: he Orlando Magic lost their sixth consecutive game Saturday night, but at least Tracy McGrady says he's stopped thinking outrageous thoughts.
"Over the last five games, I've had some crazy thoughts, man," McGrady said. "I was thinking that after this year, I'm done with basketball.
"Done with basketball, period. That's how frustrated I've been."
McGrady said he even had questioned whether he had lost his "passion for it. ... if I lost my love for the game.
"But I realize I have too much pride for this to be going on," he said, speaking of his struggles as well as the team's.
"I'm taking it day to day. I'll do my best and put this team on my back."
T-Mac's still finding points hard to come by after being held to four points, tying a career low with the Magic, in a 100-71 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
"We took a step forward," McGrady said.
"My guys kept us in the game, even when I'm in a slump, and that's what we have to do."
Rivers said he had a long talk with McGrady, and T-Mac mentioned early retirement.
Rivers dismissed it, adding, "Yeah, T-Mac told me that.
"When you're struggling, you think the world's coming to an end. We forget he's 24.
"This is probably the best lesson for him in his young career."
But what a painful one.