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Tracy McGrady simply known as T-mac was born on May 24 1979 in Bartow Fl to Melanise Williford and grew up in Auburndale FL He was the product of an area called the Hill in Auburndale a quaint town of about 9000 surrounded by lakes halfway between Orlando and Tampa At Aburndale he quickly became a two-sport star His first love was baseball and had aspirations of playing Major League Baseball Some Auburndale coaches where certain McGrady would be playing in a Major League ballpark instead of the NBA hardwood Tracys family has been a major influence in his life T-Mac was raised by his Mother Melanise and his Grandmother Roberta Tracy eventually grew to know both women as mom McGradys mother Melanise Williford worked as a chambermaid at a Disneyworld hotel She made a daily 90-minute commute from her home near Tampa in order to get to work each day to support the family His dad Tracy McGrady Sr has had his separate life but that does not mean he hasnt been there for Tracy My dads been around he says He did what he had to do He wasnt a bad father Joe Hopkins Tracys coach from Mount Zion Christian Academy has been a big part of Tracys life Joe taught him to respect others himself and for the game Hes my backbone Tracy says If it werent for Coach Hopkins none of this would be possible Hopkins the basketball coach at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham North Carolina received a call about Tracy from Alvin Jones Jr a basketball coach at Kathleen High a neighboring High School to Auburndale High Hopkins drove down to Orlando to go to Disney World with his family and he stopped in Auburndale to meet with Tracy and his moms Hopkins offered Tracy a scholarship to Mount Zion on the ride back to Durham with Tracy and the rest is history HIGH SCHOOL Tracys hoops tale
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