|Wednesday, January 29
Updated: January 30, 7:35 PM ET
McGrady wants Jordan to start final All-Star Game
ESPN.com news services
McGrady, a starter for the game, wants Jordan's kids to see their father start and will move to the bench to make it happen, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
"I have thought about this for a while. I'll do it, absolutely," McGrady told the newspaper. "For what Michael Jordan has done for this league and this game, I'll do anything.
"It's his last All-Star Game. I don't have any problem with that. I'll get in the game. I'd love to see it. I have to call the league office to see if I can do it."
Jordan plans on retiring at the end of the season.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the NBA has not yet heard from Tracy McGrady or Michael Jordan about McGrady's offer to step aside for Jordan at the All-Star game.
"We'd consider it,'' league spokesman Michael Broeker said. A Wizards spokeswoman said Thursday that Jordan had no immediate comment.
"T-Mac wanting to do that doesn't surprise me," Magic coach Doc Rivers said in the Sentinel. "As aloof as he looks, he has a real sense for the history of the game. And he doesn't look at it like he's kissing Michael's butt. He wants to beat Michael's butt any other time."
A league official told the Sentinel it's possible Jordan could start.
"That's a terrific gesture from Tracy," said the official who requested anonymity. "We'll have to see. We've made exceptions before."