Tracy McGrady had an incredibly honest moment in his Basketball Hall of Fame speech. It started with him talking about how he was with his wife in the elevator, and she asked him to look at the mirror and say he belonged in the Hall of Fame.
The 38-year-old – who spent more than a decade in the NBA and was a seven-time All-Star, yet never won a championship – said he couldn’t bring himself to say it. But, he says, he’s thankful to have people in his life who believe in him even when he doesn’t believe in himself.
“See my wife knew something about me in that elevator that I had yet to admit and say out loud. There was a reason she wanted me to look at myself in that mirror and say I deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, and there was also a reason I couldn’t do it. In those split moments that she asked me to say out loud that I deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, I had a zillion thoughts in my mind why I didn’t deserve to be in it. I started thinking of all these NBA greats who had accomplished so many great things, and then I began comparing myself to them.
“It’s way too easy to focus on what you don’t have than what you didn’t accomplish, and I’m grateful for those people that saw in me, believed in me, when, just maybe, when I always didn’t believe in myself. People who actually saw the man and not just the athlete.
“One thing I’ve learned in those 15 years of playing is the power of perseverance, faith and pushing through even when the odds are against you, even when they said you wouldn’t last three years in the league, even when your work ethic was criticized, and even when you come from nothing and enter into the amazing world of the NBA without a name, without a track record and without any proof that you deserve a chance.”
It was a powerful moment that shows former NBA stars are people too. They have the same doubts and worries as we do. However, the thing about McGrady is that there are probably millions of people around the world who respect his career and believe he definitely belongs in the HOF club.
Here’s the proof:
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