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He's already missed 85 games overall since arriving, including 34 in 2005-06 and 10 in 2006-07 with back pain, and 12 games last season with a bone bruise and tendinitis in his left knee.
McGrady said on the day before training camp began in late September that his knee was not healed from the surgery and was still painful. By December, McGrady was skipping the second games of back-to-back sets and took two weeks off in January to rest his knee. He returned and played seven games, then stopped playing after a loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 9.
Two days later, McGrady said he was going to seek doctors to discuss his knee, but expected to play again this season. He added that he would only consider surgery as a last resort.
"We've tried just playing through it, taking back-to-backs off, and extended periods of rest," McGrady wrote. "But none of it has really been effective in limiting the discomfort and allowing me to just go out there and play."
McGrady was averaging 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season, well below his career averages, and was shooting a career-low 38.8 percent from the field.
Houston is 33-52 in games McGrady has missed since 2004.
"You get paid to coach the people you have," Adelman said. "My choice is to have Tracy McGrady healthy and the player we knew. That gives us a much better chance to win games."
McGrady is due to make $23 million next season, the last year of his contract.
Team owner Les Alexander said before Tuesday's game that the Rockets would not try to deal McGrady before Thursday's trade deadline. Alexander also said he still believes the 29-year-old McGrady is a key component to making the Rockets contenders again.
"I always thought he was injured and had (health) problems," Alexander said. "He's a great player when he's healthy, and a great competitor."
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