*Tracy McGrady wants to pull a Michael Jordan and test his talent in baseball.
The retired seven-time NBA All-Star is aiming to join America’s national pastime as a pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, reports ESPN.com. It’s the same team that Roger Clemens pitched for a couple of years ago.
Jordan famously played in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1994 during his first retirement from basketball, reaching the Double-A level.
McGrady knows his baseball career is a long shot, but he loves the game enough to give it a try.
“Just having a tryout for a minor league team is more fulfilling than anything I can imagine as far as baseball,” McGrady told ESPN.com by phone Tuesday. “I’m just going to train as hard as I can and pursue my dream. Where this takes me, I don’t know.
“I’m doing this for the love of the game. I’ve made money. The Atlantic League doesn’t have salaries like the major leagues. So this is a kid who’s trying to fulfill his dream. This isn’t a gimmick. I’ve played baseball. I know the game of baseball. And I’m going after what I’ve always wanted to do.”
A statement from the Skeeters says that it is a “lifelong dream” of McGrady’s to play baseball.
“McGrady has demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program,” the statement said. “We look forward to monitoring his progress.”
The 34-year-old McGrady played for several teams, including the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season.
The Skeeters last made national headlines when Clemens pitched two games for them in 2012 at age 50.