Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O’Neal Preparation to Introduce Player Representation Company
Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O’Neal understand what it’s like to go into the NBA out of high school.
They likewise know what it’s like to be among the finest gamers in the NBA, bounce around to a variety of different teams and see their primes fizzle out earlier than expected because of injuries or drop-off in play.
They are all set to share their understanding with the next generation of expert hoopers.
According to Marc Stein of the New York City Times, McGrady and O’Neal strategy on starting a gamer representation agency in the fall and calling it Seven1 Sports Group and Home Entertainment, which is a mash-up of the jersey numbers they wore during their careers (O’Neal was No. 7 and McGrady was No. 1).
The strategy is for McGrady to be the co-owner and an advisor, and he’ll likely leave his relaying function with ESPN. As for O’Neal, he plans on being a partner and taking the National Basketball Players Association test in January to become a signed up agent.
They also prepare on contending against high-profile companies such as Klutch Sports, Excel Sports and BDA Sports for players considering the 2021 NBA draft.
Stein described the two former players had actually talked about making such a relocation in the past but got a brand-new level of seriousness in their discussions during the COVID-19 pandemic with additional time to stay at house and consider the future.
” We believe it’s required, and we have a passion for it,” McGrady said. “We’re around kids each and every single day since we have youth programs. It simply makes sense. We see the lack of info that these kids are getting, so we would be doing a disservice to our people if we don’t lend our know-how of what we understand and help direct them. This is a calling that we have.”
O’Neal has experience beyond his playing days having actually dealt with young players such as RJ Hampton and Tyrese Maxey at his Drive Nation sports complex in Irving, Texas.
” There’s no magic wand for this,” O’Neal stated. “We’re not attempting to say we’re the magic wand. But we’re going to be different. You can’t call another pair of individuals who have had the level of success and the ups and downs that we’ve had in our professions.”
McGrady played from 1997-98 through 2011-12 and experienced the highs of being on the list of the very best players in the league as a two-time scoring champion who was inducted into the Hall of Popularity.
He also experienced the lows of dealing with injuries that drastically interrupted his prime. In fact, he didn’t play after the age of 33 and balanced single-digit scoring overalls in his final three years in the league.
O’Neal played from 1996-97 through 2013-14 and also handled injuries sometimes throughout his career.
He was a six-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA choice, although, similar to McGrady, he averaged single-digit scoring numbers in his last four seasons as he had a hard time to replicate his prime.