By Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle : Tracy McGrady said Monday that he would make his season debut Nov. 18.
But the Rockets said neither they nor McGrady knows when he would go through a full practice, much less a game.
McGrady’s announcement was contrary to comments by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who had said earlier Monday that there is no timetable for McGrady to play and that he would not play until he can be checked out in the Rockets’ next full practice, Nov. 23.
In an e-mail to Yahoo Sports, McGrady said he would play Nov. 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
In his blog later, he disputed Morey’s contention that his participation in practice has been "off and on" but did not target a date for his return.
"I have been practicing, training, and rehabbing hard for my return to the court," McGrady wrote. "I’m in a good place mentally and my body feels ready to get back out there, so now I am just waiting on my doctors to give me the clearance to go ahead to play. I’m going full speed at practice and am not being held out of drills anymore. I’m hoping to get out there as soon as possible, and with everything that my doctors have been telling me, it sounds like that will be sooner rather than later."
But Morey had said earlier Monday that McGrady, 30, has been able only to practice sporadically and would not play until doctors and team officials consider him to be 100 percent.