Tracy McGrady is off to spring training

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Michael Jordan tried the basketball-to-baseball experiment in the 1990's and it didn't go very well.

Tracy McGrady is trying to do a little bit better.

McGrady spent 15 season in the NBA, but will begin this spring in minor league baseball with the Sugarland Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

"Baseball is my first love," McGrady told ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning

"I retired at 34, still young enough to do it," he added. The seven-time NBA All-Star was drafted straight out of high school by the Toronto Raptors in 1997, and also played for the Orlando Magic, where he won two scoring titles, the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and San Antonio Spurs.

He bounced around the league later in his career due to back problems, which limited his effectiveness on the court, but they are not bothering his fastball.

McGrady told the morning show that his velocity could get as high as the upper 80's, and he's got four pitches in his repertoire, including a splitter and a slider.

He also said that he was quite serious about the baseball opportunity.

"This is not a gimmick."

"This is something I'm taking seriously, as if I'm getting ready for an NBA training camp."

The Sugarland Skeeters open their regular season on April 24.


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