Tracy McGrady’s “Love Letter” to Michael Jordan + MJ Going Off On T-Mac Over The Years
Shout out to Oakley And Allen for digging this up.
This was from a NBA magazine back when Michael Jordan was with the Wizards and Tracy McGrady was putting up 30+ points a game the way Michael Jordan used to do in the 80s and 90s. In the letter, T-Mac, who was almost traded to the Bulls on draft night until MJ vetoed the deal, talks about how big of a fan he was as a kid, how they met when he was just 17-years old and how excited he is that MJ is back in the league.
The following are a few match-ups between the two, including an early one from 1998, when MJ scored 33 and hit the game-winner against T-Mac and the Raptors; McGrady posted an impressive almost triple-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks.
Five years later, around the time of the above letter, T-Mac faced off against MJ and the Wizards and blew up for 43 points in a loss. In another loss against MJ and the Wiz, Tmac scored 31 points and was out shined by MJ and his 28 point half. After the game, Tmac had a great quote about his idol:
“I thought it was one of those nights where he was going to get 50. Thank God, he stopped shooting, spreading the ball around.”