To get a good understanding of the situation, it’s important to know that Ronaldo has two main agents: Jorge Mendes and Simon de Quieroz. The former runs Ronaldo’s affairs for him, while the latter is a consultant for Mendes; they represent a large number of top players in the world, and are instrumental in the transfer market. The Ronaldo-Juventus situation has been a tense one: after four years at the Juventus, Ronaldo returned to United and signed a new £300,000-a-week, four-year deal in the summer of 2018.
It’s been five years since Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in a world record £80m move after nine seasons with the Red Devils. After everything he’d achieved, it was hard to believe that Ronaldo would leave but that’s exactly what happened. The Madrid outfit also offered him bonuses of £30m each year, which he couldn’t turn down.
The Houston Rockets are one of the most popular teams in the NBA, but not only because of their thrilling style of play. The Rockets are also one of the most charitable teams, donating over $2.3 million to various charities since 2011. Yet, one of the greatest achievements in the history of the Houston Rockets is one of the most overlooked.
Tracy McGrady led the Houston Rockets to one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history with 13 points in 33 seconds, but head coach Jeff Van Gundy was still furious. Van Gundy, ever the pragmatic, was more concerned with his team’s failure to execute against the Spurs than with McGrady’s unparalleled act of individual heroics.
Tracy McGrady shocked the Spurs by scoring 13 points in under a minute and overcoming a 10-point deficit.
When Houston played the San Antonio Spurs on December 9, 2004, Tracy McGrady was still gaining favor with Rockets fans.
In a seven-player trade with the Orlando Magic, the two-time scoring champion moved to Houston that summer. McGrady was a standout in Orlando, where he was named to four All-Star teams and won back-to-back scoring championships in 2003 and 2004. McGrady’s Rockets debut, though, got off to a shaky start in November. Through his first 14 games, he averaged 20.2 points and shot 40.7 percent from the field, with an abysmal 50.7 percent true shooting percentage.
McGrady, on the other hand, would shake off the rust against a championship Spurs club in dramatic manner.
Tracy McGrady stunned the Spurs by scoring 13 points in 33 seconds on this day in 2004.
McGrady scored the Rockets’ last 13 points of the game, bringing them back from a 76-68 deficit in record time, despite the Spurs hitting four free throws.
The game was won by Houston 81-80. pic. twitter.com/hdkWRzIkAd
December 9, 2020 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
McGrady hit a three-pointer with little over 40 seconds left to give San Antonio an eight-point lead against the Rockets. T-Mac pulled Tim Duncan into the air and scored another triple after a pair of Spurs free throws, and the following free throw reduced San Antonio’s advantage to just three points. Everyone in the audience was taken aback by what occurred next.
Duncan made two free throws to give the Spurs a five-point advantage. On the side-out inbounds play, the Rockets were on the verge of turning the ball over, but McGrady somehow recovered the ball and shot an unbelievable three over Bruce Bowen. Houston cornered Devin Brown during a San Antonio timeout, and he immediately lost possession of the ball. McGrady grabbed the lost ball and dribbled the length of the court before hitting a game-winning three.
The Rockets had won an incredible 81-80 game, with McGrady putting on one of the most memorable performances in league history. However, despite his team’s amazing comeback, Houston’s head coach took no comfort in it.
Jeff Van Gundy was enraged after McGrady led his side to an unlikely victory.
As a head coach, Jeff Van Gundy was a bit of a mystery. This is the same man who felt it was a good idea to get in the midst of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson’s brawl. He also enraged Michael Jordan by referring to him as a scam artist.
Perhaps it’s no wonder, therefore, that Van Gundy found no pleasure in the heroic acts he saw that December.
McGrady stated on a 2019 edition of ESPN’s The Jump that after the epic comeback victory, Van Gundy ripped down Rockets players in the locker room. T-Mac said that Van Gundy, who was there at the time, “shot [the comeback] down” and stated he was “on fire.”
Van Gundy had a unique perspective on the game.
The whole thing was a shambles.
-The Jump’s Jeff Van Gundy (2019)
On the surface, it’s difficult to disagree with Van Gundy’s judgment. In the last minute of play, the Rockets had 64 points. Even with McGrady’s heroics, they shot just over 35% from the field for the game.
Nonetheless, it’s difficult not to picture Van Gundy being overjoyed at the prospect of eking out a win over a quality Western Conference opponent. After tearing into the players in his postgame speech, T-Mac joked that JVG was probably high-fiving members of the coaching staff.
McGrady and JVG were never very successful as a team.
McGrady and Van Gundy were never able to get the Rockets beyond the first round of the playoffs | Sporting News via Getty Images
Unfortunately for McGrady and Van Gundy, their Rockets collaboration may be defined by the “13 points in 33 seconds” game.
Under Van Gundy, Houston never had much success in the playoffs. In two of McGrady’s first three seasons with the Rockets, the club was eliminated in the first round, and the team missed the playoffs altogether in 2005-06. Rick Adelman took over for Van Gundy before of the 2007-08 season, McGrady’s final really good year. T-knees Mac’s would be a stumbling block in his future career.
Things in Houston may not have turned out the way McGrady and Van Gundy had hoped. Even though Van Gundy’s sexy attitude took away part of T-luster, Mac’s the two remain inextricably connected by that tragic day in December 2004.
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