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McGrady Sidelined Until Regular Season

Don't worry, oft-injured Detroit Pistons guard/forward Tracy McGrady isn't injured. They're just trying to prevent it.

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McGrady won't play again until the Pistons open the regular season on Oct. 27, part of a precautionary plan by strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander to get McGrady back into midseason form.

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McGrady told the Free Press after tonight's 101-96 loss to the Mavericks that it’s doubtful he would play the rest of the preseason.

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He said he feels fine and feels that he can play, but he will follow the directions of strength and condition coach Arnie Kander.

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"I’m starting to get antsy," he said in the locker room of Van Andel Arena.

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The Pistons took an MRI of McGrady's knee, which has forced him to miss the better part of two seasons, and determined that it's "structurally sound." McGrady only played 30 games last year for New York and Houston and played just 35 two years ago, but it hasn't been for lack of effort. McGrady is working hard in the weight room trying to get back to form.

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And he has been working very hard on his body. He has been lifting weights, and he was pulling a platform with weights around the practice facility Tuesday under the watchful eye of Kander.

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But McGrady knows he has a long way to go to get right. He estimated it might come sooner, but it could take 20 games to get into tip-top basketball shape

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