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Monday Headlines: Tracy McGrady Edition

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Flashback to 24 years ago... or even two weeks ago... when collegiate athletes weren’t allowed to profit from their own name/brand/excellence. Would recruiting have been different if they were? Especially 24 years ago? You can bet on it.

The rumor of Tracy McGrady playing for Kentucky had he made the choice to play college basketball has floated around for decades. Over the weekend that conversation was once confirmed by the Hall of Famer himself.

I’m not here to say that McGrady would’ve definitely chosen the college route even if he could’ve made money, but the odds would have been better right?

Rick Bonnell of the Baltimore Sun wrote a story on McGrady in 1997, where it was confirmed McGrady inked a 12 million dollar shoe deal with Adidas following his signing with an agent.

I’ll go out on a limb and guess there wouldn’t have been any 12 million dollar endorsement deals on the table had he chosen college basketball. Besides, Bonnell also confirms that McGrady knew he was NBA bound when he realized he’d be a lottery pick.

Still, it’s a bitter-sweet thought of imagining McGrady playing on the 1998 championship team. You can add T-Mac to the list of Shawn Kemp and Dirk Nowitzki who headline the “what-if” Kentucky team.

Tweet of the Day

What a sight.

Quickies

Will Levis signs endorsement deal with Barstool Athletics - Kentucky Sports Radio

This was the top story of the day for me.

Kentucky makes the final five for Jalen Duren - Cats Illustrated

Wildcats make the Top Five, but will Memphis win him over in the end?

Rick Pitino one win away from taking Greece to Tokyo - Kentucky Sports Radio

You can say a lot of things about Pitino... but he’s still one of the best to do it.

Suns NBA Finals favorites over Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Bucks - ESPN

Who are you taking to win it all?

Chestnut wins 14th Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest with record 76 - USA Today

How many could you eat in 10 minutes?

Shohei Ohtani becomes first All-Star picked as pitcher, position player - ESPN

What a legendary season he is having.

LBJ halts prep basketball game to confront PA announcer over Bronny call - Yahoo! Sports

This seems just a *bit* dramatic.

Terry Donahue, winningest UCLA and Pac-12 football coach, dies at 77 - ESPN

RIP legend.