McGrady told TMZ yesterday that Kobe was the toughest player he ever had to guard and nobody was even close.  I guess he forgot about Bones, ...(Read more)

(2004) Brent Barry Almost Perfect In Duel With Tracy McGrady

McGrady told TMZ yesterday that Kobe was the toughest player he ever had to guard and nobody was even close.  I guess he forgot about Bones, better known as Brent Barry!

Although Barry probably wouldn’t crack T-Mac’s top 20, in his early days, Bone’s had a pretty exciting game, which included Curry-deep 3 pointers, White Chocolate-worthy dimes and highlight dunks that made ESPN reporters spit out cliche Woody Harrelson references.

In 2004, as a member of the (I really miss the) Seattle Supersonics, Barry was coming off a stretch of three games where he only scored a total of 13 points. Then against T-Mac and the Orlando Magic, he erupted for 25 points (6 of 6 shooting from downtown) and 10 assists in a victory. McGrady wasn’t so bad himself, scoring 40 points, which was 22 less than his career high 62 from a few nights earlier.  This performance was Barry’s best of the season but he stayed hot in his next game, scoring 28 points, hitting 7 threes and dishing out 9 assists against the Hawks.

The next time he faced off against McGrady, he had 9 scoreless minutes and T-Mac had 33 points, including 13 in the final 33 seconds!

Barry’s response to the last line would probably be this picture.

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