The Straits Times
Published on Feb 18, 2013

Basketball: McGrady's China team finish bottom


BEIJING (AFP) - Tracy McGrady's Qingdao Eagles have finished bottom of the Chinese basketball league at the end of a frustrating season for the former National Basketball Association star.

McGrady scored 30 points and nine rebounds in Sunday's 121-104 defeat to Guangdong Hongyuan, who topped the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league of 17 teams, with the top eight now qualifying for the play-offs.

Despite some impressive individual performances from former Houston Rockets shooting guard McGrady, his first season has been marked by poor results with Qingdao winning just eight of their 32 games.

The 33-year-old arrived in China to a hero's welcome before the season started in November, but Qingdao went on a winless streak until late December.