A few of you have e-mailed recently asking for advice about some laid-up stars, so let's consider this a mailbag of sorts, shall we?
Tracy McGrady, Rockets: Can't say I didn't warn you. OK, that's a cheap shot, but let's be honest: You knew who you were getting into bed with when you drafted McGrady, no? Back problems can be nasty buggers, and a quick look at T-Mac's declines in scoring, shooting and games played over the last few seasons suggests his health woes are only getting worse. Houston's trainer this week even compared the situation to last season, when, it should be noted, McGrady missed 35 games. I say get what you can for him. And, at the very least, pull together a trade offer for Luther Head to help keep yourself afloat until T-Mac comes back.
Chris Bosh, Raptors: A knee injury that has kept Bosh out since Dec. 8 doesn't sound particularly serious, and Toronto probably is just being cautious with its franchise player. (The team claims he won't be back until the swelling and discomfort from the bone bruise subsides completely.) But fantasy owners rightfully deserve to be a little concerned that Bosh, a 6-10 stick figure of a big man who logs a lot of minutes at center, again is missing games after sitting out 12 last season. Still, it's too early to call him injury-prone. And though his shooting percentages have slipped, some of that can be attributed to Bosh taking more 3-point attempts and familiarizing himself with a slew of new teammates. Joe in Perth, Wash., needs 3s and assists, and wonders if he shouldn't take an offer of Mike Miller for Bosh. Say it ain't so, Joe. You can do better, even by doing nothing. Bosh should be fine once he returns to the court, and barring a shocking announcement, that should be fairly soon.