McGrady's return to Rockets hazy

November 24, 2009

Tracy McGrady returned to practice Monday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in February, but the seven-time All-Star doesn't know when he will play for the Rockets.

McGrady said he's "ready to play basketball," but the Rockets aren't so certain. McGrady said the difference of opinion is not a problem, but he's upset people have faulted him for wanting to return now.

"Everybody wants to make a big deal that I'm this diva. ... It's crazy," McGrady said. He was set to have an MRI late Monday.

Shaquille O'Neal returned to Cavaliers practice for the first time since he injured a shoulder Nov. 12, when he strained his rotator cuff trying to block a dunk by the Heat's Michael Beasley. He has missed five games and is hoping to play Wednesday at Detroit. The team wouldn't comply when O'Neal asked for a cortisone injection, choosing to treat the injury with rest and rehab.

•Warriors coach Don Nelson has pneumonia and isn't traveling with the team for two games in Texas. Nelson, 69, will miss games Tuesday at Dallas and Wednesday at San Antonio. Keith Smart will coach the team during Nelson's absence.

- Associated Press

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