Free Agent Players

From Fair Pay, Fair Play pages 52-75.

In January 2005, Tracy McGrady made this admission about his play with the Orlando Magic in the 2003-04 season:

“You can sit there and say I’m making millions of dollars and I should play hard every night and how can I not? It’s not that easy. In those situations, you forget about how much you’re making. It becomes so hard to get up for every game. Every finger is pointing at me. And I’m not going to sit here and say I played my hardest every night. I’m not going to say I played good defense every night. But this is a team game. How can you play if you don’t trust your teammates?”

This prompted Orlando-Sentinel commentator Mike Bianchi to write a piece about that admission. He noted what Magic (and all fans) want—and have a right to expect: “Magic fans don’t ask all that much. Their demands are really quite reasonable. They don’t expect the team to win every night. They don’t expect the team to win the championship every year. They don’t even expect to make the playoffs all the time. But what they do expect for their good money is a good effort.”

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