One of the biggest stories in sports yesterday was the 1-on-1 ESPN interview with Kobe Bryant where he claimed to be the best 1-on-1 player ever and talked about specific battles with specific players such as Tracy McGrady.
“I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.”
When asked on Twitter to verify this story, T-Mac responded with a LOL and called out Kobe for lying.
@mheatfan631 LOL Hell no! That’s far from the truth. No one in the NBA is playing 1 on 1. Me and KB never went to Germany together either..
— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) January 18, 2013
It doesn’t make sense for Kobe make up such a detailed lie but it doesn’t make sense for T-Mac to point out that he’s never even went to Germany with Kobe if that wasn’t true. Now before you start calling Kobe Manti Te’0, take a look at this article that talks about the Adidas ABCD camps in Germany that Tmac and Kobe used to attend. It doesn’t say the two were in Germany together but between the picture above and the fact that this camp in Germany existed while Kobe and T-Mac were with Adidas does make it sound like Tmac’s memory could be selective.
The camp is part of the adidas global basketball camp network, which includes the adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. The ABCD Camp is run by basketball guru Sonny Vacarro and has been the “coming out” party for NBA stars such as Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury and Jermaine O’Neal.
After Berlin, TMAC and his group went to the adidas Headquarters in southern Germany. TMAC and adidas CEO, Herbert Hainer, introduced the new T-MAC 3 (will hit retailers on November 1, 2003) to the crowd. “It is a great feeling to have your own shoe. Each year I have worked with the adidas design team to make the shoe even better. I can tell you that the T-MAC 3 is the best one yet,” added TMAC. Both the T-MAC 1 (launched in January 2002) and the T-MAC 2 (launched November, 2002) quickly became the number one selling sports shoe in the US.
I have a feeling this isn’t the last we are going to hear from the two about this story.