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McGrady calls it a day

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFP) – Two-time league scoring champion Tracy McGrady, a member of the playoff runner-up San Antonio Spurs last season, announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association on Monday.

The seven-time all-star McGrady also played in the Chinese Basketball Association last season for the Qingdao Eagles.

`’Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, seven all-stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA,” McGrady said.

In April, McGrady left China and signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He appeared in six playoff games for the Spurs who lost in the NBA finals to the Miami Heat.

The 34-year-old McGrady was the ninth overall pick in the 1997 draft out of high school. In 2001, he was named the NBA’s most improved player.

McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 938 career games with Toronto, Orlando, Houston, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and San Antonio.