Tracy McGrady talks about the time he considered used performance enhancing drugs to help himself recover from injury.
This summer, McGrady officially walked away from the NBA after a career which was ravaged by injuries, and poor timing. While on Open Court, T-Mac talks about the time he was recovering from a knee injury and it was taking awhile, plus he was not getting to where he wanted. The former Houston Rocket says he toyed with the idea of trying P.E.D.s to get an edge, and get back on the court.
Ultimately, he decided against it once he saw all the side effects, but the point he makes is that he did seriously consider it.
I actually considered, I considered, getting an advantage. If that meant doing it illegally, I considered it. [...]
With the era that we're in, in baseball with a lot of guys doing it. Obviously, they're doing it to stay healthy. [...]
I never crossed that line, cause I read up on it and saw the side effects and everything that could happen.
I don't even know where to start with this one. The easy answer is that these are illegal drugs, and banned, so he just should not use them, but P.E.D.s are a part of professional sports no matter how much the leagues want you to believe otherwise. Had McGrady taken them, and seriously increased his recovery, would we be viewing him in a different light. What if he was able to add 3-4 more high level elite years onto his career? He's no longer a borderline Hall Of Famer, but then a sure-fire member.
It's commendable for T-Mac to be so open about this, and gives you insight by how devastating it was to him to miss all those games, and not fully realize the potential of his career.