Superstar Tracy "TMAC" McGrady began his offseason with
a visit to Germany. He spent the first three days of his trip
in Berlin, opening a top European basketball camp, the adidas
EURO abc Camp and attending the "Mellowpark Jam", an
inner-city event aimed at providing urban Berlin youth with the
opportunity to participate in sporting activities. The last two
days of his trip were spent in Herzogenaurach, the Headquarters
of adidas-Salomon AG.
was part of the official opening ceremony of the adidas EURO abc
Camp. The camp featured top junior players from eight countries
and top international coaches from five nations. TMAC was impressed
with the level of play at the camp, mentioning the Spanish Junior
National Team guard, Sergio Rodriguez, specifically, "Some
of these kids have got game, the point guard from Spain has definitely
got a future in this sport." He worked out with the kids
during a morning and an afternoon session, being both an active
participant and an "unofficial coach".
Tracy McGrady takes flight in front
of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
(click on image to enlarge)
The camp is part of the adidas global basketball camp network,
which includes the adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. The
ABCD Camp is run by basketball guru Sonny Vacarro and has been
the "coming out" party for NBA stars such as Tracy McGrady,
Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury and Jermaine O'Neal.
TMAC and his group went to the adidas Headquarters in southern
Germany. TMAC and adidas CEO, Herbert Hainer, introduced the new
T-MAC 3 (will hit retailers on November 1, 2003) to the crowd.
"It is a great feeling to have your own shoe. Each year I
have worked with the adidas design team to make the shoe even
better. I can tell you that the T-MAC 3 is the best one yet,"
added TMAC. Both the T-MAC 1 (launched in January 2002) and the
T-MAC 2 (launched November, 2002) quickly became the number one
selling sports shoe in the US.
put on a basketball show for the adidas employees and the media.
A three on three tournament took place at the adidas World of
Sports complex. The games featured teams led by TMAC, his brother
Chance McGrady and Bob Myers of TMAC's management agency, SFX.
It was TMAC's
second European trip, both being in connection with adidas, as
he was in Paris for the 1998 adidas EURO abc Camp. He also attended
the 1999 adidas Asian Streetball Finals in Taipei, Taiwan and
the 2000 adidas Asian Streetball Finals in Manila, Philippines.
and adidas signed a lifetime contract in April, 2002. The deal,
which is for the duration of TMAC's basketball career and beyond,
is the most significant contract adidas has ever signed with a
professional athlete. "This is an unprecedented deal for
adidas," stated Erich Stamminger, Member of the Executive
Board of adidas-Salomon AG, responsible for Global Marketing.
"Tracy is one of the most exciting and respected players
in the NBA and we are impressed by his passion both on and off
TMAC added, "adidas has always been a company that has supported
me, as far back as high school through the ABCD Camp. This is
an exciting time in my life and I am happy that adidas has the
confidence in me both as a basketball player and as a person to
make this long-term commitment."
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