Unlike Michael Jordan’s last game before his first retirement and attempt at becoming a pro baseball player, Tracy McGrady wasn’t holding up a championship trophy when Game 6 of the NBA finals ended. Instead, McGrady was in shock because with less than a minute before the game ended, he was thinking about how he was going to celebrate his first NBA championship, but then the now infamous Spurs meltdown happened.
McGrady then retired, worked with NBATV throughout the NBA season and spent the past summer playing baseball with the Sugarland Skeeters. Then on July 17th, T-Mac announced his retirement from baseball.
So what is McGrady up to now? According to Yahoo Sports, he’s been working out with Kobe Bryant to see if he still has enough gas in the tank to make a NBA comeback.
“Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night.
McGrady is under contract to play overseas in October for a China tour but since any team that would consider signing him wouldn’t expect much from him during the NBA season, his China obligation shouldn’t be an issue.
What I’m more curious about is if Kobe and T-Mac played one-on-one and if Kobe “cooked” and “roasted” him like he did when he was 20 years old.
“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.”
Obviously T-Mac denied Kobe’s story with a tweet saying “LOL Hell No! That’s far from the truth. No one in the NBA is playing 1 on 1.”
We will never know if that really happened or not but we do have proof that the two superstars had some great battles in the NBA. Here’s a few clips of McGrady going against the player that he recently said was hardest player he ever had to guard.