Thu, Oct 25th 2012, 13:11
Tracy McGrady is greeted by thousands of screaming fans as he lands in Qingdao for the next step in his career, Lei Lei and Xie Chuanjiao report.
Surrounded by more than 100 photographers and about 2,000 screaming fans, former NBA star Tracy McGrady arrived in Qingdao, his new basketball home, on Wednesday morning.
The seven-time NBA All-Star will add a new chapter to his storied on-court career with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles during the 2012-2013 CBA season, which starts in late November, and his goal is a championship.
“I am looking forward to playing here for the following four months,” McGrady said on Wednesday.
“Winning the CBA championship is my ultimate goal. It will take a lot of work and dedication. For myself, I just want to go out and make my team better. I hope whatever we do, we can look back and say we gave it our all.”
After landing in Qingdao at 8:40 am, the 2.03-meter forward appeared in front of fans and media 30 minutes later.
His appearance drew hundreds of flashing cameras and loud shouts of his nickname, “T-Mac”, from the fans.
Dai Yawei, a sophomore at Qingdao Technological University, was among an early group who arrived at the airport at 6 am to greet their idol.
“McGrady has been my favorite basketball player since 2003,” Dai told China Daily. “I will definitely go to watch him play and cheer for him.”
Tracy | on 29/10/12
Come On, T-MAC!!!
ziqian | on 29/10/12
mac, do u remmember me ?u sai i“m your favotite chinese fan on skilzlab site,i love u ,i will see u next day in qingdao ,hope u well. i love u very much..
Aeron Gerich Co | on 29/10/12
Hi T-Mac! I’m just curious why you’ll be wearing jersey #9 for the Qingdao Eagles?
seanlee | on 29/10/12
hi ,mac, it has been several days after you reach qingdao .
i have read some of the news and watched some videos . here’s what i feel and suggestion.
1.qingdao is a team which lack of good player this year. because you came here, things are gonna to change. i guess maybe qingdao can reach top three. But , if not so hopeful ,try to be top 5 or top 9.This is first year and if everything goes well , the team will get other NBA helper for you .
2.boss is boss , no matter he understand and love basketball or not. and chinese boss love to sit/stand at the center in a press conference. in US we can make a joke with president,in China, i think better NOT in public .
3.coach is coach , you know the coach is korean . the training system is different ,and maybe not so efficient and resonable. you can give advice but do you best first.
4.don’t confused or unhappy by the bad internet speed or some details of the conference is not well pre-prepaired .qingdao already does it’s best i think .even not , try to understand that you are in China , in qingdao .
5.You will spent more money than others if you buy things in some small places .you can learn how to bargain . haha
Anyway what i worried maybe not so nessisary .
Joshua Sowells | on 28/10/12
Good luck in China
Jane | on 25/10/12
McGrady has been my hero since 2004,no matter how he changes,i will definitely cheer for him.