It's time for T-Mac to sit or go. He has earned zero playing time this year. Is it the knee injury? They are hard to overcome and take time to completely heal. Maybe more time than the Rockets have allowed.
Is he jealous of the other stars the Rockets have accumulated? Tracy has proven mostly well-rounded and unselfish in his tenure in Houston, averaging in the mid twenties in scoring with a half dozen each of rebounds and assists. But does Artest push his buttons?
Is he just used up? He came to the pros straight out of high school so he has not yet reached his thirtieth birthday, but has played 11 1/2 seasons in the NBA. That's a lot of strain on a body, especially when he was the focus of his team most of those years.
The answer to each of the above questions is: I don't care. He is not producing. Rick Adelman owes it to the team to give someone else his minutes so that they can establish a rotation on which they can depend. This team can never establish a groove when their lineup changes every night, especially when Tracy just mails in his performance as he did tonight against the Raptors.
Tracy had a good run with the Rockets, but he is a player that relies heavily on his athleticism and it seems to have left him. The coach needs to sit him down until it returns.