Tracy McGrady says Kobe was the hardest player to guard | responds to TMZ headline about MJ
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Last week on the Up Close special with Jimmy Kimmel, Kobe Bryant said Tracy McGrady gave him the most problems. TMZ caught up with T-Mac at LAX to find out if the feeling was mutual. T-Mac replied that Kobe was his toughest opponent and nobody else was close. When the TMZ pap asked about Jordan, McGrady replied that he didn’t play MJ in his prime so it doesn’t count.
When TMZ posted the video on their website they put “Sorry Jordan…Kobe was way harder to guard” in the headline which didn’t sit well with McGrady who took to Twitter to respond.
Here’s what TMZ had to say about the T-Mac and Jordan video.
Remember, McGrady checked Jordan during MJ’s final title run in Chicago … when he was older, but still making opponents look foolish (see Bryon Russell).
So, did Tracy just forget his MJ years — or does he think Kobe is that good?
It is true that T-Mac faced off against MJ during that season but that’s also when T-Mac was just a teenager considered by some, including people within the Raptors organization, to be a player that wont last more than a few years in the league.
This is also around the time that Kobe Bryant claimed that he used to “cook” T-Mac when they would play 1-on-1 in Germany
“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.”
T-Mac’s response to Kobe’s story,
@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