Oklahoma City Thunder defeat New York Knicks, 121-118

Jeff Van Gundy is convinced that Tracy McGrady belongs among the league's elite players, but only on one condition.

"If he's healthy," Van Gundy said Saturday. "Believe me; if Tracy is healthy over the last 29 games you can put him in the conversation with the rest of the top free agents in 2010. That's how good he is."

Questions over McGrady's health and overall fitness will be answered over the final nine weeks of the season. McGrady, acquired by the Knicks in a th...

If only Donnie Walsh could have traded for Tracy McGrady months ago.

Maybe then the Knicks would be in the playoff race and McGrady's legs would have been strong enough to keep him on the floor in overtime. Instead, McGrady's stirring debut - save for two crucial blown free throws in regulation - was ruined by the Knicks' inability to defend and by the brilliance of Kevin Durant, who carried Oklahoma City in the final five minutes and is often compared to McGrady.