high-school guys last?
In all of the Big 3 American sports, a player's athletic prime is generally considered to be from 28-32. Before 28, the experience and understanding usually isn't as good. After 32, the body starts to break down and despite having better knowledge of how to play the sport, the body can't respond well enough to do everything the brain wants it to do.
But what about the KGs, Kobes, etc.? Do they then hit their prime at 26? 25?
By 30, will the extra "mileage" on their legs make their prime end at 30?
For us, it's good that JO played so few minutes in Portland. Given this, you'd think he would theoretically be on the same track as someone who did the traditional NCAA thing---or possibly even better off since he didn't ever play more than 15 minutes of competitive basketball after high school until he was 22 years old.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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