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McGrady blasts at 'unfairness' in CBA league

Updated: 2013-02-20 16:37
( Xinhua)

QINGDAO - Ex-NBA super star Tracy McGrady expressed his discontentment over the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league and said he would skip the league's All-Star game for family issue.

"I think all teams should be treated fairly and this is how they should run their league," said the 33-year-old guard, who formerly played for NBA's Houston Rockets alongside the highly famed Chinese center Yao Ming.

"Fans paid to see the players, so it should let players indeed take the outcome and let the better team win," he added.

McGrady, as known as T-Mac, just finished his first CBA season with Qingdao Eagles who lost their last regular season match away to league leaders Guangzhou on Sunday and failed to grab a playoff berth.

The American announced through his twitter-like Chinese micro blog on Monday afternoon that he won't show up at this weekend's CBA All-Star game though being voted to lead the North District squad.

"My grandmother has been sick for a couple of weeks, and I have to go home to see her. Therefore, I can't show up in the all-star game," he said at his weibo.com account.

Reviewing his four-month CBA journey, McGrady said the only thing that made him uncomfortable was the secrets which go on with CBA.

"Fairness is the major issue on which CBA should improve, and it's beneficial for players," he said.

He even warned those "gold-diggers" from NBA to CBA that rules could be different across the ocean.

"If any NBA player wants to come to CBA, he should be a team player, a leader and a teacher," he said.

"Meanwhile, he should keep his motion in check. I mean there is fairness for any game in NBA, and if you come here, things might not go in your way," he said.

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