Jermaine O’Neal, T-Mac Partner Up to Form New Player-Rep Agency
Former NBA superstars Jermaine O’Neal and Tracy McGrady are partnering up to form a new player representation agency according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Per Stein, McGrady and O’Neal have been close since their playing days and have discussed the possibility of working together for quite some time now. The seeds for this partnership were originally planted at an Applebee’s in Portland a number of years ago and it appears that the duo is getting close to launching their new agency.
“It was our first time sitting down and having a conversation,” O’Neal said. “For two youngsters to have that type of communication and chemistry, that’s what I always remember every time I come in contact with Tracy.”
The agency is titled Seven1 Sports Group and Entertainment – a mashup of the numbers they wore as players.
“We think it’s needed, and we have a passion for it,” McGrady said. “We’re around kids every single day because we have youth programs. It just makes sense. We see the lack of information that these kids are getting, so we would be doing a disservice to our people if we don’t lend our expertise of what we know and help guide them. This is a calling that we have.”
O’Neal is currently in the process of getting certified as an agent by the NBPA.
“There’s no magic wand for this,” O’Neal said. “We’re not trying to say we’re the magic wand. But we’re going to be different. You can’t name another pair of people who have had the level of success and the ups and downs that we’ve had in our careers.”
This may be the start of a brand new empire!