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Retired NBA star McGrady returning to "first love," looks to pitch in Atlantic League

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    Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady delivers a pitch at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium as former major league pitcher Scipio Spinks, right, stands near Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

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    Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady points to the catcher after throwing a pitch into the dirt during a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas as manager Gary Gaetti, left, and former major league pitcher Scipio Spinks stand near. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

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    Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady adjusts his cap before a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

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    Feb. 12, 2014: Retired NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady trades his tennis shoes for cleats before a workout at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball stadium Wednesday, in Sugar Land, Texas. McGrady hopes to tryout as a pitcher for the independent Atlantic League Skeeters.AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

Baseball was Tracy McGrady's first love.

His talent as a basketball player pushed baseball aside in high school, but he never gave up his dream to play again.

So at age 34 after a 15-year career in the NBA, the 6-foot-8 McGrady is trying to earn a contract as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

McGrady says he's confident in his abilities and that making the team would fulfill a "lifelong dream."

McGrady starting playing baseball at age 5 and was a two-sport star until he transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy, which doesn't have a baseball team, for his senior year in high school.

The seven-time All-Star retired from the NBA in 2013 after playing for several teams including the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.